Dec 14, 2012
Do you need a vacation? Or a place in the sun to live, invest or retire? Well, Belize may be exactly what you’re looking for! A small country with many options for adventure and exploring; speaks English and is unabashedly beautiful, it’s worth planning a trip to Belize. But when do you go? Is there a better time of year to visit Belize then not? Knowing the weather in a country is key when choosing a vacation destination or a second or retirement home.
Seasons in Belize
The weather in Belize can generally be defined as the wet season and the dry season. The wet season usually starts in mid-June and continues to November in the north part of the country and from mid-May to early November in the south. From November to February there is minimal rainfall, but this is also the coolest time of year in Belize. If you are visiting Belize and prefer to go “against the grain”, June to August are the best times to visit. Affordable activities, lodging and flights as well as quieter beaches and restaurants will be your reward for visiting during the off-season.
The climate in Belize is considered sub-tropical, and despite the fact that there are distinct seasons, the weather is typically hot and humid, day and night year-round. For those traveling to Belize from the northern hemisphere, November to May is the most common time to travel. Even though that time frame is considered the “cool” season in Belize, daytime highs of 24°C to 27° C definitely beat any temperatures with a “minus” in front of them!
Rainfall in Belize
Similar to other countries across the world with varied topography, rainfall in Belize is not necessarily cut and dry, it’s dependent on what part of the country you are in.
The Cayo District, in the central part of Belize, has an average of 125 rainy days a year, the Belize District averages about 171 rainy days and the Toledo District, in the south, typically sees over 200 days of rain a year. Amounts of rainfall ranges between 50 inches in the north of Belize to 180 inches in the extreme south. That being said, the amount of rainfall they receive in the south attributes to the beautiful, lush and remote rainforests found in the Toledo District. Rain days in the central and northern part of the country are typically insignificant though. Early morning showers – called “night rain” by the locals – are common and are caused by cool air moving down from the mountains, which cools the air along the coast, causing a light rain.
The mainland of Belize is seldom affected by hurricanes moving up from the south. However, if the possibility of tropical storms makes you skittish, avoid visiting Belize between August and October.
When considering a second home, retirement location or simply a vacation, weather is no doubt one of the first things you’re going to consider. As a whole, Belize does not disappoint. Temperatures don’t typically dip below 16°C at the absolute coldest and although the rain does fall, remember that you ARE in the tropics, and the rain is a requirement to keep the surroundings lush and healthy.