When to Go
High season is mid-December through May, a period many travel agents will tell you is the “dry season,” in a vain effort to neatly contain Belize’s weather patterns. In many years, this is true, with sunny skies and green vegetation throughout the country during the North American winter. However, November can be dry as a bone and sunny, while December, January, and even February can play host to wet cold fronts that either blow right through or sit around for days.
June, July, and August technically form the rainy season—which may mean just a quick afternoon shower or rain for days. This often means significantly discounted accommodations. August is the most popular with European backpackers, while December and February are dominated by North Americans. Some tourism businesses shut down completely during the months of September and October, the peak of hurricane season.
Your best bet? Be prepared for clouds or sun at any time of year. A week of stormy weather may ruin a vacation planned solely around snorkeling, but it could also provide the perfect setting for exploring the rainforests or enjoying a hot tub and fireplace in the Mountain Pine Ridge. For current conditions, check the Belize National Meteorological Service’s website (www.hydromet.gov.bz).
© Joshua Berman and Avalon Travel from Moon Belize, 9th Edition