THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BELIZE

Updated: 10th June 2019

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Thanks to a temperate climate Belize is a great destination all year round

Seasons and Weather

The inviting sub-tropical climate of Belize makes for a pleasant visit most months of the year. Temperatures vary by only about 4°C between the warmest and coolest parts of the year. The humidity, while high, is often masked by the cooling sea breezes along the coast, and when at altitude, by the cool mountain air.

There is a wet and dry season that varies from year to year. The wet season runs from mid-May - November in the south and from mid-June to November in the north. November to February is a transitional period, with the year’s coolest temperatures and a limited amount of rain. The true dry season is February – April and most visitors choose to visit at this time and in the shoulder months (November – February).

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Climate | Belmopan


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C192122232424242423222020
Temp Max °C272829303131313131302827
Rainfall (mm)137613856109196163170244305226185

Festivals and Events

With an intriguing history that combines British rule and Maya traditions, Belize has a fascinating cultural landscape that shines through in its myriad festivals. From ancient rituals to historical events to lobster, the people of Belize can always find a reason to celebrate – and celebrate in style none the less. Festivals in Belize and noisy, colourful and exciting so be sure not to miss out.

Baron Bliss Day

Commemorating Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, one of Belize’s largest financial benefactors, this festival involves sailboat and horse racing, kiting competitions and plenty of opportunities to make merry on the beach or in the city. The money that was donated to Belize has played an integral role in the development of the country and has been used to establish a nursing school, cultural centre and more.

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest

A delicacy in the western world, but often out of our price range for regular consumption, lobsters in Belize get their own festivals, the most vibrant of which takes place on the paradise island of Caye Caulker. On the first day of the festival, Miss Lobster Fest is crowned and the festivities carry on through to Sunday. Dancing events, lobster weigh-in competitions and impressive ceremonies are just some of what’s on offer and, of course, there will be lobster ready to eat in every form imaginable.

Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta

Situated along the Belize/Guatemala border, this festival celebrates the town’s patron saint Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Nuestra Señora de Monte Carmelo). The event always sees a large turnout and this might have something to do with the rumour that the women in Benque Viejo del Carmen are especially beautiful, making the pageant particularly popular. The rest of the festival is made up of rides, games, food, fireworks and an array of cultural performances.

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Deer Dance Festival

Unique to Belize, this festival takes place in San Antonio, a Maya village in the South. The main event of this celebration is a ritual dance that symbolises the hunting of deer, performed by locals in masks and brightly coloured costumes. Another significant feature of the festival takes place afterwards when the valiant attempt to climb a greased pole in order to claim a prize that sits at the top.

St. George’s Caye Day

On this day back in 1798 a group of British settlers and liberated slaves defeated the Spanish navy on St. George’s Caye, thus ending their attempts to dislodge the British and conquer Belize. This victory is celebrated every year with a re-enactment of the battle on the site where it originally took place. Other festivities include a regatta, BBQs, music, games and the crowning of Miss San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.

Independence Day

On September 21st 1981, Belize gained independence from the British and it remains to this day a cause from celebrations across the country, the most impressive of which take place in Belize City. Marches and parades flow through the streets in an explosion of noise and colour and street food vendors set up shop along the side of the road, filling merry-makers with delicious local snacks.

Upcoming events

To help plan your visit to Belize, here's an overview of the festivals and events taking place over the next year:

2019:

July 13th-15th - Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta (Benque Viejo del Carmen)
August 1st - Deer Dance Festival (San Antonio)
September 10th - St. George’s Caye Day (St. George’s Caye)
September 21st - Independence Day (Belize City)

2020:

March 9th - Baron Bliss Day (nationwide)
June TBC - Caye Caulker Lobster Fest (Caye Caulker)

There's also a number of national holidays in Belize and on these dates many businesses and some tourist sites will close for the day so plan your visit accordingly.

See Also

For further help planning your visit to Belize have a look at our handy Travel Guide resources:

Tourist Visas - what you need to know before leaving
Top Travel Tips - useful info on health, food and money in Belize
Style of Travel - what to expect on a Latin America group tour