Best time of year to vacation in belize

Are you looking for the best time of year to vacation in Belize? Whether it be for a romantic getaway, a family trip or an adventure holiday, we’ve narrowed it down to present you with the best times and places to visit, depending on what your plans are.

With over 817 islands, cays, islets and rocks it’s no wonder that Belize has a number of diverse climates and temperatures. The question is what is the best time of year to go? If you are planning a vacation to the country of Belize it is important to plan your trip around the climate. From June to November the temperatures tend to average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes this time of year great for scuba-diving and swimming. However the rainy season hits in May and continues through November so bring along a sweater or jacket to stay warm in the evenings. Now if you prefer hotter weather then traveling to Belize in December, January and February is your best bet. Temperatures can reach as high as 90 degrees during these months so make sure you pack lots of sunscreen and hats.

The best time of year to visit Belize is between November and April. These times consist of the dry season where the rainforests are lush, wildlife is abundant and the weather is nice and warm making for a stress-free vacation. There’s also a lot less chance of contracting disea…

Belize is a fantastic destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, whether it’s swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. It’s also a great place to get away from it all and relax on the beach. But when is the best time of year to vacation in Belize?

Belize has two main seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season runs from May through November, while the dry season runs from December through April. In general, you’ll find that the weather is warmer during the dry season than during the rainy season. This means that if you want to get some sun on your skin, you should go during the dry season—but don’t forget to bring some sunscreen!

If you’re looking for activities beyond swimming and snorkeling, then consider visiting Belize during its world-famous festivals. One such festival happens in October: The Belize International Film Festival (BIFF). The BIFF has been recognized by The New York Times as one of “the world’s top 50 films festivals” and attracts both local filmmakers as well as celebrities like George Clooney and Brad Pitt. You can also catch live music performances throughout

If you want to go somewhere that’s warm and sunny year-round, Belize is the place to go. However, if you’re looking for the best possible weather, your best bet is to visit between April and October. The rainy season begins in November and lasts through May, so if you want dry weather during this time of year, it may be best to plan your trip for April through October.

Best Time To Travel To Belize

Belize weather averages tracking chart.
Belize monthly weather averages chart with temperatures and annual rainfall recorded over the past 14 years.

The best time to visit Belize may depend on what you want to do. For example if you are an avid SCUBA diver, the best time may be when the waters are generally calm and this is in summer which is the off season for tourism. The tourism high season in Belize coincides with the cool and dry seasons – December to April. Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November, is when overnight tourists start to travel to Belize.

There are a few scattered rains in December when cold fronts start to arrive in Belize but this is tempered by the cooler temperatures and is well received by visitors and residents alike. Hotels and tourism resorts have high rack rates during this season as that is when demand is highest. Budget travelers need to take this into account. Traveling to Belize outside the high season can make for lodging discounts of 25% or more. The same applies to airline ticket prices. Reason why we always encourage potential visitors to contact our supporting advertisers directly, rather than through a third party, to negotiate the best bang for your buck.

The single biggest wave of tourists is between December 15 and January 15, and during the weeks around the Easter season in April. Many visitors are fleeing the frost and snow in their home countries at this time and looking to spend their holidays in the tropics.

Easter in Belize includes the longest single holiday on the Belize calendar,  four consecutive public and bank holidays starting from Holy Friday and including Easter Monday. The international Cross Country Cycle Race is a highlight of this holiday. The weather tends to be dry and warm at this time and most Belizeans and visitors, including an increasing influx from the elite in Guatemala and El Salvador, make for the beaches and rivers to cool off and enjoy the sun, swimming, fishing and other recreational water sports.

Tourism lodges charge top dollar during these peak tourism periods. Experts recommend avoiding the high season if you are looking to save money. Some resorts offer discounts in the high season provided that you book well in advance and make a deposit but you need to hunt around for those unadvertised specials

The rainy season runs from June to November when annual Belize rainfall is highest. The early months of May and June when rainfall is just getting underway, are a good time to travel to Belize as you can  escape the tourist rush and hotel rates tend to be lower.

The downside is that some dirt roads get muddy and this may curtail visits to remote areas. When there is heavy rainfall, floods in the south, portions of some public highways are temporarily closed. Some caves, especially those used for cave tubing may not be not safe and are sometimes closed by the authorities during these conditions. While ground travel may be impeded in times of high rainfall, air transportation is readily available throughout the year.

Summer In Belize

Canoeing summer in Belize
Canoeing summer in Belize.

Summer is the traditional “low season” for tourism in this country, and some resorts actually close down for a couple of months due to slow business. But Belize can be attractive for those seeking a summer break. During the summer months Belize receives less visitors giving tourists the opportunity to find more privacy in areas such as the beaches, caves and Maya Ruins. High traffic areas such as Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker get crowded to saturation level with locals during vacations such as Easter but outside this time frame you will see less tourists. The upside of the dry weather in summer is that river levels are low and safer for canoe and cave archaeology adventure tours such as the Belize ATM Cave.

In the rainy season, rain showers can be heavy so make your vacation plans accordingly. Ambergris Caye and the islands are generally avoided by tourists in the rainy season. Belize’s water temperature ranges between 79 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit. Recent developments in the tourism transport niche include scheduled  helicopter tours and rentals to the more natural and historic landmarks including the Great Blue Hole.

One of the best features about spending a summer vacation in Belize of course are the summer savings. Rates start falling from around May 1st. and remain relatively low until November.

Note: Change of seasons here has no effect on time. Belize has no Daylight Savings Time. We are set on GMT -6  (Central Time) year-round no matter the season!

When planning your trip, keep in mind the Belize Public and Bank Holidays.

Best Times to Visit Belize

river paddling canoe summer in Belize
Summer is a great time to visit Belize and paddle canoes in the rivers of the Cayo and Belize districts.

Anytime is a good time to visit, but here are the “best times” for different activities and budgets:

Best time to avoid tourists: September-October
Best time to avoid rain: February through April
Best time for underwater visibility: March-June
Best time for lowest hotel prices: After Easter to U.S. Thanksgiving
Best time to visit Toledo District and the far south: February-May
Best time to visit Cayo: July-February (when it’s not so hot and dry)
Best time to visit Placencia: January-May
Best time to visit cayes: December-August
Best time to avoid hurricanes and tropical storms: December-June

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