Easter is an important holiday in Belize, and it’s a wonderful time to visit. You’ll enjoy beautiful weather along with many activities that commemorate the meaning and the joy of Easter.
If the religious aspect of Easter is important to you, Belize is the perfect backdrop to celebrate your faith. The small town of Benque Viejo Del Carmen comes alive at Easter, with a full reenactment of the crucifixion and resurrection story. The procession includes local residents playing the parts of Jesus, the Romans and other figures from the Bible. The procession begins on Good Friday at the lovely Mount Carmel chapel.
Belizeans enjoy a four-day weekend during Easter, and they make the most of it with numerous beach parties and other festive events. Every bar and nightclub has its own version of a party. The best way to get in on the action is to head for San Ignacio, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, or Placencia Village, where most of the parties are taking place. Take your pick of elegant cocktail hours or wild beach blowouts.
Easter weekend is an ideal time to sample true Belizean cuisine. A Belize tradition holds that meat must not be eaten on Good Friday. As a result, Belizeans have spent centuries concocting delicious seafood meals just for Good Friday. Many Belizeans consider this a day to spend at home with family, not traveling and not going out. If you’re visiting at this time, expect amazing food in the restaurants.
People in Belize love their bicycles, and that love comes to light on Easter Saturday. Don’t expect to travel on the Western Highway that day, because it’s full of cyclists taking part in the annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycle Race. The amateur riders take off at 5:00 am and race 140 miles from Belize City to San Ignacio and back to Belize City. The race usually ends at 2:00 pm and is followed by numerous local parties.
Belize is a wonderful place to visit during Easter. To enjoy its beauty and traditions at their best, stay in a comfortable treetop lodge high among the jungle trees. The Caves Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge is the only lodge in Belize that gives you these amazing, intimate views of the jungle and the river. If you’re planning to visit Belize during Easter, make your stay memorable by finding your very own Belize tree house.