7 Reasons Fall in Belize Is the Cheapest, Easiest, and Best Time to Travel
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Just because the summer’s over doesn’t mean that you’ve lost your opportunity to vacation. Whether you’re looking to plan the first vacation of the year or double up to make up for time lost during the pandemic, the fall is the perfect time to vacation — and Belize is the perfect place to visit. Here are seven reasons why Belize should be your fall destination.
Belize is a relatively inexpensive destination, but most tourists visit in the winter, spring, or summer. That’s largely due to misconceptions about the rainy season, but it means that you can benefit from some great deals. That includes flights as well as hotels, tours, and even vacation packages.
Plenty of Fresh Culinary Options
Arriving in the fall puts you right in the middle of some of the best seasonal seafood. Lobster season begins in the June and runs well into the winter, while conch season actually opens in October. Nassau grouper is also available throughout the fall as well as West Indian top shell from the beginning of October through the end of the year.
Consistently Pristine Weather
The fall is also the rainy season for Belize, but it’s not nearly as wet as you’d expect. Rain tends to fall most days, but it happens primarily at night in the evening and takes the form of spurts of rainfall rather than chronic showers. Throughout the fall you can expect highs in the 80s, lows in the 70s, and rain every other day or less. In fact, the short showers can actually make the climate more pleasant.
A Refreshing Lack of Crowds
It can be hard to appreciate the majesty of nature when you’re just one of dozens of people gawking at the exact same thing. Coming in the off-season means you won’t have to battle it out with others to find secluded beauty, but it also means that you can better get to know the locals for who they are. The friendly attitudes and inviting nature of Belizeans doesn’t change just because it’s the off season.
A Wealth of Events and Festivals
The fall is the busiest season for major events and festivals — and September stands out in particular as the most serious stretch of revelry throughout the country. Independence Day falls on September 21, but it’s preceded by the celebration of the Battle of St. George’s Caye on September 10. As such, the celebrations tend to continue through the entire gap between them. In addition, Carnival is celebrated in many Belizean communities throughout the fall.
Adventures on the Open Waters
The rainy season generally doesn’t restrict your opportunities out on the water. That means that the world’s second largest barrier reef and the incredible Blue Hole are both at your disposal. There are dozens of official dive sites along the Belize coast and the islands surrounding it — and fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are all popular pastimes.
The Caribbean Sea is what draws most visitors in, but the interior is just as stunning — and it’s accessible even if you’re spending your time in Belize on an island. Horseback riding offers a cool way to see the jungles and explore the vast Maya ruins — but you’ll also find underground caves for tubing and miles upon miles of pristine nature.