Celebrating Christmas in Belize

Season’s Greetings from Belize …

The holiday season in Belize means warm weather with a few “cold fronts” – temperatures ranging between a cool 70 – 80 degrees, delicious Christmas dinner complete with black fruitcake and rum popo, and time well spent with family & friends. With its diverse cultures and ethnic groups, Belize has a wide variety of Christmas celebrations.


Christmas in the Culture Capital – Photo By: Phyllis Cayetano

In the Southern part of Belize, specifically in Dangriga Town, locals gather around the streets to witness the Jankunu or “John Canoe” dancing accompanied with Garifuna drumming. This colorful masquerade dance is actually a warrior dance where the dancers (all male) are outfitted in pink masks & head wraps, white clothing, and shells that are placed below the knee that shake with each movement. The Jankunu dance is a historical representation of the Garifuna resistance to British slavery.

Jankunu dancing in Belize

Photo By: Island Expeditions

Traditionally, the Jankunu dancers and drummers travel from house to house throughout Dangriga where the crowds gather around them forming a circle. Because all the dancers are masked and wearing costumes, their identity is unknown – leaving the onlookers to focus solely on the stylistic and upbeat dance itself. Unlike most dancing, where the dancers follow along to the music, Jankunu is unique in that the Garifuna drummers watch the dancers and anticipate their next move. The drummers must keep in rhythm with the dancers rather than the other way around.


Today, Dangriga is home to the annual Jankunu Festival hosted at the Ecumenical High School where senior Jankunu groups compete against each other. Each group practices the routine days before hand and always gives a memorable performance. All Belizeans look forward to the festive activities the Christmas season brings!

Where to Stay: 

Our Belize private island is located only eight miles off the coast of Dangriga, the “Culture Capital” of Belize! To ensure that you are able to spend an authentic Belize vacation with us, our all inclusive packages include everything from breathtaking oceanfront cabanas, amazing food & drinks, and jungle / marine adventure tours … And now, for a limited time only, you get even more!! Book with us today and take advantage of our extended Winter Season Special. Email or call for details! 

On behalf of the owners, management, and staff of Coco Plum Island Resort, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.


Warm Regards,

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Belize Inland and Island All Inclusive Package includes waterfall hiking tours and snorkeling tours

Coco Plum Island Resort & Belizean Dreams Resort Contest Giveaway: A Chance to Win an All Inclusive Trip for 2 to Belize!

An opportunity to stay at two sister resorts with our newest all inclusive package – the Belize Inland and Private Island Package!

Experience the best of both worlds with our Belize All Inclusive Inland and Private Island Package. Home to the largest living barrier reef in the world and one of the largest rainforest preserves in Central America, Belize has much to offer. Witness all this and more as you get two vacations in one at the world-renowned resorts of Belizean Dreams Resort and Coco Plum Island Resort! Both resorts are sister properties, locally owned and managed by Belizeans who are proud to show off the Best of Belize.

Belize Inland and Island All Inclusive Package at Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort

Enter our contest below for a chance to win a 7 night / 8 day all inclusive Inland & Private Island Vacation Package for two people at Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort. There are several different options to gain extra points. The more you do, the more you can increase your chances to WIN BIG! For example, if you check the “Enable Refer-A-Friend (aka. ‘viral sharing’)” button when entering our giveaway, here’s what will happen: after one of your entry options has been completed, such as entering our email newsletter, a ‘Bring Your Friends!’ entry option will appear on the widget that will give each of you a unique URL to share with your friends. For each friend that enters the giveaway through that unique URL, you will receive +1 entry into the giveaway. You can refer up to 10 people for each giveaway. Additionally, you can submit a total of 8 entries. To submit all entries you must complete the steps such as “Visit Coco Plum Island Resort on Facebook” after visiting, at the bottom of the submission will have an option to click such as “I visited”; this will need to be clicked to submit that entry – you will see this then checked off as completed and the counter at the top will reflect this entry as well. Feel free to share with friends and visit our Facebook page for updates and reminders. The contest is open from now until January 4th, 2017 and the winners will be announced directly after.

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Learn more about our Inland and Private Island All Inclusive Package below:

Spend the first half of your Belize vacation on the idyllic beach resort of Belizean Dreams in Hopkins. Named the Friendliest Village in Belize, Hopkins is a quaint and unspoiled fishing village filled with friendly Garifuna locals and picturesque scenery. The central location of Belizean Dreams Resort is only minutes away from Belize’s major jungle attractions included in our Inland and Island Package.

Xunantunich Maya Ruin in Belize included in All Inclusive Vacation Package

Spend the second half of your getaway on the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea on your very own offshore island. A 16-acre exotic private island, Coco Plum Island Resort is named one of the Most Romantic Resorts in the World by TripAdvisor. With only 18 oceanfront cabanas, Coco Plum is the ultimate in seclusion and intimacy. We dare you to sit back, relax, and leave your worries at the door.

Coco Plum is an All Inclusive Private Island in Belize

This package truly provides an impeccable balance of relaxation, adventure and romance. With our Belize All Inclusive Inland and Private Island Package, you get two entirely different vacation experiences for the price of one at an unbeatable value!

*BONUS – The winner of this amazing package will also be gifted with a jewelry set handcrafted by Canadian jewelry designer Kelsey Vanderhorst of KV BIJOU. This gemstone jewelry line has been featured on TV shows like The Bachelorette, Pretty Little Liars, Dancing with the Stars, Keeping up with the Kardashians, 90210 and in publications like InStyle, The New York Post, US Weekly and others. Following the presentation of this dazzling jewelry set, the recipient will get their own mini photo-shoot showcasing their prize.

Enter our contest to win a free all inclusive vacation for two or contact us today to book your Inland and Private Island Package at Coco Plum Island Resort & Belizean Dreams Resort.


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Certain restrictions may apply. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. One (1) prize will be awarded. This prize consists of a 7 night / 8 day stay for two at Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort with the Inland and Private Island All Inclusive Package. This Inland and Private Island Package includes a three (3) night stay at Belizean Dreams Resort and a four (4) night stay at Coco Plum Island Resort along with local transfer to the resort. The approximate retail value of this package is $2635.00 for stays between May 30th – December 18th and $2899.00 for stays between December 19th – May 19th. International airfare is NOT included in this prize. Dates are based on availability at both resorts. Our resort policies are applicable to all guests which include, but not limited: cancellation policy, occupancy restrictions, and booking policy.

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Belize Holiday Specials

Coco Plum Island Resort Winter Special!

You don’t want to miss this! 

Coco Plum Island Resort Holiday Special

The year is coming to a close, and you’re thinking, “How amazing would it be to spend a week away from the harsh cold embrace of winter’s hug?” We totally agree! Come spend your winter in the warm, tropical seclusion of private island paradise – as you bask in the sun, fun, and adventure for as many nights as you can possibly take!

To ensure that you are able to spend an authentic Belize vacation with us, our all inclusive packages include everything from breathtaking oceanfront cabanas, amazing food & drinks, and jungle / marine adventure tours … And now, for a limited time only, you get even more!! Book with us today and take advantage of our extended Winter Season Special:

Get FREE NIGHTS at Coco Plum Island Resort when you visit us between November 19th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017!!!

Book 6 to 9 nights and receive ONE NIGHT FREE or book 10 nights and receive TWO NIGHTS FREE!

We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity, as there are only a few cabanas still available for these dates. Book Now.

Coco Plum Island Resort Oceanfront Accommodations

Premium Cabanas at Coco Plum

Coco Plum All Inclusive Package includes delicious meals

Delicious Belizean cuisine

All Inclusive Packages at Coco Plum Island Resort includes snorkeling tours along the Belize Barrier Reef

Snorkeling tours along the Belize Barrier Reef

To cash in on this limited time deal, contact our reservations office today at and come spend an amazing winter vacation at your new private island home.

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Some restrictions may apply. Valid for new reservations only and cannot be applied to existing reservations.

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Ms. Jude's Belize Hudut Recipe

Garifuna Food: Ms. Jude’s Hudut Recipe

In honor of Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19th), Coco Plum will be offering traditional Garifuna cuisine along with local drumming and punta dancing lessons on each Monday of November. Come join us! 

Garifuna Settlement Day Belize

For those of you who can’t be with us in person at Coco Plum Island Resort, Ms. Jude wanted to share her hudut recipe with you! Hudut is a traditional Garifuna dish and is extremely popular around this time of the year in Belize. Think of hudut as somewhat of a savory fish stew. What makes hudut extra yummy is that its cooked in a fresh coconut milk sauce which adds extra flavor. Hudut is served with fu-fu, a mixture of mashed green and ripe plantain.

Ms. Jude’s Hudut Recipe:

  • 5 large green plaintains
  • 2 cans of coconut cream
  • 5 basil leaves
  • ½ lb okra
  • ½ of a whole bell pepper
  • 2 whole habanero peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ of a whole onion
  • 2 whole fish
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1: Boil green plaintains for 20-25 minutes, then set aside to cool. After cooling, mash until softened. Form small balls of mashed plaintain.

Step 2: Season fish with salt and pepper and fry until brown. Then set aside.

Step 3: In a skillet, pour the 2 cans of coconut cream. Dice the onion, garlic, okra and bell pepper and add to cream along with basil leaves, and the whole habanero peppers. Cook on low heat until okra is softened.

Step 4: Add the fish to the mixture, and continue to cook for 20-25 minutes.

Step 5: Salt and pepper can be further added to taste.

Step 6: And you’re done! You can now add your plaintain to your creamy goodness and enjoy!

Hudut Recipe

Photo By: Roam Belize

Remember, Coco Plum Island Resort will be hosting punta dancing lessons and traditional Garifuna dishes on each Monday of November in honor of Belize’s Garifuna Settlement Day celebration on November 19th. We have some ongoing specials for the month of November … Contact us directly to reserve your cabana because there are limited cabanas available!

Warm Regards,

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Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize

Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize: Come Celebrate with Us!

Recognized as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity” by UNESCO, the Garifuna Culture is one of the most unique in the world.

Garifuna Settlement Day In Belize

Join us as we celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day, one of the largest and most celebrated national holidays in Belize. Each year November 19th marks the annual celebration of the arrival of the Garinagu people to Belize after their exile from St. Vincent in the early 1800’s. Following their exile, the Garinagu’s travelled by dorys (large canoes) and eventually settled along the Southern coast of Belize in coastal towns like Dangriga, Hopkins, Seine Beight, and Barranco. Each year in the early morning of November 19th, a traditional reenactment of their arrival is commemorated at the mouth of the Stann Creek River in the center of Dangriga Town. The remainder of the day is celebrated along the parade route with costumes, live music, and dancing. Today, the Garifuna culture is alive and well! The Garinagu people make up a significant portion of Belize’s multicultural society flourishing in many ways through poetry, dance, and food.

A Celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day Local drumming at Garfiuna Settlement Day in Belize

Where to Stay:

Our Belize private island is located only eight miles off the coast of Dangriga, the “Culture Capital” of Belize! While locals await the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day year long, festivities and rituals begin as early as the start of November. To bring a little bit of the Garifuna culture to Coco Plum Island Resort, we will be offering traditional Garifuna cuisine along with local drumming and punta dancing lessons on each Monday of November. Be on the lookout for traditional Garifuna recipes made by Ms. Jude and Chef Nazri at Coco Plum!

Garifuna Cultural Celebration with local drumming and punta dancing

Our reservations office also has an amazing special offer for those interested in staying with us between November 19, 2016 and January 31, 2016 & our SUMMER SEASON all inclusive rates have been extended until December 17, 2016. It is an offer not to be missed – So email us directly at and let us help you plan your private island getaway!

We’ll see you in paradise!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Direct flights to Belize

Getting to Belize is Easier than You Think!

With Several Nonstop Flights from Major US Cities …

Fall is upon us, which means that winter is just around the corner and you are trying to decide if you should brace another cold year or escape to somewhere a bit warmer and more tropical. You’ve been hearing about Belize, but you don’t know how easy it is to get there. You begin you research and realize that there are several DIRECT flights from major US cities flying into Belize.

While United Airlines, Southwest, American Airlines, Delta and Avianca all have direct flights to Belize from various parts of the US, 2016 and 2017 will see two additional direct routes to Belize! To see a comprehensive list of flights to Belize and more Belize travel tips, view our previous blog post here.

WestJet will begin to offer a direct flight two times per week from Toronto, Canada to Belize as of October 29, 2016.

Also, for the period between March 11, 2017 and April 22, 2016, Southwest will also offer a direct flight from the Rocky state itself, Denver, Colorado.

Getting to your tropical vacation destination could not be any easier now!

For those flying from Toronto, now is the time to take advantage of those flights as we will be kicking off the Fall and Winter season with our annual Halloween party! Bring your costumes if you wish, and come prepared to enjoy a night of ghoulish fun. We only have a few cabanas left available!

Coco Plum Island Resort annual Halloween Party

You say October is a bit too soon? Then take your time as our lower summer season rates do not end until December 17, 2016. If you can make it in November, then you can also surely enjoy our November Cultural Celebration, in which each Monday of November you will enjoy the local music and food of Belize’s melting pot of cultures.

Garifuna Cultural Celebration with local drumming and punta dancing

Where to stay? 

Once you’ve gotten your flights booked and scheduled, there is absolutely nothing else to worry about because Coco Plum Island Resort is an ALL INCLUSIVE private island. Send us your flight itinerary and we’ll handle all the details. Our Belize all inclusive honeymoon / lovers’ getaway package includes: local transportation, oceanfront accommodations, all meals and local alcoholic beverages, complimentary use of our water sport equipment, and exciting adventure tours! Just imagine yourself sitting in our hammocks, enjoying the cool breeze with a cocktail in your hand!

Belize all inclusive romantic private island

Our reservations office also has an amazing special offer for those interested in staying with us between November 19, 2016 and January 31, 2016. It is an offer not to be missed – So email us directly at and let us help you plan your private island getaway!

We’ll see you in paradise!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Coco Plum Belize Lobster Fest

Highlights of Coco Plum’s First Lobster Fest & Dates for Next Year!

A Lobster Craze at Coco Plum!

And just like that, summer has almost come and gone! And the highlight of Coco Plum’s Summer 2016 was our first annual Lobster Fest. The festivities culminated on June 22, 2016 and ended July 20, 2016. For every Wednesday in those five weeks, our guests splurged on the astounding lobster dishes prepared by our ever amazing kitchen staff as part of our all inclusive packages.

Beers flowed endlessly during the fest, as we literally had beers by the bucket! The music was playing and had the hips of all our guests swaying as we danced to the local Garifuna tunes, which is a huge part of our culture given our southern location off the coast of Dangriga Town.

Belize Lobster Fest at Coco Plum Island Resort

Lobster Fritters at Coco Plum Island Resort Lobster Festival

Lobster Festival with beer buckets and lobster ceviche

For those few guests who had their dietary restrictions, they nary had a worry, as they were provided equally tasty dishes to snack on during the festivities.

Followed by a fun afternoon of dancing, games, drinks, and scrumptious lobster appetizers, our guests sat down for dinner only to dine on an exquisite and craftily prepared lobster dinner. As the locals would put it – “lobster can’t done!” Ending the night with karaoke at the bar – Coco Plum’s First Annual Lobster Fest was one to remember!

A couple celebrating at Belize Lobster Fest

Coco Plum Lobster Festival in Belize

All Inclusive Lobster tail dinner at Coco Plum Island Resort

If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy this special event, there’s no need to worry. Due to the success of our very first Lobster Fest we have decided to schedule dates for next year’s festivities.

Mark your calendars & book your oceanfront cabanas now for Coco Plum’s Second Lobster Fest. The second year may just be twice as nice!

Opening of the Belize Lobster Season – June 15, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 1 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 2 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 3 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Lobster Fest Week 4 – Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We cannot wait to see you there!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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New Discovery Uncovered at Xunantunich Maya Site in Belize

New Discovery Uncovered at Xunantunich Mayan Site in Belize

The largest Mayan tomb to ever be found in Belize at Xunantunich!

And the amazing wonders of Belize continue. Last week, archaeologists working at the Xunantunich Mayan Site uncovered a tomb with skeletal remains of a man who is believed to have been a Maya ruler. This marks the first tomb to be discovered at Xunantunich and the largest ever recorded in Belize! See the complete story as reported on Channel 7 Belize News:

Archaeologists estimate that the skeletal remains of the man suggest he was in his late 20’s to early 30’s and was surrounded with clay pottery, vases, jade beads, and other artifacts. Additionally, animal remains of what is believed to be either a deer or jaguar were found in the tomb alongside the body.  A congratulations goes out to the archaeological team for this discovery which helps give us deeper insight into the ancient Maya civilization!

Archaeologists find new tomb discovered at Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Belize

Xunantunich is a Mayan archaeological site located in the westernmost part of Belize in the Cayo District. The site is surrounded by mounds, small temples, beautiful greenery, and the largest temple, “El Castillo” where one can climb all the way to the top and witness awe-inspiring views. The tomb was found in one of the central sites.

All Inclusive Packages with tours to Xunanutnich Mayan Ruin

Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Belize

Located on a private island off the coast of Belize, Coco Plum offers its guests a chance to experience the best of both worlds as they travel to Xunantunich and witness this amazing structure as part of our all inclusive packages. Learn more about the history behind Xunantunich and contact our reservations office today to reserve your oceanfront cabana today!

Warm Regards,

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Javier and Christina's Belize Beach Wedding

A Magical Caribbean Beach Wedding

Congratulations Javier & Christina

Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel. As a young man, he sailed pass a quaint little island paradise in the southern Caribbean waters of Belize. What he stumbled upon was truly a dream come true. Met by forever smiling, warm and friendly staff he was generously welcomed and fed. He was hooked. The views from every angle of this little hidden treasure were unbelievable. He vowed to return soon. And he would return to marry the love of his life at his most favorite place in these Caribbean waters.

Coco Plum Island Resort is not only a great all-inclusive destination for honeymooners, lovers, and even friends looking for a secluded getaway; Coco Plum also offers its couples the opportunity to get married on local soil.

16 Acre Belize Private Island

Whether the couple comes alone or does an entire private island rental to share with friends or family, our weddings are a spectacular display of artistry and love. Leave all the planning to a wedding planner, who coordinates the day, leaving all the days leading up to the ceremony to the enjoyment of the lovebirds.

Our lovely couple and their family surely did enjoy each day leading up to their ceremony as they relished in our local creations of our skilled bartenders and chefs. Between swimming, paddle boarding, a little karaoke and diving there was still just enough to time to lay back in a beach chair to enjoy our famous Mosquito Bites.

The wedding day quickly draws near, and the anticipation builds. The island grounds men have been working arduously to prepare the spots for the ceremony, cocktail and reception area. The wedding planner makes all the final touches – floating candles, tiki torches, a lit pathway to the ceremonial spot, floral centerpieces, and of course putting the champagne on ice – as the bride and groom each get ready in their cabanas.

Belize Beach Wedding Candlelight Walkway

Belize Beach Wedding Floral Arrangement

Belize All Inclusive Destination Wedding

The ceremony begins and then ends ends just with the sun fading away in the background. A toast is made as the crowd cheers to the union: fireworks complete this breathtaking scene.

Coco Plum Island Resort All Inclusive Beach Wedding

Belize Destination Wedding and Private Island Rental

At twilight, the cocktail is held and the toasts continue. The groom plays a surprise video for his bride – a video declaring his love and dedication and appreciation of her.

Belize Beach Wedding Reception

All Inclusive Belize Beach Wedding Packages

The unwavering kitchen staff continues to produce one wonderful course after another for the reception buffet. By the last tray of food, a line has formed and the party sits down to enjoy their meal. The band plays light music during this time, but are steadily preparing for the party that will occur soon after. Shoes come off, skirts get hiked up a little and the dancing in the sand begins and continues thru the night.

Belize All Inclusive Beach Wedding

Belize Beach Wedding Reception

Beach Themed Wedding Cake

And another wedding to remember is completed. The young man’s dream has become a reality ten times over. Your dream can come true – come have your own private island wedding leaving all the work to the professionals. Congratulations Javier & Christina! It was a pleasure hosting your Belize destination wedding at Coco Plum Island Resort.

Belize Sunset Beach Wedding

Book our wedding package and enjoy your vacation, wedding and then your honeymoon all in the same week. Enjoy the views, the meals, the unlimited local drinks, inland tours and marine tours with the person you love at our amazing private island paradise.

Warm Regards,

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Belize Lobster Festival

Coco Plum’s First Annual Lobster Festival!

Kick off Summer with an island celebration of the opening of lobster season in Belize!

With the days getting longer and our tans getting darker, summer is definitely around the corner; that means that a large number of beach activities and beach parties are on the horizon! A typical Belizean summer entails various agricultural fests, as a whole array of foods “come in to season.” As agricultural products are produced by the season, the tropical climate of a Belizean Summer welcomes mangoes, cashews, and lobsters by throwing large festivals – or “fests.” Get ready to experience all the savory, fresh flavor that Belize has to offer!

Lobster Ceviche at Belize Lobster Festival

Lobster Ceviche

The Lobster Fest is the most popular, as it is held multiple times in various locations, including San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia. Traditionally, fishing for lobster has been a source of revenue for many local residents; now, we are happy to share the culture surrounding lobster with visitors to Belize! These events – with their discounted drinks, wide array of creative lobster dishes, free concerts and fun competitions – draw quite the crowd, from locals to tourists alike. Hotels in these locations are fully booked just weeks before the event, as everyone wants to ensure that they can be a part of the lobster frenzy.

Guests of Coco Plum are in luck as we are offering our first private island version of the Belize Lobster Fest experience! Look out for music, games and of course tasty lobster delicacies. Be prepared to devour lobster anyway you like: grilled, fried, boiled, or even in a delicious ceviche. Enjoy all that Lobster Fest has to offer without the huge crowds, while enjoying the unlimited local drinks included in each of our All Inclusive packages.

Lobster Fritters at Belize Lobster Festival

Belizean-style Lobster Fritters

The festivities begin June 29, 2016 and will continue every Wednesday until July 20, 2016. Stay tuned as we cannot wait to show you the surprises of our first Coco Plum Lobster Fest!

Enjoy our full course Lobster dinner at Coco Plum Island Resort

Enjoy our full course Lobster dinner



Why book a crowded island when you can experience this festive occasion on your very own private island paradise at Coco Plum?

Don’t miss out on this mouth-watering experience and book before all the cabanas are gone!





We’ll see you in paradise!


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