The best time to visit Belize
If you’re planning a trip to Belize, it’s vital to understand when is the best time of year to visit. Unlike many places, Belize doesn’t break up the year into four seasons. Rather, it has two: the high season, and the low season. The first applies to the sunnier months of November – May, and the second to the hot and rainy season of late May – November. But which is the best time to visit?
Late November to mid-May, Belize’s high season
Belize’s dry season arrives at the end of November, bringing warm temperatures, clear, sunny days and thousands of tourists with it. While things are busier and prices higher, there are plenty of reasons to brave the crowds.
The mild weather of the high season makes Belize’s many outdoor activities even more appealing. Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are all impossible to pass up this time of year, and the end of the high season is also perfect for spotting the occasional whale shark and plenty of dolphins at Gladden Spit.
Additionally, the high season is also brimming with festivals and events. Belizean Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are all celebrated in serious style, along with Garifuna Settlement Day in November, and the iconic Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival in February, just to name a few. Whenever you arrive, you’ll find something exciting on the calendar.
Late May – November, Belize’s low season
Belize’s low season begins with the peak of summer in May and June, then rounds out with the rainy season, which begins in July and carries on through November. While this weather might not be ideal for some, for others it’s the best time to visit Belize. If the heat and rain don’t bother you, then these months can be a great opportunity to explore Belize at discounted rates and smaller crowds.
Although not all tourist attractions and tours are open during the low season, many will be happy to accommodate you if you try calling ahead. You’ll also get to enjoy festivals such as Lobsterfest in June and Belize Carnival and Independence Day in September – no reservations required!
The reduced tourist numbers in the low season also mean that you’ll be able to enjoy your pick of accommodations at highly competitive rates. It’s an excellent time to explore boutique or upmarket accommodations, and to consider upgrading to that dream villa or resort.
It’s always the perfect time of year at Sirenian Bay
Whether you’re looking to visit during the high season or during the Belize rainy season, Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas would be more than delighted to host you. For more information about the best time to visit Belize, or to book a stay, please get in touch.