Expats and retirees looking for information on when is the best time to visit Belize need look no further! In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to help plan your trip to Belize.
Ask anyone who lives in Belize, and they’ll tell you that “any time” is the right time to visit Belize. The country never experiences sub-zero temperatures, snow, or ice, but there are two different “seasons” with slightly different weather.
Unlike North America, Belize has just two seasons: the “dry” season and the “green” season. The dry season runs from approximately mid-November until May and is characterized by slightly cooler temperatures (low to mid-80s Fahrenheit during the day and mid to upper 70s at night) and abundant sunshine. As the dry season roughly coincides with winter in the United States and Canada, it is also known as the “high” season as flocks of tourists arrive to escape inclement weather at home.
The “green” season in Belize runs from roughly June to mid-November. A season of increased precipitation, most rainfall during the green season is in the form of early morning showers and brief thunderstorms during the hottest part of the afternoon. September and October are the months with the most precipitation and the fewest tourists, making it part of the “low” season when hotels, lodges, tour operators, and airlines offer deep discounts.
Belize is a popular tourist destination and the yearly calendar is jam-packed with festivals, holidays, and celebrations.
Christmas and New Year’s are especially popular times to visit. Each village and region has their own traditional ways to celebrate.
February and March
A season of fishing tournaments, a colorful Carnival on the island of Ambergris Caye, and the Belmopan Agricultural Show (similar to a state fair in the USA).
Easter is a four-day holiday that is the biggest event of the year for locals and visitors alike. Other events include a cashew festival and chocolate festival.
The most popular events are the various Lobster Fests that herald the opening of lobster fishing season in Belize.
The International Costa Maya Festival is a four-day event in August featuring a beauty pageant, live music, and cultural exhibitions.
September is “patriotic month” in Belize as locals celebrate two national holidays of historic importance, including Independence Day on September 21.
Many different fishing tournaments, Halloween, and agricultural fairs. Garifuna Settlement Day is held every November 9 to celebrate the iconic Afro-Caribbean culture famous for its food, music, and drumming.