Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Belize

Rainbow after rain. The Palapa Bar in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
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There are two seasons in Belize: the dry season, which runs from December to April, and the rainy season aka wet season, which runs from May to November, with July to October being the rainiest months. During this time, all of Belize will experience some rain – from light morning showers to strong downpours in the afternoons.

See: Best Time to Go to Belize & 10-step Belize Travel Guide

However, there is good news. Unless there is a tropical storm, the rain will typically only last an hour or two per day for the majority of Belize’s rainy season. And many days it won’t even rain! This, of course, changes towards the tail end of the rainy season when it’s more likely that there will be one to two stormy days per week.

So if you’re thinking about being in Belize during the rainy season, let me share with you a few fun things to do in Belize when it rains.

1. Visit Mayan Ruins

Lamanai Mayan Ruin
Lamanai’s mask temple

Light rain doesn’t need to stop you from visiting Mayan ruins. Opposite to the cold and freezing rain in many parts of the U.S. and Canada, the rain in Belize is warm and comfortable. Just make sure to pack a good raincoat and waterproof hiking boots.

2. Go caving

Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch

Since you’ll have to get wet during some cave adventures, such as the ATM Cave and Cave Tubing, why not go while it’s raining. This suggestion, however, does not apply during sustained torrential downpours, since for safety reasons, sites are sometimes temporarily closed during such periods.

3. Dive or snorkel Belize’s reef

Diving the Belize Barrier Reef

Unless there are thunderstorms and the risk of lightning, diving and snorkeling Belize’s reef can be done during rainy times. Like I mentioned above, the rain in Belize is not cold and the water temperature remains nice and warm throughout the year. However, if it’s cloudy and windy, you will feel a bit cold when you’re outside of the water.

4. Visit museums and galleries

Natural History Museum in Belize

Since museums and galleries are typically indoors, this is a great activity to do when it’s raining. And the best part of this activity is that it also leaves you feeling like you’ve explored something about your destination. So find the nearest museum or gallery in the town you’re staying and go learn about the art, culture, and history of Belize.

5. Indulge in Belizean food

Belize Pibil

I don’t know about you but at good restaurants, I totally don’t mind getting “stuck” there if it’s raining too much! Get there for lunch, then have a few drinks, and stay until dinner time. 😉 Alternatively, go on a Belizean food tour or take a cooking class where you can learn to make something interesting that you’ll eventually end up eating!

6. Pamper yourself at the hotel spa

Massage on the beach in Belize

How about booking a spa treatment at your resort? Getting a mani-pedi or massage while on vacation should be part of everyone’s trip! This is a great way to enjoy yourself while you relax and unwind, which also ensures that you don’t feel tired when you return home after a fun-filled active vacation.

7. Hang out at your hotel

hang out at your belize hotel

Rainy days are perfect for hanging out at your hotel. Go to the pool, lobby or guest lounge and read a book or make friends! You can also enjoy a day of playing board games. As for travelers with young children, most Belize family resorts can organize a fun day of arts and crafts for kids.

8. Just relax!

Private balcony at Belize hotel

Sitting on your patio or balcony during a storm in Belize is the epitome of peaceful. If you’re in the jungle, you’ll get to hear the soothing sounds of the rainforest, and if you’re on the beach, you’ll hear the waves crashing on the shore. And for both destinations, you’ll vividly hear the rain gently crashing against your rooftop.



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