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#489505 - 04/15/14 01:08 PM Easter 2014  
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What's Up Today, Gerry? Guide to Easter Holiday Weekend in San Pedro (Belize)

Whenever I hear people say “Easter is coming”, immediately my mind takes me to the beach. It is one of the busiest and popular times of the year in Belize.

Easter is the weekend that locals and tourists head out to the Cayes for some well deserved down time and fun under the sun. Not everybody is fortunate or wants to travel to the Cayes. No worries, Belize has many other places for you to unwind. For example: going on a fun tour in the mainland or Family BBQ alongside the riverside. That is lovely too, but I’m a young, energetic and outgoing islander. Let me inform and guide you on how to spend the Easter Holidays on Ambergris Caye.

Catholic Church Easter Schedule 2014

Click Here to learn more about Easter's Traditional Religious Celebrations in San Pedro in the Ambergris Today

#489532 - 04/16/14 05:21 AM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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Palm Sunday Celebrations in San Pedro

Palm Sunday was observed on Sunday, April 13, 2014, where the Blessing of the Palms took place. Church goers gathered at 7:00 a.m. at the corner of Barrier Reef Drive and Tarpon Street for the blessing of the palms by the RC School. A short reenactment of Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem was done by the priest of the San Pedro RC Church and his disciples all the way to the RC Church. Mass was then carried out at 8:00 a.m.

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#489538 - 04/16/14 05:51 AM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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Thunderbolt Water Taxi Schedule for the Easter Holidays

Monday through Thursday – Leaves 7:00 a.m. Corozal/San Pedro
Returns 3:00 p.m. San Pedro/Corozal

There will be no run on Good Friday.

Saturday and Sunday – Leaves 7:00 a.m. Corozal/San Pedro
Returns 3:00 p.m. San Pedro/Corozal

Stops in Sarteneja: 7:30 a.m. and continues to San Pedro and returns to Sarteneja at 4:30 p.m. continuing to Corozal.

Price - $50 Bz one way and $90 Bz round trip/person – Corozal/SanPedro/Corozal

Children 5-9 years pay half price. Children under 4 and under are free.

Price - $25 Bz one way and $50 round trip/person – Corozal/Sarteneja/San Pedro

Have a safe and pleasant Easter Holiday from the staff and Management of Thunderbolt Water Taxi !

2nd Avenue
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#489565 - 04/16/14 11:42 AM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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Ambergris Divers Easter Beach Party

April 19, Starts at 11am

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#489604 - 04/17/14 07:28 AM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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San Pedro Town Council Checks on Easter Preparations

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilors Kenrick Brackett and Carlos Barrientos made a courtesy visit to the San Pedro Fire Department, the San Pedro Police Department and the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II, the San Pedro Transport Department to make sure they are well prepared to handle any situation for the Easter weekend.

San Pedro Fire Department
Mr. Philip Mencias, Officer in Charge at the San Pedro Fire Department had his staff show the Mayor and Councilors that the fire trucks are fully loaded and functional. The department has scheduled two staff members that work on 8-hour shifts for the three shifts daily.

San Pedro Police Department
Superintendent Luis Castellanos stated that his team of officers are all on board. He also mentioned that his team have been instructed to monitor all establishments on Good Friday to ensure that alcohol isn't sold to anyone.

Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II
Mr. Owen Vellos, Administrator informed the Mayor and councilors that the nurses and doctors are aware of the number of people that visit the island for Easter and ensured that they are well equipped for any incident. The Polyclinic will be open for half day on Friday and Monday, Closed on Saturday and Sunday but Mr. Vellos stated that Nurse Jeffries and the Doctors will be on call for any emergencies.

San Pedro Transport Department
The wardens have been instructed to be vigilant on all drivers who are speeding and drinking and driving. They have also been instructed to carry out various check points to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license as well to make sure all vehicles are licensed and have insurance.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council wishes everyone a Happy Easter, but most importantly to have a SAFE Easter.

#489638 - 04/17/14 01:39 PM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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Alcohol to be sold ONLY with meals on Good Friday

The San Pedro Police Department will once again be enforcing a dry Good Friday. No stores, supermarkets or bars are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages from Thursday, April 17th at 12 midnight to Friday, April 18th at 12 midnight. Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages with meals to bonafide customers only.

According to Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department Luis Castellanos, both mobile and foot police patrols will be dispatched throughout the island to ensure liquor stores and bars are closed and stores are not selling liquor or beer. Through the course of the day, random police spot checks will be held at establishments to prevent liquor being sold under the counter. “I will personally be out on Good Friday. It is time for San Pedro to start respecting the laws of Belize, and the law states that no liquor, alcohol or beers should be sold on revered days, such as Good Friday and Christmas Day,” said Castellanos.

Stores that do not abide by the law will be closed immediately. Persons caught drinking in public areas or illegally selling alcoholic beverages will be arrested and detained until they appear before the court on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Two years ago, former Officer in Charge of Police Viennie Robinson took it upon herself toimplement this law, but was faced with criticism from business owners and public officials. Castellanos has stated that he will continue to enforce this law and that no one is above it. The SPTC is fully supporting the police and absolutely no alcoholic beverages will be sold on Good Friday by stores and bars.

Click here for the rest of the story in the San Pedro Sun!

#489640 - 04/17/14 01:57 PM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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What to Expect: Easter 2014 on Ambergris Caye

Easter is a LONG holiday in Belize. Banks close for a half day on Thursday and it seems like the entire country heads to the beach. Good Friday all the way through Easter Monday. The huge party all kicks off with a DRY DAY. Golf carts are ALL rented (and being driven around town like bumper cars), hotel rooms for 2 are packed with 15…let the good times begin!

But: Good Friday in Belize is celebrated without alcohol. Dry. Though not exactly. The holy day is observed without alcohol sales. There are low key pool, beach and house parties galore. And check on your boat trips – many tour companies and fishermen dock their boats for the day in observance.

The town center is a bit quiet since all bars and most restaurants are closed and there is a Roman Catholic procession through the streets of San Pedro. (More pictures from 2 years ago here.)

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#489649 - 04/18/14 04:51 AM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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Easter Destinations Are A Mixed Bag

But we certainly can't all afford to splash out to the Cayes. Still, it is a four day weekend, a time when there are weighty religious observances, and where, for better or worse, "r and r" has become its own kind of religion. So, the question arises, what are you doing for Easter? That's what our colleague Geovanni Brackett went to the streets asking today:..

An observance both religious and Now, we know that most folks can't afford to go there.

Water Taxi’s Ready For Easter Rush

And another fixture of the Easter holidays is the rush to the cayes. Hotels on San Pedro and Caye Caulker are booked to capacity - and so are the water taxis. Between Holy Thursday and Good Friday - thousands of Belizeans set out on the water taxis for their island retreats. Competition between the two leading service providers Caye Caulker Water Taxi and San Pedro Belize Express is fierce and so are the price wars. And while they are competing, the water taxi's are also having to deal with the biggest crowd of the year, kind of like Christmas in April. Today Joe Marin of Caye Caulker Water taxi told us they have multiple boats on standby just to accommodate the rush:..

Joe Marin, Caye Caulker Water Taxi
"Yes the rush is picking up like from this afternoon right through the rush will pick right up and then tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday then Monday is start tapering off. But tomorrow and Saturday will definitely be the big rush. We have extra boats come on line and we are handling everything okay."

Geovanni Brackett, reporter
"Can you give me a ball park figure?"

Joe Marin, Caye Caulker Water Taxi
"Well it's quite a few thousand going out."

Geovanni Brackett, reporter
"And now that you have a competitor right up the street. What does that mean for passengers in terms of prices?"

Joe Marin, Caye Caulker Water Taxi
"I believe they are putting their prices very competitive but I don't worry about the competition, I worry about our business, I have an old saying 'the amount of time it takes to worry about their business….' We brought down the prices a little bit. What we are charging right now is $23 round trip to Caye Caulker and $43 round trip to San Pedro. I understand that all the hotels in Caye Caulker are booked out and I understand the same thing in San Pedro which makes me happy that the Belizeans are spending their money here in Belize. San Pedro needs it more than Cancun."

When we went to San Pedro Belize Express, no one was available to speak.

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It's almost pancake time with the Easter Bunny! Be sure to come out for this super fun family event while supporting the San Pedro Lions!

Mark your calendar! Always a HOPPING good time for families!

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#489704 - 04/19/14 04:24 AM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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FREE entrance to all Archaeological Reserves for Belizeans over the holidays. NICH wishes everyone a safe and blessed Easter!

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#489808 - 04/22/14 12:53 PM Re: Easter 2014 [Re: Marty]  
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Island Invasion Easter Bash rocks Fido’s Courtyard

King of the Island Promotions’ Island Invasion did it again, bringing the party atmosphere to Fido’s Courtyard for the 3rd installment of their Easter Bash. With a crowd of close to 300, Island Invasion kicked off the party on Friday, April 18th. But the party really “tun ove” on Saturday, April 19th, with over 800 patrons enjoying the rhythms and tunes of some of Belize’s premier DJs. Spinning the best of club, house, dancehall, reggae and pop music was Fyah Statah Sounds (Selecta Ras and DJ Jaro), Tagg International Sounds (DJ Kris and DJ Jago), Air Invasion Sounds (DJ Trilla Man and DJ Biggz), Blue Wave Sounds (DJ Julian), and Evolution Sounds (DJ K-Mix and DJ Pinky).

With a general admission of $10 before midnight and $15 after, the crowd flooded the gates from early; of course many opted for the exclusive VIP admission on the second flood for $30. Fido’s transformed into a club for the event, as party goers reveled until the wee hours of the next morning. It wouldn’t be an Easter Bash without a few cocktail and beers. Thankfully the bartenders at Fido’s were well stocked and prepared to satisfy the crowd. It was definitely the place to be for the weekend.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

We hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and enjoyed quality time with family and friends.

We are back to our regular working hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

San Pedro Town Council

The Party Doesn’t Stop with Tackle Box and Tuff E Nuff
The island certainly lived up to its name as being one the country’s most sought after destinations for Easter in Belize, as revelers flocked ashore this past weekend. Whether you decided to party on the beach, on a boat or under a palapa, there was one thing certain of this Easter weekend in San Pedro-there was absolutely no shortage to the party supply! Tackle Box hosted a weekend of fun under the theme: We Gwein da Blue Baby! Party goers danced the weekend away to the finest tunes being juggled by Dj Debbie, DJ Smallz, Federation 501, DJ Karizma , Tuff E Nuff Sounds, and Sweet Pain Band. Bartenders kept the Heineken coming and for those that wanted to take the party on the blue- Tuff E Nuff Tours took the party to the sea with their first ever Easter Booze Cruise. All who attended the were sure to have a memorable Easter 2014!

Easter Egg-Hunting at Caribbean Villas
Caribbean Villas was the place for families to enjoy sailing, live music, barbeque and good family fun. A highlight of the weekend included an Easter Egg-Hunting to yield scores of delicious candies for the sweet-toothed children of La Isla Bonita. Easter egg hunts entail employing clever camouflages to bury, cover and hide-in-plain-sight colorful candies for eagle-eyed children to find and enjoy. Island egg-hunting can be a little more challenging, what with the ants/bugs and bigger critters eager to find easy snacks. And let’s not forget the sand getting in the candy wrappers! So, the Easter Bunny got smart at Caribbean Villas, and with the help of his bunny army, hid colorful sticks every which way that little Easter hunters could find and cash in for loads of candy.

Huge Crowds Flood Ambergris Caye for Easter Weekend
An overwhelming influx of vacationers from mainland flooded the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker over the weekend during the long Easter break. The two Belizean hotspots are a big draw for both local and international visitors during one of the biggest holidays in the country. It’s one of the biggest holidays in the country where hundreds of locals from the mainland flock to the beaches to enjoy some down time during the extended 4-day weekend. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is one of the major hot spots in the country during Easter as it offers endless options of beach parties, water sports and beaches in which to relax on.

SP Lions Easter Pancake Brunch A Hopping Success!
On Saturday morning, April 19th the San Pedro Lions hosted their third annual Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny fund raiser. Over 100 children and half as many adults enjoyed a fun-filled morning of pancakes, craft activities, games and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Event organizer Lion Tamara Sniffin commented, “We couldn’t be happier with the turn out we get each year for this Easter event, it is clear most of the grown-ups are having as much fun as the kids! Of course none of this would be possible without the donations we receive from local businesses and individuals to off-set the expense of hosting the breakfast. With their support, this fund raiser is even more profitable, and in turn we give this back to our community.”

DJ ZOG at Holiday Hotel Easter Bash San Pedro, Belize

Miami Power 96 DJ and Entertainer DJ ZOG hyped up Easter Break in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize at the Holiday Hotel Easter Bash 2014.

An overwhelming influx of vacationers from mainland flooded the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker over the weekend during the long Easter break. The two Belizean hotspots are a big draw for both local and international visitors during one of the biggest holidays in the country.

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