U.S. Citizens Encouraged to Register|
with U.S. Embassy in Belize
U.S. citizens traveling to Belize are encouraged to register
with the U.S. Belize Embassy, to facilitate assistance in case
of emergency. Travelers can do so online (at belize.usembassy.gov) or in person. The U.S. Embassy is
located on Floral Park Road in the capital city of Belmopan.
The U.S. Embassy serves in a variety of ways in Belize. It
will issue temporary travel documents in the event of a lost
passport, and funds to get back to the United States if
needed. The embassy handles arrangements in the event a
U.S. citizen dies in Belize, and ensures that a U.S. citizen is
treated fairly if incarcerated.
Holidays, Events, Celebrations
There are numerous city celebrations and theme events in
Belize throughout the year, including Fiesta de Carnaval one
week before Lent; the Cashew Festival in Crooked Tree
Village; the Deer Dance Festival in the Toledo District;
Placencia Lobster Fest, and Costa Maya in San Pedro.
Consult with Magnum Belize's travel planners (page 20)
about arranging travel around events and holidays in Belize.
Here is a short list of Belize national celebrations:
New Year's Day, Jan. 1
Baron Bliss Day, March 9: Baron Bliss, who died on March
9, 1926, was a British philanthropist who bequeathed his
fortune to Belize. Baron Bliss Day is also Flag Day in Belize.
Easter: Holy Week is recognized in Belize; Easter Sunday in
2010 is April 4.
Labor Day, May 1
Commonwealth Day, May 24: Recognizing the British
empire; Belize is a former British colony.
St. George's Caye Day, Sept. 10: Recognizing British
victory over Spain in a territorial struggle here in 1798.
National Independence Day, Sept. 21: Belize celebrates its
independence from Britain.
Columbus Day, Oct. 12
Nov. 19, Garifuna Day: Reenactments of the landing of the
first boats of the Garinagu in Belize are performed in town
celebrations with cultural drummers and dancers and
Christmas, Dec. 25
Boxing Day, Dec. 26
Shopping & Gift Ideas in Belize
Artwork: The independence and imagination of the Belizean
people makes them wonderful artists. One idea is handmade
Mayan calendar needlepoint stitchings.
Wood Carvings, Furniture: Mahogany and other native
hardwoods are turned into graceful, flowing sculptures in the
hands of Belizean artists.
Music and CDs: Punta rock music is a cornerstone of
Belizean popular culture.
Jewelry: Black coral is available in necklaces, bracelets and
earrings. Be sure to buy from a reputable dealer who has
obtained the coral legally. Hand-made Mayan jewelry is also
Food: One of the most famous is Marie Sharp's hot sauces
processed near Dangriga, which come in a range of delicious flavors.
Healing herbs: Bottled versions of traditional Mayan and
Creole medicines offer help for a variety of healthful benefits.
Liquor: The duty-free shop at the airport offers a range of
Caribbean rums (Rompope is a popular Belizean-made rum
cream). Also, look for inexpensive local liquors, including
coconut rum, cashew wine and cherry liqueur. The Green
Bottle Winery in Dangriga sells locally made wine.
Slate Carvings: A traditional Mayan art form, with designs
that include Mayan deities and symbols for the months,
seasons, stars and planets.
Baskets: Can be found in a wide range of handmade styles and sizes.
Clothing: Many styles available, some custom-made in
Belize with bright Caribbean colors.
Getting Married in Belize
Many couples select
Belize to tie the knot or
renew their wedding
vows. No wonder, given
the romantic tropical
settings here, from a
lush rainforest or jungle
waterfall locale to a
white sand beach with
palm trees and the aqua
Caribbean waters in the
Many of our hotels and
resorts can easily help couples plan both exotic and traditional
weddings, including marriage license arrangements and other
details from music to flowers, so couples can relax and enjoy
this unique lifetime experience. Ask a Magnum Belize travel
planner for more details on getting married or renewing your
wedding vows in Belize.