After three weeks of almost continuous rain earlier in November, I woke up to beautiful sunshine and a cool breeze. We are now entering the best months to live and vacation in Belize, in my opinion – November to April. It’s not too hot, very little humidity and the days are picture-perfect. The beaches are sargassum-free, the Caribbean sea is cool and refreshing and there’s a constant cool breeze.
Expats and tourists alike are flocking to Placencia and hotels and B & B’s are filling up fast. All our friends have returned and we’ve resumed our Wednesday Get-togethers which is a lot of fun.
And, more exciting, for us anyway, business is picking up at our shop, Cloud9 Smoothies.
Our poptails (alcohol-infused frozen treats) are proving to be very popular and I’m experimenting with more flavours to make them even better.
A few months ago, I decided to write a book about our first year in Belize. I’m halfway through editing the third draft after which I’ll be giving it to a third party to read and offer advice. I must admit that I’m enjoying this process immensely and am very excited to be able to offer my, often funny, experiences with living and running a business in Belize, in a few months. So, look out for that.
Weather aside, I think Christmas and the holidays can be the best time of all in Belize.
I’m not sure why I didn’t vacation in a warm country before I moved to Belize – perhaps it was the thought that Christmas isn’t the same without snow – but I wish I had. I would rather have enjoyed my town’s Christmas lights in my sundress and sandals than my parka, scarf and mittens.
Fun Festive Events
The mix of locals and visitors at bars and restaurants and out and about at local events, is my favourite part of this time of the year. Placencia is not an all-inclusive resort experience. Here are some great holiday events coming up for the Christmas season.
Placencia’s Christmas Boat Parade
The yearly Christmas Boat Parade is a magical event put on by the owners of Buba Wuba’s Bar & Grill. This year, it’s being held on December 9th.
Boats of all shapes and sizes, decorated with Christmas lights other decorations, leave from Buba Wuba’s and sail to the Placencia Pier. Visitors and locals alike come out for this event. A really great evening.
Placencia Village Council Christmas Night Market
After checking out the boat parade, head on over to the night market, also at the pier.
Tipsy Strip Extravanganza
On Friday, December 22nd there’ll be a tree lighting, Santa, presents for the kids, hot chocolate, nachos, chocolate chip cookies, cocktails (yummm, cocktails), Christmas Carol singing competition for the primary school kids – what’s not to love? Such a festive night at one of Placencia’s most popular spots.
Placencia Christmas Parade
I love parades and there’s always a great turnout for the Placencia Christmas Parade held on December 24th – Christmas Eve.