A new slant on tradition – try Thanksgiving in Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is inviting intrepid gourmands with a pioneer spirit to enjoy a unique Thanksgiving experience with an all-inclusive Belize vacation package that offers a truly exotic approach to a traditional favourite.

The history of Thanksgiving in Belize goes back many years, and Chaa Creek’s owners have been celebrating Belizean jungle Thanksgivings for over 30 years within their stunning 365 acre private nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River and surrounded by beautiful rainforest and Maya temples.

This year the Chaa Creek Thanksgiving Vacation package is once again offering guests an affordable, hassle free way to combine Thanksgiving with a beautiful rainforest adventure.

And, for visitors wishing to add Caribbean beaches and perhaps dives along the Belize Great Barrier Reef into the mix, the package can be extended with a Rainforest-to-Reef option.

Chaa Creek owner and GM Lucy Fleming said the Thanksgiving package is an extension of her own family’s Belizean Thanksgivings.

“Our first years were filled with challenges and a very steep learning curve as we tried to establish a farm on the banks of the Macal River, surviving on what we could grow, catch, and sell in the markets. By the time the first November rolled around, it began to look as if we were actually going to make it, and the stories of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving really resonated, so we scraped together what we had, invited friends from the neighbouring farms who had been so good to us, and threw a Thanksgiving celebration that was a huge hit.

“Thirty years on, we still have so much to be thankful for and the tradition continues, albeit with many more guests and definitely a bit more luxury,” she said.

Chaa Creek’s affordable Thanksgiving Vacation Package is an all-inclusive minimum three day mix of fine food, activities and relaxation available throughout November.  In addition to great meals, the package includes lovely cottage accommodation, guided bird walks, visits to the Butterfly Farm, Natural History Museum and Rainforest Medicine Trail, canoeing on the Macal River, enjoying the new swimming pool and hiking the vast network of beautiful jungle trails while exploring ancient Maya temple sites. A professional Hilltop Spa is also available for healthy pampering.

Ms Fleming said that the renowned Chaa Creek kitchen will be working overtime throughout the month of November to provide a dining experience that combines traditional turkey and ham dinners with elements from the local Maya, Creole and Spanish culture.

“It’s always a rich melange of incredible food, but any excess is made guilt free by all the healthy activities. Of course, swimming, canoeing, horseback or bike rides and such leave you perfectly ready for a relaxing swing in the hammock, perhaps a visit to the Hilltop Spa and some more eating and drinking. That’s always worked for us and our family and friends,” Ms Fleming said.

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