Although the fall season conjures up images of leaves changing color and steep drops in daytime temperatures across North America, in Belize, fall is a season of abundant sunshine and summer-like temperatures. Due to Belize’s unique geographical location, this small Caribbean country enjoys plenty of delightful warmth with long days filled with golden sunlight.
Here are a few great reasons why you should visit Belize this fall:
Garifuna Settlement Day
Celebrated nationwide every November 19, Garifuna Settlement Day commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna people to the shores of Belize more than 200 years ago.
Recognized by the United Nations for their contributions to the intangible heritage of humanity, the Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people renowned for their music, drumming, dance, food, and language.
Garifuna Settlement Day is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Garifuna culture. The day begins with dramatic re-enactments of their dugout canoe landings on the beach and continues with exuberant dancing, drumming, and street parades. And everyone across Belize enjoys sampling unique Garifuna foods like cassava bread and fish stew made with coconut milk, plantains, and Caribbean spices.
Battle of the Drums
Another cultural event that combines the heritage of Garifuna drummers with ancient percussion traditions of the Maya is the Battle of the Drums.
Every fall, the town of Punta Gorda in Belize’s southern Toledo District plays host to a lively drumming competition that sees people dancing and enjoying music until the wee hours of the night. Held over an entire weekend, the Battle of the Drums is one of the best ways to see and experience the country’s rich tapestry of musical traditions.
Although neither Canadian nor American Thanksgiving are official holidays in Belize, the large number of visitors flocking to the country at this time has slowly built up Thanksgiving into one of the most popular quasi-holidays.
Visitors can enjoy turkey, stuffing, and all the traditional trimmings as well as watch the big game thanks to satellite feeds directly from the United States. Best of all, the warm weather in Belize makes it easy to burn off excess calories by enjoying activities like bird watching, nature tours, walking along the beach, or exploring ancient Maya ruins.
If you’d like to see and experience all the marvels that Belize has to offer, consider renting a vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental. With two convenient locations in downtown Belize City and the international terminal of the Philip Goldson airport, Tour Belize Auto Rental is the country’s premier vehicle rental company.