Visiting Ambergris Caye in February? Do not miss the Fiesta De Carnaval

Photo by
Photo by

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.

ambergris caye belize hotels

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.

Top Places to Stay in Belize

Belize Tour Companies and Travel Agents

Belize Real Estate Opportunities

June 17, 2018

Latham: Hard work must be the national symbol of Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize — Belize is tiny for a country — about the land size of Maryland — but it...
Read More
June 17, 2018

7 Ambergris Caye Restaurants Secret Special Request Options

Once you have lived on Ambergris Caye awhile, you get to know which restaurants have off-menu special request options. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Please Belize Me: Ten Reasons to Put Ambergris Caye on Travel List

After a year of procrastination and poor planning, Belize finally made it on my to do list in 2018. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Autograph Collection Hotels Set to Debut in Belize with the Opening of Alaia

Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, today announced the brand will debut in Belize with the...
Read More
June 12, 2018

5 Reasons to Vacation in Belize this Summer

Summer is the busiest season for travel to Europe. That’s where most vacationers are headed during the months of June,...
Read More
June 12, 2018

World Oceans Day celebrated in Belize

This year’s initiative is focused at preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Read more:
Read More
June 12, 2018

Private Indulgence In An Island Sanctuary In Belize

Your own private island sanctuary, just hours from Miami, resides in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean on Belize’s Barrier...
Read More
June 10, 2018

Garifuna Collective Represent Belize at WOMEX Celebration

The Garifuna Collective is making a huge comeback at WOMEX, that’s the World’s Music Expo held in Spain. Read more:
Read More
June 9, 2018

Why is a small village in Belize a hot spot for anglers? It’s home to the Everest of fish

I was standing at the front of a 23-foot-long panga in the Bay of Honduras, some 10 miles northeast of...
Read More
1 2 3 19




Leave a Comment


Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Don't have account. Register

Lost Password


Please support the site
By clicking any of these buttons you help our site to get better