February is a fantastic time to visit Ambergris Caye in Belize as the island ushers in the season of Lent with exuberant Carnaval festivities. The streets of San Pedro fill with parades, music, and locals competing in special group dances called comparsas. One particularly fun local tradition involves flour fights and body painting. The main streets in town are closed so locals can have fun painting one another in brightly colored water-soluble paint.
The multi-day festival also hosts art exhibitions, and locals and visitors alike can compete in several different categories for best watercolor painting. Another popular tradition is the Mardi Gras-type parades where locals march through the streets singing silly and raucous songs to the beat of live music. Carnaval in San Pedro is a great place to let your freak flag fly as lots of men take advantage of the festivities to dress up in wildly colorful women’s outfits.
For children, there’s also a special pinata party. Live entertainers sing silly songs including parodies of popular favorites.
Carnaval ends with a huge celebration that includes a comical ceremony known as Juan Carnaval. For more than 100 years, locals read out the purported will of the apocryphal figure of Juan Carnaval and then burn him in effigy in order to ward off bad luck for the following year.
The raucous celebration of Carnaval is one of the most enjoyable traditions in Belize. Visitors come from all over the country and around the world to participate in all the fun. With plenty of local color on display, many have compared San Pedro’s Fiesta de Carnaval to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
In 2016, Ambergris Caye will celebrate Carnaval from February 6-9.
The Sunbreeze Suites
Offering excellent accommodations on Ambergris Caye, the Sunbreeze Suites is located on a stretch of beach in the heart of San Pedro. The hotel has its own beachfront restaurant and open-air bar and all rooms come with a full range of amenities, including free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The hotel also has its own swimming pool for the comfort of its guests. The rear of the hotel connects directly to downtown San Pedro, with shops, ATMs, and restaurants just steps away.
The Sunbreeze Suites offer 20 luxuriously appointed one-bedroom suites with an unobstructed view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The knowledgeable staff of the Sunbreeze can give you tips on how to see all the best parts of Carnaval so you never miss any of the fun!
This is a sponsored post by The SunBreeze Suites in Ambergris Caye, Belize.