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This tacogirl List gives you a good range of options to help you choose what to do on Ambergris Caye. It also has a Belize events by month section and useful holiday planning information.
  • Enjoy sightseeing, eating & drinking your way around San Pedro and Ambergris Caye.
  • Learn about live music, karaoke, happy hours, and food specials. 
  • Save money on golf carts, accommodations, activities, bars, restaurants 
  • Have a fun and fabulous vacation with the tacogirl list.

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Use this Ambergris Caye google maps list for directions to participating businesses. 

Ready to get started right away? Click through for trip ideas or Expat Info to help you get your questions answered, and Belize vacation planning ideas. There’s lost of great existing information on my blog and you can also book a low cost consultation to help make your life easier. With 18 years experience on Ambergris Caye and in Belize I can help you wade through the internet noise and give you some easy options to suite your wish list.

Are you ready to research moving or plan your Belize Holidays?

Through a low-cost consultation, I can:

  • Inform you on the variety of tours offered in Belize and connect you with the great tour companies.
  • Help you find the perfect accommodations, save you money on San Pedro golf cart rentals, and guide you to the type of activities that you’re looking for.
  • With 18 years of experience living in Belize, on Ambergris Caye, I can help you unfold your relocation abroad dreams..
  • I come with a unique perspective. As someone who’s been on the island since 2006 (and became a dual citizen in 2020), I know all the ins and outs of San Pedro.
  • Click here to contact me so we can schedule your 10 or 20 min. consultation. Use subject line: Planning Help
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tacogirl list – more bang for less buck

Since 2003, my wife and I have been to Ambergris at least once a year to experience the fantastic diving. About twelve years ago we met tacogirl on a blog giving us discounts on golf carts, and restaurants. Over the years we have grown a friendship and I look forward to her weekly blogs about the changes on my favorite home away from home. The island changes every year, and she always shows you what to see, do, and eat. – Michael Rieck


We’re planning our first trip to Ambergris Caye, and Laurie “tacogirl” has been a tremendous resource. She has provided us guidance in choosing a cart rental company, and her website gives insider tips, as well as many discounts to local restaurants and bars. – Karen R.

Carts Belize Golf Cart Rentals

Conveniently located across from Tropic Air Carts Belize is an easy choice to help you get around Ambergris Caye on your vacation. We also offer delivery options.

From your favorite beach bars to Secret Beach, we’ll get you where you want to go. 

Our carts are clean, comfortable and well maintained. Carts come with: unique ignition key, lock bar, extended roof, bush bar, fold-down windshield, dual headlights, enhanced wheels, mud fenders, and locking trunks.  

At Carts Belize, our commitment to customer service is the “umbrella in your cocktail” for our superior Belize golf cart rental promise.

Contact tacogirl with Carts Belize in the subject line to book your 10% discounted cart.


One Love Golf Cart Rentals

We help you get from point A – B and then onto C and D. 

Our gas powered golf carts are fully equipped and feature aluminum bumpers, comfortable seating, locks, and tires that are good for island driving.

We offer 24/7 roadside assistance, as well as free delivery and pickup anywhere on Ambergris Caye. Also included in the price is liability insurance, tax, and a bridge pass. Add 4 % if you pay by credit card.

* Golf Cart delivery to further locations requires a minimum 3 day rental.

Email tacogirl with One Love in the subject line to save 10% on your cart rental. 

Polo’s Golf Cart Rentals

Let us help you get there. 
We offer you comfort, safety, freedom, and our golf carts are a great way of getting around Ambergris Caye and seeing the island.
Carts are available by delivery (within town limits) or pickup. It’s easy to find our colorful store front. We are located at the north end of Barrier Reef Drive (aka Front Street), just past the Belize Bank and next to The Phoenix resort. 
Email tacogirl with Polo’s Cart in the subject line if you want to save 10% on a golf cart rental with us.

Rocks Golf Cart Rentals

Our golf cart rentals allow you to take advantage of all our beautiful island has to offer. Get around Ambergris Caye in comfort and style.

We do a free delivery and pickup service of our golf carts to and from the San Pedro airport terminals, the water taxi, your resort or vacation rental home.

We offer both 4-Seater and 6-Seater Golf Carts as well as a 10% tacogirl Belize list discount. 

Contact tacogirl with Rocks Golf Cart in the subject line to book your discounted cart.

Our in person cart pick up and drop off option is located in the heart of San Pedro Town on Pescador Drive – aka Middle Street. Our hours are of operation are: Mon-Sun 7:00 am – 10:00 pm.
As an added bonus, when you rent one of our golf carts with a tacogirl discount, you can load it with groceries from our supermarket and save 5% off on us.
Rock’s Shopping Center offers all the essentials you need. Juices, sodas, rum, cigarettes, chips, frozen goods, toiletries, and much more.
Show us this listing on your smartphone and get 5% off your groceries.

I have chosen the hotels based all being located in or near downtown. This makes it easy to Savor San Pedro. 



Even if you rent a golf cart, sometimes it’s enjoyable to walk, especially with all the delicious restaurants and great beach bars you can stop at for a cold drink.

Blue Tang Inn

Blue Tang Inn often provides direct access to the beach, which means you can enjoy sea views and a relaxed beach atmosphere.

Blue Tang Inn, is is conveniently located on the north edge of San Pedro Town, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, bars, and other attractions’

Our rooms have full kitchens and air conditioning, as well as use of our private pool and a third-floor sundeck with ocean views. 

Another benefit to staying at Blue Tang is daily complimentary breakfast. 

Contact tacogirl to save 10% on your stay or a sailing excursion on the Serina Azul. 


Laguna Hotel

Laguna Hotel is a a centrally located option at a good price, with a rooftop pool.

Located on Laguna Drive,  the main road heading north, our hotel is walking distance to a lot. 

In addition to a great rooftop area, we offer free WiFi, and are pet-friendly.

Contact tacogirl to save 10% on your stay.


Spindrift Hotel

The Spindrift Hotel is a beachfront hotel conveniently located in heart of downtown San Pedro, Belize. Our location is perfect for those who like to be within walking distance to a lot, and have a great beach view.

We offer 24 rooms with: air conditioning, refrigerator, and free wifi. The hotel also features ZZ’s Beach Club onsite restaurant, bar and lounge, were you can enjoy a creative cocktail with your Caribbean Sea view. 

Contact tacogirl to save 10% on your stay.

Playa de Sala Adults Only Boutique Hotel

  • Use code Belize, get 10% off, direct bookings on Playa de Sala website only.
  • 5 unique individually styled suites. 
  •  It’s a beautiful morning to take our kayaks out on the bay. 
  • After kayaking you can stop for lunch at We Jammin’ Boat Bar or how about dinner and sunset at Sala’s Kitchen Restaurant and Roof Top Bar? Find us on Facebook to see more – Playa De Sala Adults-Only Boutique Hotel and on Instagram @playa_de_sala.

Ian Andersons Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Enjoy the Uniqueness of Staying at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch. Loose yourself in our special piece of nature filled paradise.

We offer an an immersive rainforest experience which includes the option of a nighttime jungle walk tour on our property.

Choose from a variety of luxury jungle accommodations including: treehouses, cabanas and bungalows. Our rooms are all designed to maximize your experience with nature. 

Our expansive lodge grounds also houses a extensive botanical garden, where you can learn about flora and fauna of Belize.

We also offer a great food experience, with family a beautiful family style dining hall with a view. Our Farm offers fresh poultry, dairy for our guests. Everyone loves our gourmet cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables. We will definitely leave you satisfied.  

Take an afternoon adventure to nearby (walkable) St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park for walking trails and a turquoise swimming hole bordered by caves.

Contact tacogirl to save 10% on your stay at Ian Andersons Cave Branch.


Serina Azul
If you are looking for unique San Pedro snorkeling tours, look no further. 

The Serina Azul is a 40-foot wooden sailboat that offers a comfortable and relaxing ride to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The popular marine reserve is known for snorkeling and diving, and its vibrant marine life. Expect to see a variety of marine species such as colorful fish, coral formations, and potentially sea turtles and rays. 

We guarantee you will have a memorable experience on the Serina Azul sailboat

Save 10% on your Serina Azul tour email tacogirl to arrange it today

Sirena Azul

Fishing or Snorkeling with Nestor Cerpa

A fun fishing tour discount with local fisherman Nestor Cerpa. What makes this a great option is that I work with you to customize your 1/2 day or full day adventure.

My tours generally start at 9:00 am and return around 12:30 for a morning start and afternoon tours run from 2 – 5 pm. Full day ends around 4:30 and tours come with resort pick up and drop off available.

My Ambergris Caye Fishing Tours:

 Reef fishing, spear fishing, deep sea fishing full or half days.
*Spear fishing outside the reef is an option for more advanced skill levels and is dependent on having calm weather conditions.
Tour includes beverages listed below and is fully customizable. You can add snorkeling or a beach barbecue to your fishing trip. 
For half day trips I will clean your catch and you can take it to Margie & Kenny’s Hangout restaurant that cooks your catch. They do a great family style fisherman’s platter and serve up your fish in a variety of mouthwatering ways. See their pricing and more above.

More Snorkeling and Fishing Options:

These tours include: a private snorkeling guide & captain, water, sodas, rum punch, beers, snorkel equipment
  • You could also opt for the North point channel, where you’ll have a 50/50 chance to snorkel with a manatee in that area.
  • One of my more unique tours, Bacalar Chico area is always a fun filled full day tour – fishing, snorkeling and beach cook out. It also includes a visit to the north area museum which hosts a great collection of Mayan artifacts.
  • Another fun option is snorkeling at a barge that sunk many years ago.
  • For half day snorkeling tours I offer 2 snorkel stops and a choice of either Hol Chan and Shark Ray alley or Mexico rocks and the engagement ring.
  • You can also have me take you snorkeling and then do lunch on Caye Caulker (at your own expense.)

* If you opt for Hol Chan, there is an additional $10us park fee per person to enter the marine reserve.

Contact tacogirl with Nestor Cerpa in the subject line if you want the discount for a fishing or snorkeling tour.

Garifuna Cooking Class

Enjoy a hands-on culinary adventure at the Black and White Garifuna Restaurant.

Savor the rich and diverse flavors of Belizean cuisine with a Garifuna cooking class under the guidance of myself, (the owner) Julia Martinez.

Select 3 options from our menu, which offers a wide range of mouth-watering dishes including: hudut, darasa, bundiga, stewed chicken, fried Jacks, Garifuna virgin snapper, conch fritters, and flour tortillas. Each dish tells a story of the vibrant Garifuna and Belize culture.
From using the freshest locally sourced ingredients to mastering traditional cooking techniques, you will participate in an unforgettable hands-on experience. Whether you’re a skilled chef or still learning, my cooking class caters to everyone.
Classes are $100 USD per person and usually run from 2:00PM to 5:00PM and l provide all ingredients, you pick any three meals from our menu. All food is for you to enjoy at our restaurant or to go, for dinner at your place.
If you are interested in taking a Belizean cooking class at the popular Black and White Garifuna restaurant, email tacogirl to arrange it today.


Garifuna cooking class. Image Courtesy of Island Rosemary (find her on Fb)

Belize Food Tours

There’s no better way to enjoy your Ambergris Caye vacation than taking our food tour.

  • You get to try some delicious local food and drinks at some great local restaurants you might not find otherwise.
  • As you walk around San Pedro Town, you will learn about its rich history. 
  • Get some great photo ops for lasting holiday memories.

Belizean Bites Lunch Tour 

Start time and place: 11:00AM at Central Park, downtown San Pedro.
Taste the vibrant flavors of Belize as we venture off the beaten path to some of our favorite “mom & pop” kitchens. Bite into flavorful Maya-inspired snacks, enjoy Belize’s staple Creole goodness and explore Belizean rums, while you discover our rich culture. This is the perfect way to get to know the island, one bite at a time!
Cost 52 US. Included with Tour – All preselected food samples, 2 local rum cocktails/beer and a rum cream tasting stop.

Savor Belize Dinner Tour

Start time and place: 5:00PM at Central Park, downtown San Pedro. 
Explore the island’s culinary diversity as we sample unique dishes from restaurants you’ll only hear about from a local. Sip on artfully crafted Belizean cocktails. Savor heavenly Mayan foods, mouth-watering seafood appetizers, and rich Mestizo and Garifuna recipes. Experience the very best and most authentic foods San Pedro’s table has to offer!
72 US per person , Included with Tour – All preselected food samples, 4 local rum cocktails/beer and a rum tasting stop.
* All alcoholic beverages can be substituted with a mocktail, fresh natural juice or soda.


To get your tacogirl discount from restaurant listings below, mention the list  or show their offer on this page.

Green Parrot Bar and Bistro

Our delicious lunch option is located on the lush, tropical grounds at Portofino Beach Resort. The big benefit to enjoying lunch at our restaurant is here is use of the fabulous resort pool and a beautiful stretch of beach. 

We offer indoor and outdoor seating, you can also arrange your meal to be served by the pool.

Choose from a variety of tropical cocktails and smoothies while you unwind as we cook you a delicious lunch.

Happy Island Beach Bar and Grill

Happy Island Beach Bar and Grill – Secret Beach’s only 2 Time winner for Lobster Fest 2023! We are locally owned and operated with fun, friendly staff. We offer a casual upbeat atmosphere, the finest cocktails and a tasty menu…try our ceviche!!!
Happy Island daily Happy Hour specials 2 for 1 local rum.
Happy Island tacogirl discount – get a free rum punch and a 10% savings on your bill for cash payments.
Entertainment – live music Wednesday and Sunday. Also by request for birthdays and special events.
A few food choices – Jalapeño poppers, veggie nachos, and Belizean BBQ on Sundays.
Pair your delicious meal with icy cold drinks, Belikin Beer, or one of our famous viper shots.
We have plenty of options, covered seating, beach loungers and in water  seating.
Follow us on Facebook Happy Island Beach Bar and Grill to see events as they come up and our fabulous view. 


Roadkill Bar and Grill

Whether you are on your way to or from Secret Beach, come visit us for some island fun.

W can also offer you a famous wade the gringo burger or another delicious option from out menu..

Sundays, are karaoke and we will soon be starting taco Tuesdays again.

Our tacogirl list discount is 10% off drinks.

Portofino Restaurant

Our treehouse-setting is a great option for creative cocktails, ice-cold Belikin Beers, and a delicious dinner views. 

Let us be your designated driver, if you are staying north within a couple of moles on either side of us, we offer free pick up in our 6 seater golf cart. 

We also offer special occasion dockside dining. What ever moment you want to celebrate, we can make it magical.

Secret Beach Waterpark Bar & Grill

If you are looking for fun, we have you covered. At Secret Beach Waterpark, no only can we keep you entertained but we can also tantalize your testbeds.

Join us for Easter and family fun:

Saturday: Join our Easter egg hunt with prizes including food & drinks, candy and spa specials. Enjoy complimentary waterpark entrance from 1pm – 4pm – on a space available basis.

Sunday: Always a hit, the 3rd annual Kayak race from town to our bar. 

Choose from our must have menu items:  Our BBQ Jalapeno burger is wonderful!  Our El Jefe tacos are incredible as well.  We also have an extensive seafood menu with our popular seafood platter that is big enough for 4.  

Happy Hour:  Every day 3pm to 4pm with 2 for 1 local Rum drinks

Taco Girl Special:  Free Panty Ripper and waterpark pass for 2.

Coming Soon – Cococabana Restaurant & Bar
Our restaurant is 2.5 miles North of the bridge, with off-street parking. We serve lunch, dinner and drinks. Our menu has a delicious variety of Belizean, Mexican, Seafood, and Caribbean options. We can serve family style on request, as well as accommodate plant based or special needs diets –  vegetarian friendly, vegan, and gluten free.

At our north Ambergris Caye restaurant we offer outdoor seating, have a full bar, accept Mastercard & Visa, share our WIFI, and offer table service or takeout. 

Donna Maksymchock Williams  had this to say about us: “A nice island vibe. Good place to stop on the way to or from Secret Beach.”

Downtown San Pedro is a great option for food and Drinks. Not only can you walk to many places you can also get both seaside and lagoon views.

El Patio Restaurant and Bar

  • Great deals on our lunchtime favorite specials. Take-out only lunch menu is available from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
  • Join us for Live Music nights: Wednesday with Brent Butcher and Fridays enjoy live saxophone music along with 2 for 1 Sangrias.
  • tacogirl discount – Enjoy the taste of an authentic Belizean appetizer, get a free salbute with your meal – one per person. This delicious appetizer is made with love from: corn masa, stewed boneless chicken breast, cabbage/cilantro slaw, tomato, onions and jalapeños.
  • Celebrate your special event at El Patio. Our large covered open air restaurant is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or large group dinners.
  • Good food isn’t just about the taste, it’s a combination of where and with whom you eat it. 
  • See more of our delicious food on our facebook page – El Patio Restaurant & Lounge.

The Black Pearl Restaurant and Bar

  • Happy Hour on local drinks every day from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We also feature local rum for $3.50 daily from 10 am to 3pm. 
  • We have lots of great weekly events including live music: Monday: singer – Dennis Wolfe, Tuesday: band – Ambergris Vibes, Wednesday: singer – Benito Bol. Got a talent? Come show us at our “San Pedro Got Talent” on Thursday night from 7pm-10pm. All talents are welcome and if yours is really amazing you could win a prize! 
  • tacogirl discount -Enjoy a free local rum drink, beer, soda or water with your purchase of a meal at our establishment.
  • We are also a great venue for weddings and large groups such as parties, birthdays, anniversaries and meetings. Whether you’re a big group, a group of friends, or just yourself, we guarantee you will enjoy our restaurant’s lively and welcoming atmosphere.
  • See more on our Social Media – The Black Pearl Restaurant at Fido’s Courtyard on Facebook and @theblackpearlrestaurantbz on Instagram.


Palapa Bar and Grill

Daily Happy hour is 2 for 1 local Rum and local vodka from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

We are your live music headquarters on Ambergris island and the only bar that has live music nightly from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. For our entire music line-up, check our live music calendar.

We also cater to the people who like their fun early with live music on Friday, Saturday & Sunday’s from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm.

tacogirl discount 10% off any sandwich or entrée.

ZZ’s Beach Club at the Spindrift Hotel

We are a great new restaurant located in town center at the Spindrift Hotel. Join us for delicious waterfront dining on the veranda or enjoy a stylish airconditioned indoor option.

Enjoy a drink on us. Our Happy Hour Special is buy pone get one on local drinks daily 11:00am – 6:00pm  (except Monday when we are closed)

ZZ Beach Club is located in the Spindrift Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive. We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 am


Taking a leisurely drive south offers you a great chance to see more of Ambergris Caye.

Black & White Garifuna Restaurant & Cultural Center

Join us for some authentic Belizean culture and food.

Daily Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm  – 2 for 1 drinks with Caribbean Gold rum , Caribbean White rum, Hyper Vodka, and coconut rum.

Every Thursday night we have a Garifuna buffet and cultural show. This is a great opportunity to see Garifuna drumming and learn about the people and their history.

tacogirl discount will be a shot of Garifuna Rum Bitters at dinner time or a free cup of Belizean coffee @ breakfast.

*We will host a cultural night buffet any night for a group of 10 or more.

See tours and activities section for details on our Garifuna cooking class.

We also have great sweets – Mayan chocolate fudge, peanut fudge, coconut fudge, rum fudge, vanilla fudge, sesame fudge, Johnny Cakes, coconut creole bread, sweet bun, coconut crust, sweet potato pudding, cassava pudding, banana pudding, coconut tableta, and more.

Margie and Kenny’s Hangout Restaurant and Karaoke Bar

  • We offer tasty home cooked $10 – $12 lunch specials every day except Tuesday, our day of rest.
  • Happy hour all day on local rum drinks and beers for only $4bze.
  • Every Karaoke night groups of 3 singers or more get a free round of kamikaze shots.
  • Let Kenny’s Sunday barbecue (below) speak to you. 
  • Get a 10% tacogirl discount on your food or free rum punch with your meal order.
  • You catch~ we cook. $20 per person and we provide a side and a custom platter from your fishing tour catch which includes blackened, grilled, or curry to name a few options. We can also set up a family style option with extra sides depending on how large your crew is.
  • Our restaurant is also a great place for any group celebrations, weddings, birthdays, and anniversary parties. We do not charge for the space and we offer an easily customizable ‘build a party’ package.
  • Watch our facebook – Margie and Kenny’s Hangout, to see our food and karaoke fun.

Sala’s Kitchen Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

  • The picture below shows kitchen side seating and there’s always the rooftop option too, if you want a bird’s eye view to enjoy the sunset with amazing drinks!
  • We’ll be having delicious lobster dishes available in our menu throughout the 2023 lobster season. 
  • tacogirl discount – Free appetizer upon dinner purchase at Sala’s Kitchen and Rooftop  Bar
  • Thank you for making us part of your Belizean Vacation and find us on Facebook to see more – Sala’s Kitchen at Playa de Sala.


We Jammin’ Boat Bar (Bar food available and full menu from Sala’s Kitchen)

  • Our bar is open Daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm with happy hour from 1-3pm.
  • We Jammin’ Boat bar is in full swing. Take the drive south of town to enjoy a cold, refreshing drink and delicious food at our Boat Bar! 
  • Don’t forget you can use the pool, enjoy the private beach and of course we’re an adult-only and pet friendly property.
  • tacogirl discount – Complimentary mimosa upon breakfast purchase at We Jammin’ Boat Bar.
  • We chose the pic below to leave the Boat Bar, in the distance, a surprise. We also wanted to highlight the pool and all the great seating options available when you visit the Boat Bar. 


CG Esthetic

CG Esthetic is a full service salon in San Pedro that offers a variety of spa services. 
  • Hair care, styling, color, highlights, lowlights, and more.
  • Pedicure, manicure, gel and acrylic nails, nail art.
  • Facial treatments, waxing, make-up, and massage.
We also offer bridal packages, spa parties, and gift certificates and you can get a tacogirl List discount of 15% on facials and waxing. Just ask for it when booking your appointment.
Our hours are 10:00 – to 5:00 pm Tuesday to Friday and 10 to 1 Saturday.  


We come to you!

At Spaabulous mobile day spa, we Indulge you with a luxurious spa experience in a comfortable space of your choosing. 

A session at Spaabulous is a heavenly experience designed to immerse you in a state of deep relaxation and leave you feeling refreshed. We offer spa packages, individual treatments, friends, or romantic couple services and more.

Mobile Spa services are are available from 7:00 am-6:00 pm, seven days a week. Click  through to learn more about our services and massage etiquette.

tacogirl list discount – Indulge in pure relaxation – book a facial or massage with us, and elevate your experience with a lavish touch. Enjoy the added luxury of a complimentary eco-friendly hot paraffin alternative treatment for your hands or feet. 


Caribbean Spice

Established in 1999, our popular specialty store is a cooking enthusiast’s dream – with all natural spices, seasonings, condiments and so much more. You can easily recreate and properly season your favorite Belizean dishes no matter where you live.

And saving the best for last – Big News!

Just like the Palapa Bar below, you can now buy Belikin Beer outside of Belize and have it shipped right to your door. tacogirl discount – Use promo code BelizePlease (all one word) to get a 5% discount on your Caribbean Spice orders. 

Fresh n Go

We are conveniently located across from Tropic Air and offer a small selection of ready to grab and go food items. We also have an eclectic mix of items stocking our shelves. 

We are an easy grab and go food stop on your way on or off the island.

tacogirl discount save 5% on you Fresh n Go purchase.

San Pedro Provisioning

We do the shopping so you don’t have to. 

Let us stock your vacation rental before you arrive so you can spend your time sipping a welcome cocktail instead of heading back out for the essentials.

Visit our website to easily fill your grocery order and use code tacogirl to save 5% at checkout.

I started coming to San Pedro Belize in 2007 and that is when I met the online presence of tacogirl. Her blogs on the island and area are very personable and informative. She gives out promo codes from time to time so watch out for those. You cannot go wrong with someone who was a tourist and now lives here for quality info. Thanks tacogirl for helping make my trips memorable!. – Myra F

More Belize holidays planning information

This Belize Calendar of Events and Celebrations  is a useful holiday planning guide for those who who want to experience the variety that Belize has to offer and make the most of easy vacation planning and enjoyment

* The calendar is a continuous work in progress and I have also included weather on Ambergris Caye by month, with the temperature range in both Fahrenheit and Celsius:

March Events and Celebrations

Tues Mar 5th – Beats on the Beach Garifuna Drumming and Punta Dance at TipSea Beach Bar.

March 9TH – National Heroes and Benefactors Day.

Sun Mar 17th – 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Nauti Crab beach bar.

Mar 29th – Good Friday (date varies, usually in late March or early April)

March 30th: Easter egg hunt with prizes including food & drinks, candy and spa specials. Enjoy complimentary waterpark entrance from 1pm – 4pm – on a space available basis.

March 31st: Cheer on the racers at the 3rd annual Kayak race from town to Secret Beach Waterpark Bar & Grill.. 

Mar 31st – Easter Sunday

March Weather: The driest and often windiest month of the year, with high temperatures and clear skies. 78°F (26°C) – 86°F (30°C)

April Mainland Events and Celebrations

April 11th – Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, cycling race from Belize City to San Ignacio. 

Toledo Chocolate Festival, celebrating rich history and culture of chocolate in Belize, that dates back to the ancient Maya. The popular annual festival includes, tastings, workshops, art music and more.  Date coming.

The Monkey River festival showcasing crafts, culture, cooking, music in the Monkey River Village which is known for it’s verity of wildlife and natural beauty. Date coming.

April Weather: A hot and sunny month, with a slight increase in rainfall and wind. 80°F (27°C) – 88°F (31°C)

May Events and Celebrations

May 1st – National public and bank holiday of Labor Day is Observed. Most of the country celebrates with parades to raise awareness and honor workers.

May: The start of the rainy season, with high temperatures and humidity. 82°F (28°C) – 90°F (32°C)

June Events on Ambergris Caye

June 28th – Dia De San Pedro is a 10 day celebration that honors St Peter aka San Pedro the Patron Saint of Fishermen. Both Travelers and Islanders always enjoy the colorful carnival that gets set up at the old football field (Saca Chispas)

June: A wet and windy month, with frequent thunderstorms and cloudy days. 82°F (28°C) – 90°F (32°C)

July Events in Belize

July, Is a repeat visit for many who love the Annual San Pedro Lobster festival.  Caye Caulker and Placencia also have them too on a smaller scale. 

On San Pedro this starts with the infamous Lobster Crawl then moves onto a  big Block Party at Saca Chispas, downtown San Pedro and finishes with a Boca del Rio area beach party. Follow San Pedro Lobster festival FB page for updates and announcements for the 2024 Lobster Festival.

July: A slightly cooler month, with less rainfall and more sunshine. 82°F (28°C) – 89°F (32°C)

First time travelers questions about visiting Belize in early July.

August Events and Celebrations

August: The hottest month of the year, with high humidity and rainfall. 82°F (28°C) – 89°F (32°C)
Advance planning for August on Tripadvisor Belize Forum.


September Events in Belize

The birthday month of Belize and country wide there are big celebrations for Independence day. All around the island people proudly hang flags.

September 10th – St. Georges Caye Day, St. George’s Caye was settled as a town in 1650, and was the largest settlement in what was at the time British Honduras in the 17th century and 18th century, until its importance was eclipsed by the growth of Belize City. Source: Wikipedia

Sept 21st – Countrywide Independence day parties and parades. Its such a fun time to visit Belize. I remember my first Parade in 2006, it came as a surprise and it felt like the whole island was either in the parade or watching. 

September: The peak of the rainy season, with heavy downpours and strong winds. 81°F (27°C) – 88°F (31°C)

september in belize celebrating independence

October Parties on Ambergris Caye

Oct 12th – Pan America Day is observed in Belize, formerly known as Columbus Day.

Oct : Halloween on Ambergris Caye is definitely a fun time and be prepared for a few spread out parties, the biggest one still being at the Holiday Hotel Restaurant La San Pedrana.  This usually falls on the closest Saturday before Halloween if it does not fall on a weekend.

Oct 31st – Catch the Witches Race from  and paddleboard race and Shocktoberfest at Wayo’s. 

October: The wettest month of the year, with possible flooding and hurricanes. 79°F (26°C) – 86°F (30°C)


November Celebrations in Belize

Nov 19th – Garifuna Settlement Day celebrating the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belize’s. They came seeking refuge from St Vincent and landed on shore over 200 years ago.
November: A transitional month, with decreasing rainfall and temperature. 77°F (25°C) – 84°F (29°C)
Taste of the Caye Annual Food Festival


Island Style December Events and Celebrations

December is always a fun month on Ambergris Caye and the island comes alive with Christmas spirit. I always recommend a drive around the island at dusk to see all the great neighborhood decorations.

Dec 2nd – San Pedro Town Council Tree Lighting in Central Park 7:00 pm

Dec 13th – Island Academy Christmas Pageant starts at 7:30.

Dec 17th – the annual Love FM Christmas Parade through town. 

Dec 19th – Stew’s Putt Putt Extravaganza boat crawl start time 10:30 am at Coconut Cafe. 

Dec 21st – Tree lighting at Alia Resort 7:00 pm.

Dec 22nd – Live Music with Bill Hay at Aji Tapa Bar 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Dec 23rd – The Boutique pop up shop Festive Market edition.

Dec 23rd – Christmas Farmers Market at the Truck Stop from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dec 23rd – Daryl Kennedy and Ugly Weather Party at Crazy Canucks 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Dec 24th – Christmas eve dinner 6:00 pm Sea Salt Restaurant and Terrace Bar and  rum tasting, both at Alia 9:00pm – 11:00pm.

Dec 25th – Christmas Lunch special and guitar circle 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Dec 25th – places serving on Christmas Day: Aji, Blue Water Grill, Capricorn, Mambo, Sandbar, Wayo’s, the deck, 

Dec 31st – New Year’s Eve dinner at Sea Salt Restaurant and Terrace Bar at Alia.

Current December Weather for San Pedro and Ambergris Caye Belize

December Weather: It’s a a cross between winter dream come true and heavy rain. When we were not getting drenched the past few days, it’s been a pleasant month, with mild weather and low humidity. 75°F (24°C) – 83°F (28°C)

January Events

It’s won’t be long before the New Years Eve parties start getting announced. The three below are guaranteed places to ring in 2024 start time to be announced.

Thurs Jan 18 th – Flea market at The Hut Barge and Grill 10:00 am.

Sat January 20th – San Pedro Farmers Market, 11:00 am at the Truck Stop.

Sun Jan 21st – Paint for Paws at the Holiday Hotel.

Sun Jan 21st – Overseas Bar and Grill – El WenchoMeeting of the Mayans 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Jan 24 th Nauti Crab – El Wencho, Meeting of the Mayans from 12:00pm – 3:00 pm

Thurs 25 th – Camp Belize,  Jerry Jeff Walker Fest, Palapa Bar and Grill 8:00 pm.

Jan 27 th – Opening Ceremonies Bambu Chicken Music Fest – hosted by Caribbean Villas Hotel.

Sunday Funday Jan 28th – Bamboo Chicken Band, The Beach Bar and Grill at Caribbean Villas, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Jan 28thAnnual Camp Belize 2024. Most events will be held at Camp Belize headquarters aka the Palapa Bar and indicated in Blue on the schedule below.

The schedule is ready, looks like a great lineup. See you all soon! All the blue colors mean most events at Palapa Bar. 


January Weather: Generally, January on Ambergris Caye, is one of the coolest months of the year. With moderate temperatures ranging from 70°F (21°C) – 83°F (28°C) So far it has not been sweater weather in January 2024. December 2023 was a different story. 

belize traditions and celebrations

February Events and Celebrations

Feb 3rd – Bamboo Chicken Band at the Palapa Bar and Grill 8:30 – 10:00 

Feb 7th. Songwriters Showcase at Estel’s from 6 – 9 pm.

Feb 9 th – Dan Healy Band with Special guitarist Garry Dillon at Caribbean Villas from 7 – 10 pm.
Feb 10th – Dan Healy Band  Wayo’s Beach Bar 6:00pm 9:00pm.
Feb 10th – Carnival Comparsa talent show and street party – 6:00 pm until? Music DJ Baby, Bigz Carcamo & Kream. Central Park 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb 10th – Evening Reina Del Carnival coronation party at the Holiday Hotel. 
Feb 11th – Carnival  en Familia with games, foam party, prizes. Music bt DJ Debbie and Island Flames Band. Event from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Boca del Rio Park.
Feb 12th – Paint, powder and foam party with Music by DJ Debbie. Central Park 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb 13th – Neon paint & powder yarty with music bt Shifta, Baby & Hubee. Central Park 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb 14th – Valentines dinners to be added as they become available.
Feb 14th – Songwriters Jam at the Beach Bar at Caribbean Villas rom 7:00pm – 10:00 pm.
Feb 15th – Michael Ferro at the Beach Bar at Caribbean Villas rom 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
February Weather on Ambergris Caye: Generally a dry month, with plenty of sunshine and lower humidity. 76°F (24°C) – 84°F (29°C)
TripAdvisor Belize forum question about visiting Belize in February.

Useful Belize Vacation Information

Take the guesswork out of your travel planning with the following frequently asked Belize travel questions.

  •  What is the official language spoken in Belize?

One of the things that makes the country so popular is that English is the primary language of Belize. Spanish and Kriol are also widely spoken. Less common are Q’eqchi’ Maya and Mopan, both are Mayan languages which are mostly concentrated in the southern region of the country,

  • What is the currency in Belize?

The Belizean Dollar (BZD), is the official currency of the country. The Belize dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 2:1, which means that one U.S. dollar is equal to two Belizean dollars. Travelers can use both U.S. dollars and Belizean dollars at most businesses in Belize, although in smaller establishments it is better to use lesser denominations. Your change may come in either currency, and at bank machines, you will get Belize dollars.

Belizean coins in circulation are 0.1, 0.5, 0.10, 0.25. 0.50 cents and $1, Paper money in circulation are 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars. 

Some easy Holiday Planning help: A Tipping Guide to Belize and Belize Banking and ATM Fees.

  • What is the weather like in Belize?

The weather in Belize is largely influenced by two main seasons: rainy season from June to November and dry season. The average temperature in Belize is 84°F  or 29°C. It varies depending on the region and the altitude of where you are. The coast and the lowlands are usually more humid, while the highlands and the mountains are drier and cooler.

  • What is the food like in Belize? 

There are many delicious foods you can try in Belize. Stewed chicken rice and beans is a must for tasting a countrywide favorite. Other must try foods include fry jacks (at breakfast), garnaches (snack), escabeche (soup), Ceviche (seafood), and tres leches cake.

  • Is it safe to travel to Belize?

Although you may have read about Belize having a high crime rate or being placed on travel advisories by first world countries, Belize travel is generally safe, although it is important to be a smart traveler. Do not bring out more than you need at night – leave your extra cash, cards and fancy jewelry at home. Driving in Belize can be sometimes a safety issue due to poor road conditions in some areas, lack of signage, erratic drivers, big trucks, and wildlife crossings.

  • What are the emergency numbers on AmbergrisCaye?

911: works as general emergency number for police, fire and ambulance services in Belize. You can dial this number from any phone in Belize to get immediate assistance. On Ambergris Caye you can also call RRR Emergency response +501-627-1117 and Island Emergency Services at  +501-615-2998

  • What vaccinations do I need for Belize?

Most people to not get vaccinated for travel. No matter where you are, its always good to be up to date on your tetanus shot. Belize recently was certified Malaria free Country from World Health Organization (WHO)

  • What kind of clothing should I pack for Belize?

Belize is a tropical country with warm and humid weather, so you should pack light, breathable and comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes and sandals. Unless you are here for a special celebration like a wedding, chances are, you won’t need any formal wear, as Belize is very casual. However you may want to pack a nice dress for girls and a nicer short sleeve button-down shirt for guys. Sun protection is also important if you plan on doing a lot of time outside or by the water. Sun protection clothing is great and reef safe sunscreen is also important. 

If it’s your first time planning a trip here, the TripAdvisor Belize Forum post on Tipping in Belize gives you some good information.

A common Belize Airport question answered – How much time should I allow between scheduled arrival and booked flight on Tropic Air to San Pedro?

Link to the main Belize Travel Forum on TripAdvisor it has a dropdown option at the tip to search by district. There are good questions with useful answers here by both travelers and travel industry people..

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