With long, sunny days and delightfully warm temperatures, November is one of the best times to visit Belize. Average daytime temperatures are around 82°F (28°C) while evenings temperatures average around 73°F (23°C). Unlike North America where November is a time of snow and even ice, the weather in Belize during November is perfect for outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, visiting ancient Maya sites, scuba diving, hiking, birdwatching, and horseback riding.
November is also when some of the country’s most exciting events happen. Here’s just a sample of what’s taking place in Belize this November:
Garifuna Settlement Day
November 19 is when the entire country celebrates the legacy, food, and traditions of the unique Garifuna culture. Formed by shipwrecked Africans who intermarried with Caribbean islanders, the Garifuna culture has been recognized by the United Nations for their contributions to the heritage of humanity.
Expect dawn re-enactments of the Garifuna’s arrival two centuries ago on the beaches of Belize, lots of delicious Garifuna food (including staples like cassava bread and coconut fish stew called “hudut”), and plenty of live music, dancing, and high-energy drumming.
Battle of the Drums
The small town of Punta Gorda in Toledo District will host the 13th annual Battle of the Drums this November 17-18. This high-energy competitions pits teams of drummers from Belize and across Central America in an exciting two-day event. The enthusiastic crowds will cheer on their favorite drummers in this fierce competition that will continue on until the wee hours of the night.
And beginning at 6:00 a.m. on November 18, 2018, Punta Gorda will also host the Belize Garifuna Music Festival. The music festival is a showcase for all styles of Garifuna music, including the Hungu Hungu, Paranda, Gunjei, Punta, and Punta Rock genres.
It’s not (yet!) an official holiday, but Thanksgiving has become one of the most popular celebrations on the annual calendar. Belize is the perfect place to enjoy a full turkey dinner, delicious sides, watch the big football game on satellite TV, and then relax by the pool or digest your dinner by strolling through the grounds of a botanical garden.
If you’re interested in visiting Belize this November, one of the finest places to stay is at a luxury tree house at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Built by hand and featuring all the modern conveniences, these two-story treehouses are a great way to experience the majesty of the rainforest while vacationing in Belize.