When to Visit Belize

Belize

The high season in Belize parallels the dry season, which runs from late November to early May. If you want to soak up sun on the beach and enjoy the country’s best weather, then this is the time to come. It’s also perfect for travelers wanting to escape the cold winter months of North America. During this season, temperatures average around 80°F (27°C). The early dry season can sometimes see bursts of wind (known as “northers”), while the late dry season—around March and April—tends to be calm and clear. This is a great time of the year to go scuba diving and snorkeling.

Coming to Belize during the high season means that hotels and attractions will be more crowded. Accordingly, prices are higher and reservations must be made early. Tourists typically start coming to Belize in larger numbers after Thanksgiving, with the largest wave of visitors arriving between mid-December and mid-January.

If you’re looking to save money, come to Belize during the rainy season, which runs from June through November. Early on in this season—around May and June—is actually a good time to visit, as it isn’t super rainy and there tend to be fewer tourists than during the high season. The same goes for September and October, the later months of the rainy season. Visiting later in the rainy season also means that you’re more likely to have privacy on beaches and islands.

The main drawback of visiting during the rainy season is that dirt roads may become quite muddy, which can limit access in remote areas. Floods can occur in southern Belize and temporarily shut down portions of highways. Though, even during inclement weather, it's still possible to enjoy the shore and islands of Belize, so you can expect to pack for an amazing snorkeling or diving adventure anytime of year.

Keep in mind that Belize also has a very impressive assortment of holidays and festivals; we highly recommend making time in your itinerary to experience some of them. From food, to culture, to religion, observing or taking part in Belizean holidays and festivals is an excellent way to experience the Belize as the locals know and love it.

Getting to Belize is easy enough, because you can reach the country by land, sea, and air. Heads-up, airfare can be quite expensive, so it is very common to fly into Mexico, and make the remainder of the journey into Belize by land. Once you reach the country, the requirements to gain entry shouldn't prove too stressful—a valid passport and proof of sufficient travel funds are generally all one needs before they can officially begin their vacation.