Belize is officially classified as a subtropical country with weather not very different from what you might experience in central and southern Florida. Belize doesn’t have a “winter” in the traditional sense as temperatures never dip low enough for ice, snow, or freezing cold.
Due to its location, Belize only experiences two seasons throughout the year. The so-called “dry” season features lower amounts of precipitation along with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures from roughly the beginning of December to the end of May. The “green” season is a time for more abundant rainfall, although this usually comes in the form of early morning showers or quick downbursts in the afternoon that help cut the heat. June and the early part of July are when you can expect the most precipitation but around late July or early August, Belize experiences a “little dry” season with a respite from heavier rains. April and May are generally the driest months while June and September see the most rain.
Warm all year round, humidity in Belize is generally consistent at approximately 85%. Areas near the coast usually benefit from trade winds that slightly reduce humidity and see temperatures a few degrees cooler than points further inland. As Belize is much closer to the equator than the United States, fair-skinned visitors from points further north need to take precaution against sunburn and fatigue by using sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and drinking plenty of water.
The top visitor months in Belize run from mid-December to late March when abundant sunshine, low humidity, and warmer temperatures attract vacationers seeking to escape the cold, snow, and ice that comes with the winter season in higher latitudes. T-shirts and shorts are perfectly adequate clothing for most days, while nights might be chilly enough to require a jacket or sweater.
The water of the Caribbean Sea as well as inland rivers, lakes, and creeks is warm enough for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving all year round. Strong storms can occasionally strike the coast, and Belize has a comprehensive early warning system in place in case of one of these developing. Wind speeds can be higher during the green season, which can affect boat travel to the offshore islands and reef as well as underwater visibility for activities like scuba diving and snorkeling.
The average daily high/low temperatures by month in Belize are (in Fahrenheit):
To make the most of your time in Belize, it’s important to plan carefully. Abundant sunshine and warm temperatures can be a shock to visitors used to cooler conditions. Locals avoid performing strenuous physical activities during the noontime hours to avoid the hottest part of the day. Be sure to wear loose, comfortable, and light-colored clothing if you plan on exploring the interior of the country as a way to stay cool while remain protected against insects and contact with plants.
Where to stay in Belize
Located just a short drive from the international airport in Belize City, Black Orchid is a jungle resort that is conveniently situated near all of the top sites in the country, including Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, the Belize Zoo, the baboon sanctuary, the Maya ruins at Xunantunich, Lamanai, and Altun Ha as well as the sacred caves of Barton Creek and Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM),
The resort features villas, riverfront rooms, and luxury suites, all with their own bathroom, powerful air-conditioning, and a wide selection of international television channels. The on-site gourmet restaurant serves up delicious meals that can be enjoyed poolside or in a screened-in porch. For relaxing and pampering, there is a spa at the resort, and guests can also sip on cocktails mixed up at the resort’s fully stocked bar.
“The moment the plane touched down, I knew that I was in heaven. It might be officially winter on the calendar, but the temperatures in Belize are truly delightful. My family and I spent a wonderful vacation, visiting an ancient Maya city, feasting on fresh seafood, and going on a nature tour. We got back home relaxed, refreshed, and tanned. I definitely know where we’ll be going next winter!”
-Angela Sharon, Lexington, Kentucky