The weather in Belize can make or break your vacation. It is important to know that the climate is subtropical and there are two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season; each has its own pros and cons. The average temperature in Belize during the dry season is 73 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 to 27 degrees Celsius and during the rainy season, the average temperature is 79 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.
The Dry Season
The dry season is considered Belize’s “winter” minus the snow and freezing cold. During the months of November, December and January, the temperature in Belize drops a bit leading to cool windy days with lots of sunshine. And starting February, March, and May, there are hotter days with almost no clouds. The good weather permits for the scheduling of lots of fun activities including numerous aquatic sports and jungle adventures. After all, Belize is indeed an active destination.
This season is also Belize’s high tourism season, certain towns and archaeological sites can be a bit crowded with tourists. Although, do remember that Belize is still relatively unknown and doesn’t really attract a lot of tourists as compared to other countries. Approximately 250,000 overnight tourists visit Belize every year.
The Rainy Season
The rainy season runs equivalent to Belize’s low season for tourism (June to October). Being in Belize during this time can mean that your sunny days can be unexpectedly ruined by rain showers. The good news is that unless there is a tropical storm, showers usually only last an hour or two. Also, keep in mind that Belize’s hurricane season is during this time and a potential hurricane can make your vacation run short.
Another negative is that if there’s a lot of rain, certain tours such as snorkeling or diving and caving adventures like Barton Creek Cave or Actun Tunichil Muknal get canceled for a couple days until the conditions ease down and it’s once again safe. Although, Belize’s rainy season has several issues to consider, many people think it’s a fair trade for avoiding the crowds and saving money.