Best Time To Visit Belize Guide
We won’t ask your age, but if you remember a time when folks took vacations only between June and August, you’re probably not a Millennial. Contemporary life has evened out such traditions. Nowadays, every month is vacation month—particularly at Cahal Pech Village Resort in Belize where each season offers distinct advantages. When is the best time to visit Belize? There is no bad time to come, of course. Pick the one that suits your personality and lifestyle and your timing will be perfect.
Visit Belize in Summer
(Temperatures range from 83- to 86-degrees F daily)
Forget overblown talk about rainy seasons and dry seasons! Here’s the real story: though the green season is renewal time in Belize, rains don’t pour down day and night and there has been no sighting of an Ark carrying an old guy plus pairs of animals of late. May and June are the two months most likely to require you to don a poncho, but you’ll wear it smugly, knowing that hotel rates and attractions are so affordable, you can tuck into comfortable accommodations at surprisingly low prices while you wait for a shower to pass. Could you experience a deluge? On occasion; roads and some attractions may close briefly, so visit the ones that remain open on these days and you’ll see everything you want to experience and more: Mayan ruins, jungle treks, wildlife preserves, the Great Barrier Reef and towns and villages that reflect Belize’s commercial and cultural heritage. You don’t have to lift a finger to book any of these; Cahal Pech staff members are experts at arranging tours, excursions and adventures!
Visit Belize in Fall
(Temperatures range from 71- to 84-degrees F daily)
Savvy travelers know that autumn is idyllic in Belize because the green season is winding down as prices bottom out as well, so until November, rates remain very affordable. Winter and year-end holiday travelers don’t start arriving until late November, so between September and October, you’ll live like a king and be on hand for Belize’s Columbus Day holiday on October 12th. Want to experience the biggest events of all? Come in September. There’s a nation-wide party paying tribute to Belize’s independence that literally lasts for 30 days. Two of the biggest celebrations—St. George’s Caye Day on September 10th and Independence Day on September 21th--are just a taste of the action. Visit in September and experience Carnival, an international beauty pageant, concerts, a Belize Expo, parades and entertainments so distinct, frequent travelers wouldn’t dream of visiting during the other 11 months. Autumn brings another important holiday to Belize: Garifuna Settlement Day, a grand ethnic tribute to some of Belize’s earliest settlers, held on November 19. Your Cahal Pech hosts would be delighted to help with your itinerary if you don’t want to miss a thing during your stay.
Visit Belize in Winter
(Temperatures range from 70- to 83-degrees F daily)
The biggest wave of tourists descends upon Belize between mid-December and mid-January, so expect lodgings to be heavily booked and prices hit a crescendo at this time, too. That stated, Cahal Pech staff want you to know that you’ve a place awaiting you if you book early enough--and it’s really never too early. While friends and relatives fight snow and ice back home, you’ll encounter a couple of showers as “cold fronts” breeze through Belize, but those cold fronts usher in mild temperatures that, heaven forbid, could require you to don a light sweater at night! If money is no object, your trip to Belize during winter months that extend into early spring is likely to be an extravagant vacation, so if you’re watching your wallet like a hawk, a winter visit to Belize could do some damage to your bottom line. On the other hand, winter visitors enjoy a bonanza of holidays, island-style, in late December: Christmas, Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Year’s. Cahal Pech Resort pulls out all stops when decorating for this magical season, so your holiday spirit won’t be diminished—despite that mild weather.
Visit Belize in Spring
(Temperatures range from 76- to 87-degrees F daily)
Late April ends winter season in Belize, so once Easter and spring breaks come and go, crowds thin out, but attractions and tours are so bountiful, you'll need lots of time to see them all. The International Cross Country Cycle Race is held in conjunction with the Easter celebration (which lasts four days). Dry, warm weather drifts in. Athletic souls have their pick of activities, and each can be arranged by checking in with your Cahal Pech hosts: canoeing, bird watching, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, cave tubing--every Belize adventure under the sun. Hotel and resort rates remain high in early spring because this bridge season is preferred by visitors who like the drop in big crowds but don’t necessarily prioritize price breaks over pleasure. Add an official holiday to your itinerary by visiting on Commonwealth Day, May 24th. Like fall, spring is transitional; Belize tourism that gently leads to the start of summer is accompanied by the proverbial low season ushering in spring flowers in the form of rate drops, discounts, reduced rate packages and more. Coincidentally, prices start dipping on May 1st which happens to be Labour Day in Belize and a national holiday. What better way to celebrate your savings than by getting the most bang for your buck?
Belize Weather by Month
Visiting Belize in January - March
This is the season when the least amount of rain falls. Days are long with plenty of warm sunshine, especially in the north and central part of the country. An ideal time to explore the deep jungle, including Maya ruins, or partaking in outdoor adventures. Also a great time to work on your tan.
This is peak season, so be sure to book ahead when reserving rooms and tours.
Events and Festivals
- Carnival - This week-long celebration occurs every year before the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar. Enjoy dancing, music, and street celebrations. Don't miss Carnival in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.
Visiting Belize in April - May
The weather in the west and on the islands is still largely rain-free but temperatures and humidity are slightly elevated. Easter is one of the most popular times to visit Belize so be sure to make your reservations ahead of time.
Events and Festivals
- Chocolate festival - Every year at the end of May the town of Punta Gorda and the surrounding area in the southern Toledo district celebrate all things chocolate. Sample dozens of different chocolate dishes, including chocolate beer, chocolate-making workshops, and plenty of chocolate based products (like chocolate soap).
Visiting Belize in June - July
The beginning of the green season. Expect warm, sunny days with showers overnight and in the afternoon. Prices for tours and lodging start to come down, making this an excellent time to see the country.
Events and Festivals
- La Costa Maya International - In early August starts the biggest festival in the country. It begins with a beauty pageant and then continues for three days with top-name musical acts, dancing, parades, and lots of fun for the whole family.
Visiting Belize in August - October
This is the height of the green season, so expect steady showers at night and occasionally during the morning. Prices for tours and lodging is at their lowest, making this time of year a great opportunity to explore Belize if you're on a budget.
Events and Festivals
- Independence Day - September 21 caps off two weeks of patriotic music concerts, parades, and street parties.
Visiting Belize in November - December
Look for gorgeous weather, particularly at the end of November and into December. One of the most popular times to visit so most hotels and resorts are booked up early.
Events and Festivals
- Garifuna Settlement Day - November 19 is when the Garifuna people celebrate their arrival in Belize with dancing, drumming, and lots of good food. Visit Punta Gorda, Dangriga and Hopkins to experience the Garifuna culture in all its glory.
Please keep in mind the following public and bank holidays in Belize when planning your vacation:
January 1: New Years Day
March 9: Baron Bliss Day
May 1: Labor Day
May 24: Commonwealth Day
September 10: St. George’s Caye Day
September 21: Independence Day
October 12: Columbus Day
November 19: Garifuna Settlement Day
December 25:Christmas Day
December 26:Boxing Day