You don’t have to live on Earth very long to understand that everyone beyond the age of reason has opinions—and the holders of these opinions are rarely shy about expressing them these days, so it should come as no surprise that agreeing on the best time to visit Belize is a topic best solved by arm wrestling, debate and the occasional coin toss. Happily, there are multiple answers to the question, which makes for a delightful discourse. When was the last time you were engaged in a discussion that ended with multiple winners?
between late November and late April. One of the prime reasons this time is optimal has to do with inhospitable weather patterns throughout much of the U.K., U.S. and Canada. Escaping sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice just makes good sense for anyone in need of warmth, relaxation and beauty, and since high season is also dry season, you can explore and suntan to your heart’s content, without having to tote an umbrella. The average daytime temperature during high season is around 80 degrees F, and if you love to socialize, you’ll find the highest number of snowbirds, escapists and heat-seeking travelers hanging around Belize’s most popular cities and towns during this time of year.
which also happens to be the rainy season, between June and mid-November. It’s hurricane season in the Caribbean and if you’re the fearful sort, you might not want to take chances. But for risk-loving travelers, rewards await. Find cheaper flights, more reasonable lodging costs, special travel packages and less humanity strolling beaches, touring Mayan ruins and frequenting Belize nightlife. Besides, this is no Noah’s Ark situation: On some days, only a brief shower interrupts a traveler’s plans, and since you have to eat and sleep anyway, you can schedule those activities around periodic rain showers. Need specifics on rainfall? In northern Belize, the average annual rainfall tops out at only 50 inches, but you can expect three times that amount, 150 inches, in the south, so use these figures to decide where in Belize you wish to go.
particularly if your idea of a great time revolves around lots of partying and people. And if your prime objective is avoiding having to cook and clean for a herd of relatives, add that to your list of reasons to visit Belize during any holiday. Christmas and Easter are the biggest tourist seasons, which means prices can be higher, but if it’s worth your while to get away, you may not care. Here are a few national holidays that come with all the fun but not necessarily the crowds: St. George’s Caye Day (September 10th), Baron Bliss Day (March 9th), Commonwealth Day (May 24th) and Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. Looking for a longer excuse to holiday in Belize? The nation celebrates four days in a row over Easter.
Though nobody has made it official, Belize has become the ex-pat epicenter for Western Hemisphere retirees who prefer to avoid more crowded destinations like Costa Rica. Retires like the fact that Belize is relatively unpopulated, which may be why it attracts seniors who prefer to avoid crowds but love the idea of affordable living in year-round comfort. Retirement properties in Belize are affordable, varied and aren’t susceptible to seasonal fluctuations, so expect real estate prices to stay consistent and pick a time that’s convenient to fly down and check them out. Since Belize is the only English-speaking nation in Central America, not only will your realtor understand what you are looking for, but you’ll fit right in if English is your only language.
There is no comparison to neighboring countries in terms of amenities, services, beauty, hospitality and affordability, so brides and grooms are discovering this magical country when they browse wedding and travel magazines and chat with travel agents who are in on the secret. Get married within a lush, private garden, on a sugar-white beach or on a dock within a secluded resort that is big enough to house your guests, yet is small enough to retain the intimacy and privacy couples seek. Belize resorts have wedding planners on staff who are eager to help with every last detail, from handing tissues to the bride’s mother to helping the groom (with a little help from the bartender) avoid pre-wedding jitters!