Belize has two very pronounced seasons: dry and rainy. The dry season in winter attracts the most tourism, bringing people escaping the cold of the north and those on winter or spring break. Although the summer low season brings rain, it's also the best time to find deals and reduced prices.
- high season: November to December, February to May
- low season: June to October
- shoulder season: January
Belize's rainy season occurs between July and August and its dry season occurs between February and May. Temperatures in the summer are generally between 85 and 95 degrees with a subtropical climate and prevailing winds from the Caribbean Sea. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, with the highest threat in October. Passing rains are common in September. Southern areas endure the most precipitation during the summer rainy season.
Events throughout the year such as Carnival in September, La Ruta Maya Canoe River Challenge in March, and the International Costa Maya Festival in August attract large crowds.
Hotels are open throughout the year except during renovations, which generally take place from June through October. Shops and other venues are also open throughout the year but close for major holidays such as Commonwealth Day at the end of May and Independence Day on September 21.
When to Save
Specials are usually available during the off season (June through October), when businesses try to attract visitors and boost sales. Specials are often posted on BelizeSpecials.com.
When to Book
For most of the high season, make reservations up to six months in advance, especially at popular hotels. For travel in December and January, make reservations up to a year in advance, particularly on the island of Ambergris Caye.
During the off season, rooms are usually readily available and can be booked about a month in advance, although you can book at the last minute.
Information provided by the Belize Tourism Board.