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About Belize

   

When is the Best Time to Visit Belize?

As a country fairly close to the equator, Belize does not undergo four distinct seasons. In countries like Belize, the year is divided into two seasons: the "dry" season and the "green" or rainy season. The green season runs from approximately June to November while the dry season runs from late November to April or May.

The dry season is characterized by an abundance of sunshine and very little precipitation, although brief showers are always possible. The green season brings much-needed rain with heavier downpours usually occurring overnight or in the early morning hours. Areas of Belize in the western Cayo district and the offshore islands (known as "cayes") generally see less rain throughout the year while the eastern Caribbean coastline is more fertile.

Visiting Belize in January-March

During the heart of the dry season, expect plenty of warm sunshine and blue skies, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country. This is an excellent time to visit inland attractions like ancient Maya ruins or exploring the jungles and rainforests. It's also an excellent time to escape winter in North America and enjoy relaxing on the beach or in the rainforest.

Events and Festivals

The date of the San Pedro Carnival changes every year, but it always falls on the week before Lent begins on the Christian calendar. Don't miss parades, street dancing, and lots of celebrating, especially popular in San Pedro Town in Ambergris Caye.

Visiting Belize in April-May

Still lots of sunshine and blue skies, but humidity levels are a bit higher. Easter is the biggest religious holiday in Belize (and neighboring Guatemala and Mexico) and very popular with visitors as well. Make reservations early to ensure you've got a spot!

Events and Festivals

The Chocolate Festival is a must-see event. This weeklong festival held in and around the town of Punta Gorda in the southern Toledo District features a smorgasbord of chocolate products, including chocolate beer and chocolate soap.

Visiting Belize in June-July

Brief rain showers start to become more regular, particularly in the early morning hours and afternoon.

Events and Festivals

June marks the official beginning of the lobster season, and places like Ambergris Caye and Placencia commemorate this with popular festivals featuring dozens of savory dishes made from the world's most popular crustacean.

Visiting Belize in August-October

The forests and jungles of mainland Belize are restored to full vitality during this time of year. September is the month with the fewest visitors, making it an excellent time to find some great off-season rates.

Events and Festivals

La Costa Maya International festival, the biggest in Belize, takes place in August. A combination beauty pageant and musical extravaganza, this multi-day celebration of Maya culture and heritage is a must see event.

Visiting Belize in November-December

Rains during these periods ease off but we also experience several of the Cold Fronts drifting from North America which do bring sometimes heavy rains just as the frontal system weighs in on Belize. You can also experience long days of blue skies and abundant sunshine attract large numbers of visitors. Christmas and New Years see all the top hotels and resorts booked well in advance.

Events and Festivals

Beyond Christmas and ringing in the new year, one of the top celebrations during this time of year is Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19. This holiday is a festival of all things Garifuna, a unique Afro-Caribbean culture renowned for their drumming and iconic foods.

 

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