Between Mexico and Guatemala lies an off-the-beaten-path destination that is sure to change your life. Belize has been growing in popularity over the past few years, but its lush tropical rain forests, white sandy beaches, and coral reefs remain largely undiscovered by most.
If this is the first time you’re looking into this tropical Central American country, you probably have some questions about what to expect when it comes to Belize’s weather and activities, so let’s dive in. Whether you are looking for a vacation retreat, property investment, or retirement destination, Belize should be at the top of your list.
Belize Weather Year-Round
One of the reasons Belize is such a desired destination is because of its near-perfect weather. Categorized as a tropical climate, Belize’s yearly average temperature is 84° F (29° C). The warm breezes from the Caribbean Sea mixed with the cool shade of the inland rainforests make for an ideal climate that never reaches extreme heat or extreme cold.
The winters rarely see temperatures below 60° F (16° C) and the summers rarely rise above 86° F (30° C). So instead of the four seasons you might be used to elsewhere, Belize really only has two: dry season and wet season.
Dry Season In Belize
January through May is Belize’s dry season as well as its winter. January will see some sporadic showers that are very short and don’t last long enough to interrupt any activities.
February through May is the true height of dry season. Temperatures will slowly climb to reach a height of 87° F (31° C) in May, meaning dry, warm days with lots of sunshine.
The only rain seen during this time is in April. Known as the Iguana Rains, these brief showers travel up and down the coast, usually hitting overnight or early in the morning.
Wet Season In Belize
June and July mark the beginning of wet season in Belize although they are still very moderate months. Breezes from the east will cool things off a bit and the rain showers will pick up. The good news is that these showers are short and normally only last an hour or two!
August is known as Little Dry because the eastern breezes give way to dry winds from the west, which cause a decrease in rainfall overall and a slight increase in temperature. The rain picks back up throughout September, October, and November. There are sometimes longer rainstorms at this time called Northers, lasting two to three days at a time.
By the end of December, the wet season is coming to an end and the rain is slowing down. It’s important to note that throughout the entire wet season, the lowest average temperature is 75° F (24° C). While this is considered chilly to the residents of Belize, it’s pretty near perfect weather for most visitors from North America.
The Best Time to Visit Belize
The “high season” for tourism in Belize is November through April when it’s much colder up North and in Europe and tourists are looking for a break from the cold and snow. The dry season in Belize means little rain and higher temperatures, the perfect tropical vacation for most visitors.
Around the holidays, there are some really unique and fun activities that are sure to be highlights of the trip. Belize is a mostly Christian country, so Christmas is widely celebrated and you won’t miss out on the songs, decorations, and merriment you might be used to back home. Like most other places in the world, Belize throws huge New Year’s Eve celebrations lasting into the wee hours of the morning.
However, this time of year also means crowded attractions, long lines, and the need to make reservations in advance. If you’re looking for a quiet escape to get away from it all, you might want to consider visiting in the low season, which is May to October.
Many people assume that the summer months in Belize mean peak tourism and massive crowds. However, most people visit to get away from winter in the North, so the summer months are actually very quiet. Because they’re so quiet, many places offer discounts and deals on activities, restaurants, and lodging that aren’t available in the high season.
June, July, and August are still pretty dry and have average temperatures in the low 80s, ideal for all the fun Belize activities like snorkeling, kite surfing, and hiking, without the crowds.
The biggest concern about visiting Belize in the low season is the rain and whether it will ruin the trip. The truth is that most of the rainstorms at this time of year are very brief and move along after an hour or two, leaving visitors to enjoy plenty of sunshine the rest of the day.
Similar to the U.S., hurricane season lasts from June through November. Historically, though, most of the hurricanes in Belize have occurred between August and October. Some hurricane seasons are better than others, so it’s recommended to check out the season’s forecast before your visit through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you do find yourself in Belize at the time of a hurricane, the country’s National Emergency Management Organization tracks and prepares for each storm weeks in advance and has an advanced evacuation plan in place. The bottom line is that the summer weather in Belize is spontaneous.
Although there is a higher chance of rain and storms, it certainly doesn’t mean your vacation is ruined. You will have easier access to all the attractions, lower prices on the things you want to do, and fewer crowds to enjoy time with family and friends.
Some of the country’s best events happen during the summer, making it a great time to visit too. In April and May, you can snorkel or scuba among whale sharks as they migrate to warmer waters.
Belize celebrates Lobsterfest in June as the official start of summer. This two-week festival features all things lobster and showcases the locals’ cooking skills and lobster recipes. The month of September is dedicated to celebrating Belize’s independence. Carnivals with music and dancing fill the weeks surrounding September 21st (Independence Day) and are a beautiful spectacle for visitors to get a true taste of Belizean culture.
Are You Ready to Visit Belize?
Belize is a gorgeous destination regardless of when you choose to visit. Whether this is your first trip to Belize and you are looking for a vacation rental or this is your tenth trip and you are looking for a more long-term commitment in this beautiful country, consider Orchid Bay.
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Orchid Bay offers beachfront condominiums, waterway villas, beachfront casitas, vacation rentals, and home sites for building. The vacation rentals are perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways that combine modern amenities with the natural escape you’ve been looking for.
The purchasing and building options are ideal for those looking to make a home in Belize, taking advantage of increasing property values and rental options. No matter whether you’re looking to rent or buy, Orchid Bay can help make Belize the ideal tropical destination you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to get started!