Dry (and peak) season in Belize runs from late November to mid-April, when temperatures average 81F during the day.
The rainy season is from June to November, with hurricane season between July to October. The south usually experiences up to three times more rain than the north, which is worth keeping in mind if you’re planning a visit during these months.
November, May and June are usually good shoulder months. They’re considered off-peak but the rainfall isn’t too heavy, so it’s a great time to visit with fewer people around.
As expected, Belize’s dry season (late November to mid-April) is the most popular time to visit. This is the best time to do most of the activities on offer in Belize, from sitting under the brilliant sun in the cayes to exploring the rainforests (where most of the Mayan ruins also happen to be). These months also tend to be the best for wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for whale sharks between March and June and jaguars in the forests between January and May – that is, if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these mysterious beings.
With over 600 species to look out for, Belize is a very popular birding destination, and various species can be spotted throughout the year depending on whether you head to the cayes or the jungles. The cayes are home to thousands of birds from frigates to red-footed boobies; in the north, over 100 species can be found in the Crooked Tree Sanctuary alone, and that figure doesn’t even include what you can find in the lagoons and reserves nearby! The possibilities are endless for bird lovers, and though the chances of spotting some species are higher during the dry season, the rainy season wouldn’t disappoint.
Belize is also home to the world’s second largest barrier reef system, the Great Belize Reef. So, unsurprisingly, it’s a very popular destination for divers. Visibility in the sea is usually best between April and June.
Belize’s rainy season goes from June to November, with July to October being hurricane season. As with any tropical climate, the early days (usually June to early August) of the rainy season are marked by sporadic rain, rather than constant downpours. If the rain doesn’t bother you that much, then it’s still a good time to visit and explore some of the amazing beaches and jungles.
May and June are good shoulder season months – they’re technically off peak but still a good time to go due to fewer tourists being around.
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