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Beach in Placencia, Belize

When is the best time to visit Belize?

The best time to visit Belize is during the dry season, which is between January and May. Visitors can expect predominantly warm, sunny days in the Cayo District and on the Cayes. The Toledo District and Placencia enjoy a more tropical climate where you can expect rain at any time of year, but this is what gives these regions their lush beauty.

The wet season runs from June to December, but travel is still possible until early August, with rain mostly falling in the afternoon. As the season progresses, travel becomes challenging and there is a low risk of hurricanes.

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Belize Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Atolls 27°C 113mm 28°C 69mm 29°C 47mm 30°C 35mm 31°C 82mm 31°C 172mm 30°C 174mm 30°C 142mm 31°C 182mm 30°C 247mm 28°C 190mm 27°C 165mm
The Cayes 29°C 109mm 29°C 47mm 30°C 30mm 31°C 32mm 32°C 91mm 31°C 154mm 32°C 108mm 32°C 99mm 32°C 194mm 31°C 199mm 30°C 163mm 29°C 115mm
Cayo District & Caracol 27°C 96mm 28°C 47mm 28°C 59mm 31°C 43mm 31°C 77mm 31°C 192mm 29°C 176mm 30°C 124mm 30°C 183mm 29°C 191mm 28°C 163mm 28°C 123mm
Coastal Mainland 27°C 142mm 28°C 72mm 30°C 59mm 31°C 49mm 32°C 111mm 31°C 284mm 31°C 308mm 31°C 290mm 31°C 320mm 30°C 302mm 28°C 217mm 28°C 180mm
Toledo District 11°C 33mm 13°C 36mm 16°C 31mm 18°C 40mm 23°C 36mm 28°C 27mm 33°C 8mm 32°C 9mm 28°C 23mm 21°C 40mm 14°C 42mm 11°C 40mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Belize

Ruins at Xunantunich, Belize

Visiting Belize in January - March

This is the driest time to visit Belize, with prolonged periods of warm sunshine; particularly in the north and central regions. This lends itself to exploring the country’s jungles and Maya ruins, trying some adventure activities and relaxing on the beach. As this is peak season, planning early will give you the best choice of hotels and lodges.

Events & Festivals

  • Carnival Week (just before Lent): Carnival Week sees music and dancing, with particularly lively festivities in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.
Crystal Clear waters at the Snakes Cayes, Toledo District, Belize

Visiting Belize in April - May

In April and May the weather in the Cayo District and on the Cayes remains predominantly dry, while heat and humidity gradually increases. Easter is a very popular time to visit Belize, so you need to book early if this is the only time you can travel; particularly if you are combining Belize with a visit to neighbouring Guatemala.

Events & Festivals

  • Punta Gorda (end of May): Punta Gorda in Toledo district sees its annual Chocolate Festival, with a week of events celebrating the cacao bean, chocolate making and local crafts.
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Visiting Belize in June - July

The rainy season begins, but this is rarely the persistent rainfall that is experienced later in the season, with sharp showers predominantly falling in the afternoon and at night. Mid June marks the beginning of lobster season in Belize, with Placencia and Ambergris Caye being great places to try some tasty lobster dishes.

Howler Monkey, Lamanai

Visiting Belize in August - October

The height of the rainy season sees high humidity, heavy rain and the risk of tropical storms; including very occasional hurricanes. Some lodges close in September for annual maintenance.

Events & Festivals

  • La Costa Maya (early August): The biggest festival in Belize, with musicians travelling from across the Americas to perform. In Ambergris Caye there are pageants, music and dance events to be enjoyed.
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Visiting Belize in November - December

The heaviest rains begin to ease and humidity is decreasing. By December, visitors are returning to Belize in great numbers, with beach hotels for Christmas and New Year becoming fully booked many months in advance.

Events & Festivals

  • Garifuna Settlement Day (19th November): Brings traditional dancing, drumming and celebrations to the whole country, but most notably to Punta Gorda, Dangriga and Hopkins.

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