Unfortunately, St. Peter won’t be there in the flesh–but if you show up for Belize’s most compelling fishing tournament of the year, “Dia de San Pedro” in Ambergris Caye/San Pedro on Monday, June 29th–you can feel confident that he’s taking a peek at you from the Pearly Gates as you do your best to win. This annual homage to St. Peter is both raucous and sacred, so leave your expectations behind if you attend.
There’s plenty of history and faith built into the Dia de San Pedro fishing tournament, held in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef of Belize. Just ask Mayor Daniel Guerrero, working in concert with a boat load of community leaders and volunteers to get this annual homage to St. Peter and all of his good works off the ground. The mayor may even get up early to launch the day’s event that traditionally begins with a mass of thanksgiving and fishermen’s breakfast.
Will Ambergris Caye roll out the red carpet (or perhaps that should be, roll out the fish netting) for competitors? You bet—and if you’d like to stay close to the action, book a Grand Colony Villa with your fellow fishing pals so you don’t sleep through that 4 a.m. wakeup call on Monday.
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Are you required to enter the fishing tournament? Of course not. You may wish to let others show off their prowess while you do what you enjoy most: scuba dive, snorkel or just watch the competition in close proximity to the reef. Shop San Pedro Town while the guys are off fishing, ladies, and see what you can catch, too.
No matter which mix of activities and events you decide to experience during Dia de San Pedro festivities, expect to meet, mingle and join fishing enthusiasts from around the world by enjoying entertainments staged by musical performing groups throughout San Pedro once the 2015 fishing tournament is history.
Need more information before you grab your rod and head for San Pedro? Contact Grand Colony Villas (011-501-226-4270) where staff will be delighted to make your lodging arrangements or just give you more details on this annual event. And if you do happen to win the fishing tournament, remember that it’s tradition to treat your friends to a round of celebratory drinks to mark this big occasion.