Paradise is just a word. But Belize convinces your senses that it’s a reality. As soon as you arrive your walking pace slows and you have nowhere you need to be. Every picture you take of the turquoise water looks like a postcard. Just as the mid-afternoon sun intensifies, a light breeze stirs up. Even a fleeting summer rainstorm seems beautiful as you sit down to enjoy your freshly-caught snapper, the clouds breaking just in time to reveal one of the most colorful sunsets you’ll ever see.
Belize is a subtropical paradise with agreeable weather year-round. There’re plenty of incentives to travel to the Belize Cayes next time you seek seasonal respite. Just a short plane ride from snowy North America exists this small, friendly, English-speaking country with some of the best fishing and scuba opportunities in the world just off its coast. But the weather alone provides ample motivation to plan a Belize vacation.
Here are the top 5 reasons to love Belize weather year-round:
1. Ideal temperature
Belize’s mean annual temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s not mean at all, that’s nice. Comfortable temperatures make it easy to enjoy outdoor activities: snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, bird watching. From late November to May, the weather in Belize is all clear skies and endless sunshine. No matter how you choose to fill your day, you can count on the weather being on your side.
2. Holidays in paradise
Bring your Christmas ornaments with you, you can put them on a palm tree. You’ll enjoy fine weather during your winter vacation in Belize, since Belize’s dry season runs from late November to May. Predominantly clear skies reign for a solid six months — that should be enough time to wash away your winter blues with sun-drenched holiday revelry.
3. Summering in Belize
Kickstart your summer by choosing to vacation in Belize for the month of May. The last month of the dry season is the perfect time to ditch April showers.
4. Rainy season relaxation
Don’t fret if you can’t get away until July. Even though Belize’s rainy season runs June to November, it is still far from a dreary London or gloomy Seattle kind of rainy season. In Belize, the summer months are more aptly described as “green season,” with an accountable afternoon shower that leaves everything glowing with life. After a day of adventure and sunshine, the afternoon rain is a perfect time to doze off in a hammock or curl up with a book to recharge for your next dive. Rainy weather allows us to relax, reflect, and recharge, and intensifies our fair-weather adventures by the contrast.
5. Traveling light
Temperatures in Belize don’t vary drastically; summertime averages only about 8 degrees warmer than winter. A wardrobe ranging from a swimsuit to a light jacket suffices to keep you comfortable in Belize any time of year. Keeping it to two carry-ons makes for anxiety-free travel, so take advantage of Belize’s obliging climate and even as you stroll through the airport you’ll feel as though you’re walking on sunshine.
Of course, we could never ignore that there is always the rare occurrence of a hurricane-bearing storm in the tropics, but according the storm archives of the National Hurricane Center , it is typical for a hurricane to head northwest before striking Belize. Your chances of experiencing a hurricane in Belize are much lower than they are in other warm destinations, including the Southeast United States.
Pack your bag full of comfortable summer favorites and hop on a plane to Belize, no matter the time of year, Belizeans are ready to welcome you to true tropical paradise.