San Pedro is a vibrant town that celebrates its rich history and culture. Two important events are held yearly to commemorate the growth and development of Ambergris Caye from a small fishing island to a bustling top tourism destination in Belize. The caye is the largest of Belize’s offshore islands, famous for its spectacular coral necklace, the Belize Barrier Reef, located just a short distance from its coast.

The island was once a tiny fishing village that valued its traditions. Although the community used to be small, with less than 100 residents, it has flourished and grown significantly to over twenty thousand residents. Despite all the changes, the people of San Pedro still take great pride in their island home, celebrating their heritage at every opportunity.
In June, we celebrate Dia de San Pedro (San Pedro Day), which honors the patron saint of the island and the first families who settled in Ambergris Caye. The Dia de San Pedro celebrations last an entire weekend, starting June 29th. The festival’s first day is dedicated to the island’s Patron Saints, San Pedro (Saint Peter) and San Pablo (Saint Paul). The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church leads a full day of activities to mark the occasion. The festivities continue into the weekend with the Miss San Pedro Pageant and a range of local and international entertainment at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex.
Later in the year, on November 27th, we celebrate Township Day, which recognizes the pioneers who played a significant role in developing the island from a small fishing village to a town and building a robust tourism industry. San Pedro officially became a town on November 27, 1984, under the leadership of former Mayor Gilberto “Chico” Gomez. This year, we will be celebrating 40 years since becoming a town. Although this day has less fanfare, it is equally special to island residents.
Undoubtedly, our “Isla Bonita” has become a home for locals and visitors who fell in love with the island’s charm. Whether you want to enjoy the culture, people, and many activities in our crystalline waters or simply relax on the beach, San Pedro Town has something for everyone.

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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