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The Best Time To Visit Belize: What To Expect Each Month

Belize is an exceptional year-round vacation destination, thanks to its tropical climate, diverse experiences, and rich tapestry of monthly events. From lively festivals to perfect weather for outdoor excursions and cultural celebrations, Belize promises a unique adventure each month. Following is a breakdown to guide you in choosing the best month for your Belize visit.

January 

The start of the year brings a bustling atmosphere as visitors escape the cold for the warmth of the Caribbean. New Year’s Day celebrations set the tone with vibrant parties, parades, and live music. Despite being the high season, January offers diverse activities without overwhelming crowds. People aren’t the only ones flocking to warmer weather, as migratory birds start to appear for incredible Belize birdwatching.

February 

Romance fills the air in February, perfect for couples seeking intimate getaways or anniversary celebrations. Warm Caribbean waters and overwater bungalows provide a picturesque backdrop for couples, and the overlap of lobster and conch season invites food enthusiasts with fresh culinary delights. View our Romantic Island Itinerary and Top 5 Honeymoon Resorts in Belize.

March

In March, Belize embraces idyllic temperatures and tranquil waters, marking the onset of excellent underwater visibility, perfect for thrilling snorkeling and SCUBA diving adventures. As the winter crowds gradually thin out, this month unveils unparalleled opportunities for immersive marine experiences amid crystal-clear waters. March also offers a chance to witness one of Belize’s remarkable natural wonders: the bioluminescence at Anderson’s Lagoon. This enchanting seasonal spectacle typically unfolds between December and April.

April

Easter festivities dominate Belize from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. April enjoys ideal weather for outdoor explorations such as hiking and ziplining. The clear, calm seas serve as an invitation for water-based activities. Check out our guide to the Best SCUBA Diving & Snorkeling in Southern Belize.

May 

May is the best month to visit Belize for those with a sweet tooth. The Chocolate Festival of Belize takes place in Southern Belize’s Toledo District. Renowned as Belize’s chocolate capital, this festival honors local flavors, delves into cocoa’s rich history, and offers a charming experience in Punta Gorda. Stay at Copal Tree Lodge for an immersive culinary journey!

June 

Despite the onset of the rainy season, June is the start of the best months for fly fishing enthusiasts. Summer is the best opportunity to catch the renowned Belize Grand Slam– a tarpon, bonefish, and permit in one day. The rainy season brings small, isolated storms that typically pass while you are still in bed. Check out the Hopkins Mango Festival to immerse in Garifuna culture, lively events, and delicious local food.

July 

Lobster season’s opening is a cause for celebration, marked by lively festivals across Belize, including Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Placencia. Dive into the festivities with dancing, music, and a delectable array of lobster dishes

August 

August presents a spectacle for turtle enthusiasts as this is when Ranguana Caye’s very own shores witness turtle hatchings. The island provides a haven for nesting and collaborating with conservation groups for year-round protection. Additionally, the International Costa Maya Festival in Ambergris Caye captivates visitors with beauty pageants, cultural showcases, live music, and culinary delights.

September 

National pride takes center stage in September with celebrations like St. George’s Caye Day, Carnival, and Independence Day. Despite being the least-visited month, September offers unique experiences for those keen on exploring Belize during patriotic times. Festivities include live music, delectable cuisine, fireworks, and dancing. Check out five reasons September is one of the best months to visit Belize here.

October 

October typically sees fewer visitors, allowing leisurely visits to popular Maya ruins and snorkeling sites. Furthermore, the beginning of conch season invites adventurous souls to engage in catch-and-cook snorkeling excursions, adding a savory twist to underwater adventures. Remember to try some conch ceviche!

November 

Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th celebrates the arrival of the Garifuna people, bringing forth a multitude of events and festivities that showcase Belizean culture, history, and traditions. If you can’t make it in September, November is another great month to immerse in Belize. Learn more about the history of Garifuna here.

December 

December in Belize starts a festive season with bustling Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. As travelers seek warmth and joy away from colder climates, the country becomes a lively hub of activity. Embrace the holiday spirit amidst pleasant weather and discover the perfect activities and accommodations for your memorable December escape in Belize here.

Choosing the best time to visit Belize is a delight because every month offers a unique experience. Whether exploring the Top 10 Things To Do or ticking off your Belize Adventure Bucket List, Belize welcomes you year-round. Explore our Where To Visit In Belize guide for  tailored accommodation recommendations matching your preferred activities and celebrations. Your Belize adventure awaits!