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BTB’s Restaurant of the Year Elvi’s Kitchen showcases new menu dishes

Awarded the Belize Tourism Board Restaurant of the Year 2022, the iconic Elvi’s Kitchen recently reopened after a month of renovations with a fresh façade and new tasty surprises on its menu. From artisan liqueur and cocktails to delightful seafood, traditional Maya/Mestizo dishes, and new vegan dishes, the Elvi’s Kitchen experience never disappoints!

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Belize Recognized as one of the World’s Most Friendly Countries

Belize’s contagious, warm hospitality, stunning natural beauty, and cultural richness have earned the country international recognition as one of the friendliest nations in the world. This outstanding recognition of the Jewel was announced this week in the Condé Nast 2022 Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

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Belize @ 41! Belizeans celebrate Independence Day

In a sea of festive colors and to the sounds of Soca music, Belizeans across the country celebrate the most important day on our calendar, Independence Day. For the last two years, Belize’s special day celebrations were kept small due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year the festivities returned grander than ever!

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Second Best Western Hotel in Belize opens on Ambergris Caye

The second Best Western hotel in Belize was officially unveiled on Thursday, August 18th, in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Named Best Western Grand Baymen Gardens Resort, it is located just five minutes south of downtown. With 33 one and two-bedroom condos, amenities include swimming pools, a pool bar, a fitness center, and two tennis courts.

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Did you know the world-famous Chicken Drop has a new home?

Wahoo’s Lounge, home of the world-famous Chicken Drop, has relocated from downtown San Pedro to Corona del Mar Hotel south of town. Chicken Drop is one of the island’s oldest and most famous traditions. Held every Thursday, it guarantees a fun time with friends and family while offering the opportunity for you to win some cash.

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The September celebrations are back; come and celebrate on Ambergris Caye!

After a COVID-19 pandemic pause for the last two years, Belize is preparing to host its popular September celebrations, again honoring the country’s month of patriotism. After public health restrictions were lifted in April this year, the National Celebrations Commission announced that they would resume the traditional events this September. In San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, the celebrations will be observed with patriotic parades, ceremonies for the Battle of St. George’s Caye and Independence Day, a Soca festival, and the anticipated carnival road march, among other activities still to be confirmed.

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After a two-year hiatus, lobster festivals are back in Belize!

Although the Caribbean Spiny Lobster may have enjoyed a two-year reprieve from festivals dedicated to devouring them, the sorely missed lobster festivals are back! The lobster season officially opened on July first, and three different destinations in Belize are resurrecting their annual festivals dedicated to these tasty crustaceans.

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Mexican social media influencer and Youtuber Alex Tienda visits San Pedro

On Tuesday, May 31st, just after 2:30PM, Mexican social media influencer travel blogger, documentarist, and YouTuber, Alex Tienda arrived in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, via Tropic Air. The audiovisual content producer has over 300 million views on social media, and his visit to Belize is expected to expose the country significantly, especially among his millions of followers from around the world.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2022 Cover features Maye Musk and Belize

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is thrilled to share that Belize made the cover of the 2022 issue of the internationally renowned, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine. The cover photo was taken in Placencia Village and features Maye Musk —supermodel, bestselling international author, and mother of billionaire Elon Musk.

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La Ruta Maya River Challenge is back!

Belize’s toughest race is back in action after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 four-day La Ruta Maya River Challenge will take place over the weekend of Friday, March 4th to Monday, March 7th, commemorating National Heroes and Benefactors Day. Sponsored by the beer of Belize, Belikin, this annual race attracts both amateur and professional athletes from across the globe.

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Alaia introduces its exclusive ‘Alaia Tropical Pale Ale’

There is a brand-new beer in San Pedro Town, a refreshing, very approachable, and flavourful pale ale only found at the luxurious Marriott’s Alaia Beach Resort. The beer, dubbed ‘Alaia Tropical Pale Ale,’ is locally brewed by Bowen and Bowen, modest in alcohol at 5.5%, but complex in character thanks to the notes from Belizean grapefruit and Alaia’s ale yeasts. This pale ale bridges the gap between dark stouts and light lagers.

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BTB announces resumption of seasonal flights from Westjet and Southwest in November

Starting, November 3, WestJet resumed flights to Belize from Toronto, Canada.  WestJet’s flight to Belize is seasonal, visiting every Wednesday and Saturday with the last flight for the winter season departing Belize on April 30, 2022. Southwest Airlines will resume its daily flights to Belize from Houston on Sunday, November 7.  Southwest’s flight from Denver will resume on Saturday, November 20, flying to Belize every Saturday after for the winter season through April 2022. 

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XE’IL BELIZE: Maya brand of clothing announced

Xe’il, meaning “True to our Roots” – a meaningful brand designed and developed to provide a source of economic empowerment to Mayan women and showcase the dawn of a fashion era emerging from Southern Belize. The establishment of Xe’il started in October of 2019 and was executed by the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) with financial support from The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through its Cultural and Creative Industries Innovative Fund (CIIF) to position Maya women as national artists and bring their creative products to a wider market, starting with new fashion designs adorned with Xokb’il Chuy.

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