The question: when is the best time to visit Belize has no fixed answer.
The reason is because it is always a great time to visit Belize, although everyone does search for different opportunities when choosing an ideal vacation time. For example, there is no best time of the year to visit Belize for scuba diving (although some people prefer the calmer waters during summertime) but if you seek to go diving with Whale Sharks, this can only be done from March to June.
There are a few major factors that contribute to having a more enjoyable vacation in Belize – good weather, fun activities such as festivals and events and either choosing to mingle with the crowds during high season or taking advantage of off-peak rates during the low season.
High Season and Low Season
Belize’s high season for tourism is from December to April. This time period runs simultaneously with the dry season, which is the best time for amazing weather in Belize. Coincidently, this point in time also matches with the great white north’s winter which means lots of Americans and Canadians escape the cold searching for the warmer climate.
The low season runs from mid May to early November. Many travelers strategically visit Belize during this time to take advantage of lower rates. Most tourism businesses drop their room and tour rates up to 30-50 percent in order to accommodate the plunge in tourist arrivals.
The weather can make or break your vacation. In Belize there are two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season; each has its own pros and cons.
The dry season is somewhat 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, it tends to be hotter days with almost no clouds. The good weather permits for scheduling lots of fun activities including numerous aquatic sports and jungle adventures. After all, Belize is an active/ adventure travel destination.
The dry 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.
The rainy season runs equivalent with the Belize’s low season for tourism (June to October). Being in Belize during this time can mean that your sunny days can unexpectedly turn into rainy days. But the good news is that unless there is a tropical storm, showers usually only last two or three hours max. 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 with lots of rain certain tours such as snorkeling, diving and caving adventures like Barton Creek Cave or Actun Tunichil Muknal get cancelled for the day until it’s 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.
Festivals and Events
Belizeans are lively, energetic people who enjoy any opportunity to have a good time dancing, drinking and being merry. And with some of the most festive events in Central America, many travelers who visit Belize ensure that their time coincides with certain celebrations.
The most popular tourist event is the Lobster Festivals. Lobster fest takes place in Caye Caulker, Placencia and San Pedro; each respective location conducts their festivals immediately after the opening of lobster season which takes place mid June every year. The International Costa Maya festival is another event that brings huge crowds from everywhere to Ambergris Caye , where the lively town of San Pedro hosts a week of parties and beauty pageants. Visiting in September is a great time to witness national pride as Belizeans celebrate St George’s Caye Day, Carnival and Independence Day.