The question: when is the best time to visit Belize has no fixed answer.
The reason being that it is always a great time to visit Belize. However, due to weather or timing preferences, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. For example, there isn’t a best time of the year to visit Belize for scuba diving – although some people prefer the calmer waters during summer, but if you seek to go diving with Whale Sharks, this can only be done March to June in Placencia.
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There are also other major factors that contribute to having a more enjoyable vacation in Belize, such as 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 Belize’s “dry season”, which is the best time for amazing weather in Belize. Coincidently, this point in time also matches with North America’s winter, which means that a lot of Americans and Canadians escape the cold and visit Belize for the nice and warm climate.
The low season runs from mid-May to early November. Many travelers strategically visit Belize during this time to take advantage of lower prices. Most tourism businesses drop their room and tour rates up to 30-50 percent in order to accommodate the plunge in tourist arrivals.
Weather in Belize
Knowing what the weather in Belize will be like during your vacation is important because it can make or break your trip. In Belize there are two seasons, the “dry season” and the “rainy season”; each season has its own pros and cons. You can read more details here: www.belizeadventure.ca/weather
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 dry season is also Belize’s high tourism season, certain towns and archaeological sites can be a bit crowded with tourists. Although, you should note that Belize is still relatively unknown and doesn’t really attract a lot of tourists compared to other destinations. For example, Belize only receives approximately 250,000 overnight visitors a year.
The rainy season runs equivalent to Belize’s low season, which is mid-May to mid-November, however, it’s usually rainy from June to October. Being in Belize during this time can mean that your sunny days can unexpectedly turn into a rainy day. But the good news is that unless there is a tropical storm, showers usually only last one or two hours. Also, keep in mind that Belize’s hurricane season is during this time and a potential hurricane can make your vacation run short – so I recommend you buy travel insurance!
A possible negative is that with lots of rain, certain tours such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and caving adventures like Barton Creek Cave or Actun Tunichil Muknal can get canceled 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 there coincides with certain celebrations. For year-wide festivals see: www.belizeadventure.ca/festivals
- I would say that the most popular tourist event in Belize is the Lobster Festival. It 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 also a hugely popular event that brings crowds from everywhere to Ambergris Caye, where the lively town of San Pedro hosts a week of parties and beauty pageants. For a full list of events happening in Ambergris Caye, check out this link: www.belizeadventure.ca/ambergris-caye-festivals-and-events
- Visiting Belize in September is a great time to witness national pride as Belizeans celebrate St George’s Caye Day, Carnival and Independence Day.
- A few more interesting Belize events and festivals are the Battle of the Drums, La Ruta Maya River Challenge, Toledo Cacao Festival and Garifuna Settlement Day.