Belize Weather

by tacogirl
Belize Weather

If you’re a globetrotter looking for the next country to explore or simply in need of a relaxing vacation, Belize would be it. Among its many charms and natural attractions, Belize weather is one thing that draws people to the tiny country. The Belize climate can be defined as sub-tropical, which boasts of an average temperature of 29°C/84°F annually. Belize owes its enviable tropical climate to its unique location (between 16° and 18° north latitude).

The Belize climate ranges between hot and humid, from May to September, to cool which is often between December and March. Thanks to the coastal sea breezes, the hottest and most humid months tend to seem cooler, while the colder months are quite comfortable. The temperature in Belize rarely falls below 16°C/60°F. Temperatures tend to range between 21°C/ 70°F and 32°C/90°F.

Belize Seasons:

Beyond rainy and dry, here is how many of us jokingly refer to our seasons.
Windswept – March to May
Rainy and Hurricane – June to November
Skeeter – August to October (thrown in there due to rain)
Brisk – December to February

Regardless of the seasons, the Belize climate is generally mild and comfortable, making it suitable year-round.

Best Time to Visit Belize

Many travelers would weigh-in that the best time to go to Belize is often during the dry season, between February and May.  Year-round visits have their benefits, especially if you are planning a move or want to take in specific events like the big San Pedro Lobsterfest Block party held annually in June.

The high season, with the most visits to Belize, is generally between December and January, therefore, accommodations are more expensive. If you are traveling on a budget, try and plan your trip in the low season. May and June are the perfect windows to travel cheap and experience a less crowded Belize. The only downside to visiting during this time is the rain, although generally, it tends to be short heavy bursts.

Current Ambergris Caye Weather Conditions

Since a large portion of travelers head to Ambergris Caye, here are the current island weather conditions (click on image for full forecast).

san pedro weather

Belize Weather by District

Corozal Weather 

The climate in Corozal is usually hot and dry. The temperature in Corozal varies very little throughout the year. It typically ranges from 20°C/68°F to 31°C/89°F.  Rainy season in Corozal is from May to November. The chance of rain on any given day is 33% higher than during the dry season but goes up to 57% towards the end of September.

Orange Walk Weather 

In Orange Walk, the temperature varies from 19°C/66°F to 33°C/91°F. The hottest period is from April to June with an average daily high temperature of 32°C/89°F.
The coldest time of the year is usually in mid-January, with an average low of 19°C/66°F and high of 28°C/82°F. Orange Walk is blessed with rain throughout the year. Most of the rain falls during late September, with the least rainfall in March.

San Pedro Weather 

The highest temperatures in San Pedro are usually between June to October with August being the hottest month with highs at 31°C/ 88°F with the overnight low only going down to 27°C/80°F.
The cool season lasts from December to March , with an average daily high temperature 28°C/82°F and a low of 22°C/72°F The coldest day of the year is usually in January with the day time high of 26°C/78°F and low at 21°C/70°F . The lowest temperature recorded in San Pedro was 16°C/61°F in January 2019. The wet season lasts from June to November. The chance of a wet day peaks at 50% in September. The dry season lasts 6.3 months, from December to May, with the least likelihood of rain in March.

Caye Caulker Weather

The highest temperature in Caye Caulker is 31°C/88°F which is usually in May. The lowest normally seen is 21°C/70°F in January. May to October are the warmest months but also the wettest, with only an average of 5-6 days without rain throughout those months. September typically has the most rainfall and April has the least.

Belmopan Weather

Belmopan’s warmest months are from March to June. They are hot and often cloudy; the winter months are clear. Over the course of the year, the temperatures typically vary from 18°C/65°F to 34°C/93°F but have been known to get down to 15°C/59°F or up to 36°C/98°F. January tends to have the coolest temperatures. The rainy season is from May to November, with a 28% higher chance of precipitation at some point during the day than in the dry season.

Dangriga Weather 

Dangriga has long hot summers (May to October) with temperatures ranging from 26°C/79°F to 31°C/88°F The yearly averages in Dangriga are from 21°C/70°F to 32°C/89°F
The cool season is from December to February, with an average daily high temperature of 28°C/82°F. The coldest day of the year is typically in January when it can dip a little lower than 21°C/70°F .
The wet season is from late May to January. The wettest month is September. The dry season is from February to early May with the driest month occurring in April.

Placencia Weather 

The annual average temperature in Placencia typically varies from 22°C/72°F to 31°C/88°F.
The hottest period is from May to October, with the daily high temperature of 30°C/86°F. The hottest day usually occurs in September. The cool season lasts from December to February. The daily high temperature average for this period is 27°C/81°F. Mid-January tends to bear the coldest day.
May to January is the rainy season In Placencia. The wettest month is September, which sees a 41% higher chance of rain than in the dry season. The driest month is April.

Punta Gorda Weather

Punta Gorda summers are short (from April to June). The average temperature typically varies from 20°C/69°F to 32°C/90°F but can dip below 17°C/64°F or rise above 34°C/94°F (which usually occurs in May) The cool season is from November to February, with an average daily high temperature below 83°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 69°F and high of 81°F.
The wettest months are May to December. September typically sees the most rain.
The driest month in Punta Gorda is March.

For more countrywide Belize Weather, visit the Belize National Meteorological Service website.

 

 

11 comments

Stephanie 25/10/2017 - 6:54 am

My husband and I are trying to plan a trip to San Pedro for our 10 year anniversary next year. We are looking at sometime around the last week of May. Is that a good time of year to visit? I don’t mind it being a little off season (less crowded), but I also don’t want to go when half the shops/restaurants are closed. Also, how is the weather normally around that time of year? We’re hoping it’s early enough in the season to not have too much rain.

Thanks so much for your great articles. They have been really helpful in trying to plan our trip!

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tacogirl 30/10/2017 - 7:48 pm

Thanks for reading my blog and congratulations on your upcoming milestone Stephanie. May is still okay for most places being open, and the weather is generally quite nice.

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Courtney 02/03/2017 - 12:56 pm

We have a trip planned for May however we have received warnings about the Sargasso in the water and on the beaches. In doing some research it looks like there was a big issue back in 2016 as well. what are your thoughts on the sargasso? Is it better to come a different time of year to avoid it?

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tacogirl 05/03/2017 - 9:43 am

Courtney Sargasso levels are heavier right now. Just like the weather it is impossible to predict it will be like in May. I really cannot tell you regarding picking a different time of year to avoid it. All I can say is personally Sargasso is something I would not change a date over if I was planning to go somewhere where it was an issue.

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Jim 09/01/2017 - 12:07 pm

Do you have any info on atm golf cart rental

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tacogirl 09/01/2017 - 12:39 pm

For ATM that is a full day tour and it is best done when staying on mainland. I do not know any companies that offer doing it starting from Ambergris Caye.

I emailed you info for 10% cart rental discount along with current food and shopping travel coupon codes.

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Cliff Cartwright 11/06/2015 - 8:45 pm

I am searching for a 1 bedroom/1bath house/apt w/ A/C, kitchen and close to the center of what’s happening. I need this for January 1st-April 30th, 2016.

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tacogirl 11/06/2015 - 9:21 pm

Just send me an email Cliff and I can put you in touch with property management companies – tacogirlbelize[at]gmail.com

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Richard Warden 02/03/2015 - 9:32 am

Dear Taco Girl,

I am retired by post polio from flying airplanes, sailing islands, scuba, tennis, etc. and find myself in a wheel chair. My wife and I want to explore moving to Belize from Beaufort, SC. Can you recommend any wheelchair accessible hotels or places for us to stay in while we look around for a place to live?

Your help would be greatly appreciated. I enjoyed your article in Moon’s Living Abroad in Belize about Laid-back living on Ambergris Caye.

Thank you,

Richard Warden

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tacogirl 11/06/2015 - 9:23 pm

Just send me an email Richard and I can put you in touch with property management companies – tacogirlbelize[at]gmail.com

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Laura Bobbitt 01/02/2015 - 3:50 pm

Hi Laurie, I have a TCB pin from Graceland for Tinker. Will be at Captain Morgan s from Tuesday to Sunday. Hope to be able to get it to her.

Laura

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Sun shower

by tacogirl
Sun shower

We had a lovely sun shower this morning. I stood on out patio and watched as rain pelted the pool and the sun shone brightly to the east. Over the lagoon there were darker clouds and the sky looked textured.

How exciting I just saw that  Emily337 [who is volunteering in Nicaragua] linked back to my Little Differences post on her resourcefulness and ingenuity post – funny timing as I am working on today’s La Vida Idealist post and when I went back to my notes earlier to start building my piece -  I had marked down about linking back to Emily337’s The Highs…and the Lows post from last week and how it related to what I was writing this week.

I have to say writing for La Vida Idealist has been a bit of a challenge in a good way. It has been interesting to have someone besides myself or occasionally Paul have a say on my writing before it goes to post – today I asked Mitch for her opinion along the way. Celeste the La Vida editor  has done a great job of giving her input and helping me to push myself a little bit further.

This week brought on a whole new challenge in addition to focusing on my writing. I had a file saved of pre-sized stock that Paul had done for me and each week I could draw from there but for some reason this week it is missing. Back to a bit more searching and working on my writing.

More rain this afternoon with gray skies and I am sure more rainy season puddles came with the showers. It was a good thing we tag teamed getting the clean towels inside before they got wet.

Was messing around on photofunia today and came up with the pic below. It was supposed to be animated and flip between 4 pages in the book but it did not seem to work – I liked the look so I decided to post it anyways.

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