If you’re an LGBTQ traveler and looking for a warm, sunny, and fun place to enjoy Christmas or the New Years Holiday, then you should definitely consider Belize! Just a short flight from major cities across the United States and Canada, Belize is a tropic, English-speaking nation located just south of Mexico on the western edge of the Caribbean Sea. With long, sunny days and temperatures averaging in the low 80s F (20s C), Belize is a great choice for escaping the winter blues during Christmas and New Years. And the whole country turns out with so much holiday cheer that even Grinches can’t help but enjoy themselves!
Belizeans are universally known for their friendliness and love of parties, so it’s no surprise that Christmas and New Years is a very festive season. Some traditions like caroling in the street or attending church services are familiar to visitors from North America. But Belize also has its own unique traditions like “boat parades” where boat owners lavishly decorate their watercraft and “parade” past the shore. And the Garifuna people perform a special dance called the jankunu (or janku) in which they dress up in African masks and ropes of shells to prance around and get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
Food and drink are also a huge part of the holiday, and Belize has some of the most diverse cuisine in the planet. You can enjoy British holiday foods like hot cross buns and fruitcake or sample exotic Garifuna foods like hudut, a savory fish stew made with plantains and coconut. Rum cocktails are also popular during the holiday season, including Rompopo, Belize‘s flavorful version of eggnog.
And with the weather being so pleasant, the Christmas and New Years period is also the ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities like scuba diving and snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), exploring mysterious ancient Maya cities like Xunantunich and Caracol, swimming, horseback riding, bird-watching, and much more. And if burning off a few calories is your goal, Belize offers tons of high-adrenaline adventures like zip lining, rappelling and rock climbing, and cave tubing (using an inner tube to explore enormous underground rivers that flow through caves).
Whether for Christmas, New Years, or any other time of the year, you can rely on Belize Gay Travel, the premier travel services company specializing in unique, fun, and safe vacations for members of the LGBTQ community.