Belize has a temperate climate with two seasons. The rainy season lasts from June to November with rainfall averaging 150cm in the north and 41cm in the south. The coastal regions average temperatures of 27 C, but it cools down much more in the hills with an average temperature of 21 C.
When to fly to Belize
Avoiding the rainy season is key with the local peak season stretching from November to May.
Many travellers avoid the rainy season between May and November. However, budget-conscious travellers will find that hotel and flight costs are significantly lower at this time with cheap flights to Belize easier to come by.
Getting around Belize
The easiest way to get around Belize is to use a rental car. Major rental companies all have a presence in Belize but remember that you can usually secure a better rate by booking in advance.
Local commuter airlines provide an alternative way to get around. Maya Island Air and Tropic Air are among the most popular domestic carriers.
Finally, many of the attractions throughout the country are also serviced by local bus services that are a common way to get around among the Belize locals.
Belize insider information
- One can’t go too far wrong by visiting the local zoo. The Belize Zoo in Belize City features much of the country’s wildlife with the likes of tapirs, pumas and howler monkeys all on display.
- Spend a day at Cay Caulker, an intimate coral island, featuring beautiful beaches and a local reef that are perfect for snorkelling and diving. Head for the Split, a narrow channel along the middle of the island where you can settle down for a spot of sunbathing or a picnic. Area tours also offer excursions to see dolphins, sting rays and sharks that call the local waters home.
- Divers will not want to miss the Blue Hole, an astounding setting that is more than 300 metres deep and features a cave network that is full of, barracuda, angel fish and sponges.
- Remnants of the Mayan culture can be found throughout Belize and more than a thousand sights are scattered throughout the country. The most striking though is Lamanai which can be reached from Belize City in about an hour.