Doctors at the Mayo Clinic describe Seasonal Affective Disorder as being a debilitating condition that strikes when winters pass so slowly, it’s almost impossible to regain enough energy and joy to live life to the fullest. What do most sufferers do? Many wait out the weather as images of summer vacations dance in their heads.

What do savvy people do? They plan getaways in May, months before the official vacation season starts and that decision can literally uplift their spirits long before spring ends officially. May in Belize is a particularly wonderful choice because it’s shoulder season so you can literally give the cold shoulder to winter and enjoy the best of all worlds as high-priced winter rates melt faster than impromptu spring showers.

Because affordability is one of the biggest reasons northerners don’t vacation in the Caribbean in winter, many are surprised to learn about shoulder season, offering the best of all worlds to people eager to have the adventure of a lifetime before summer arrives. Resorts like Black Orchid are delighted to welcome travelers in May because with winter visitors gone, they get to pamper guests visiting in May.

Imagine not having to stand in line or wait extra days to get tour reservations to go cave tubing, bird watching, visit waterfalls, Maya ceremonial sites and dive Belize’s Great Barrier Reef! You can celebrate Mother’s Day in style at Black Orchid where the resort’s rainforest setting relaxes moms the moment they arrive at this tropical paradise.

Come in May and you’ll also be in town for seasonal events you won’t want to miss. From the Cashew Festival (where sampling cashew wine is mandatory) to the Chocolate Festival where all things cocoa-bean related will sweeten your visit, it’s the only time of year you can scuba dive with whale sharks. Winter blues? What winter blues?

Since Belize is just a few hours by air from North America and the resort is only 15 minutes from Belize’s airport, even traveling to Black Orchid Resort is a restful experience. Given shoulder season rates, you could upgrade your accommodation without crashing your budget.

The weather in May is warm (83-degrees F by day; 73-degrees F by night) and the people are warmer. There’s lots to do on resort grounds that range from taking a dip in the Black Orchid pool, dining at the onsite gourmet restaurant by the pool or on the patio, enjoying refreshing cocktails at the bar and simply strolling along the banks of the Belize River listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.

High-speed Internet connections are available, and staff is happy to host your visit in style. If you don’t return home in a cheery pre-winter mood, you’d better turn around and return. After all, there are 31 days in May and every one of them is extraordinary in Belize!

Questions about traveling to Belize in May? Send us an email or call 866-437-1301. We will love to help you plan your Belize vacation.