Where to Celebrate Your Thanksgiving in Belize
When Thanksgiving arrives in the U.S., everyone gives thanks for pilgrims arriving safely at Massachusetts’ Plymouth Rock centuries ago. Typically, lavish meals replicate the first one shared by settlers and Native Americans. Over time, Thanksgiving traditions have circled the globe, so if you visit Belize at the end of November, you’ll enjoy fellowship and delicious Thanksgiving meals at these 10 popular destinations.
Chabil Mar in Placencia
With the green season ending, you could duck a few raindrops during your Thanksgiving stay at Chabil Mar Villas, but that won’t dampen your spirits. Give thanks for the lush scenery, your luxury room and hosts eager to make your Thanksgiving meal the most memorable you’ve ever tasted.
Yok Ha Belize Island Resort in Water Foot Caye
2. Water Foot Caye
Change up your typical Thanksgiving holiday by spending it on a three acre island that’s big on tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Stay at Yok Ha Belize Island Resort and take your holiday meal on a deck overlooking at the awe-inspiring Belize Barrier Reef or sample turkey island-style in Yok Ha’s onsite eatery.
Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio
3. San Ignacio
Make a reservation if you hope to dine at Cahal Pech Village Resort because the Ixtabai Restaurant is small, intimate and U.S. ex-pats like to celebrate Thanksgiving here. From your vantage point overlooking the Belize River Valley, you’ll be reminded of the paradise pilgrims found when they first set foot on New World soil.
Victoria House in Ambergris Caye
4. Ambergris Caye
“We stayed at Victoria House over Thanksgiving a decade ago,” a traveler told TripAdvisor. “A huge part of my fondness for Belize was our stay at the Victoria House.” Don’t you want to be so enthralled with a holiday vacation that it’s still your fondest memory a decade later?
Turneffe Island Resort in Turneffe Atolls
5. Turneffe Atolls
Indulge all of your senses this Thanksgiving at the Turneffe Island Resort where you’ll discover that traditional fare like turkey pairs nicely with gifts from the sea. This resort’s activities menu is equal to its delicious meal selections, so indulge in both!
Thatch Caye Island Resort in Thatch Caye
6. Thatch Caye
Ask another guest to snap photos of you enjoying a Thanksgiving meal under the sheltering thatched roof of the Thatch Caye Island Resort onsite restaurant and expect sighs of envy when you share them. Chefs are trained in all manner of culinary artistry so even if your surroundings are exotic, the meal will be quite familiar.
Bocawina Rainforest Resort in Stann Creek
7. Stann Creek
It’s easier to imagine what the pilgrims experienced when they landed on U.S. shores if you stay at an eco-lodge like the Bocawina Rainforest Resort for Thanksgiving. This 7,100 acre property has it all: plush rooms and the Wild Fig Restaurant where bountiful “farm-to-table” dishes make this holiday particularly meaningful.
Hopkins Bay Resort in Hopkins Village
Spend Thanksgiving at Hopkins Bay Resort and give thanks for affordable room rates because the resort offers a 40-percent discount on accommodations throughout November. Entertainments like live drumming and Garifuna dances–plus a customized Thanksgiving menu at the Rhum Shack–will prove unforgettable.
Ka’ana Luxury Resort in San Ignacio
9. San Ignacio
Whether your idea of a proper Thanksgiving is a well-appointed restaurant like La Ceiba Restaurant, home to authentic Belizean Cuisine, or The Wallace Bar & Lounge suits your fancy, find both at the Ka’ana Luxury Resort where Thanksgiving meal ingredients are courtesy of the resort’s two acre organic garden.
Pelican Reef Villas in Ambergris Caye
10. Ambergris Caye
At Pelican Reef Villas, roomy two and three bedroom self-catering condos make idyllic getaways for families eager to take their traditional Thanksgiving meal in the tropics! All suites have luxurious kitchens and your hosts will advise you where to pick up ingredients you’ll need to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving dinner for your loved ones.