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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. Although you can enjoy warm temperatures across the country, the type of weather you get will depend on the region. Expect clear, sunny days in the Cayo District and on the Cayes. The Toledo District and Placencia enjoy a more tropical climate where there’s a chance of 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. Travel becomes challenging as the season progresses, and there is a low risk of hurricanes. Some businesses will close during this time.

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I think February is one of the best times to visit Belize. In between the exceptionally busy periods of January and Easter you can enjoy some of the county’s finest weather, but with more choice of hotels and lower airfares. Whether you wish to explore jungles, caves, ruins or beaches, February is a fantastic time to experience them all.

Nik, Latin America Specialist

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 traveling 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.

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