Belize in December
December might herald cold winds and snow across North America, but it’s a month of long, sunny days and warm temperatures perfect for snorkeling, swimming, sailing, and hiking in Belize.
With all of the top airlines, including Delta, United, American, and Southwest, offering non-stop service from the United States, it’s now easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy an exotic getaway vacation in Belize. Whether you’re an adventure traveler, want to celebrate your honeymoon, or simply looking for a fun family vacation, Belize has something for everyone.
Top Things to See and Do in Belize in December
Here are just a few of the exciting things to see and enjoy in Belize during December.
Scuba Dive or Snorkel the Barrier Reef
With more than 200 miles of island coasts, coral atolls, and reef that are home to thousands of colorful species of marine fauna and flora,, the Belize Barrier Reef is a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Visit a Maya Temple Site
Belize was once the heartland of the ancient Maya civilization. Today, visitors can explore excavated sites like Altun Ha, Xunantunich, and Caracol.
Explore the Belize Caves
Thanks to its natural geology, Belize has thousands of caves. Some of the most spectacular include Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, once used by Maya priests to perform human sacrifices.
Go Birdwatching and Hiking in the Jungle
See hundreds of migratory and local avian species as you explore one of the main rainforests, broadleaf forests, and jungles in Belize.
Lighted Boat Parade
In Ambergris Caye, a flotilla of boats parade from the north part of the island past San Pedro on the first Saturday of December.
Christmas in Dangriga
On Christmas afternoon, the Garifuna community perform their traditional Joncunu dance. Later in the day, the Grand Ball is held featuring traditional dances like the Foxtrot, Quadrille, Waltz, and other formal ballroom dances.
Beginning on December 16, Catholic communities in Belize parade the statues of Mary and Joseph through town in a re-creation of the Biblical search for room at the inn.
The modern Maya perform an ancient traditional ceremony known as the Deer Dance on Christmas where 24 dancers in a variety of masks re-enact a classic story.
Weather in Belize in December
Expect lots of sunshine and balmy temperatures with daytime highs averaging around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C) and lows around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (23C).
With plenty of old-fashioned holiday cheer, bright sunshine, and lovely temperatures, it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to enjoy a fabulous December vacation in Belize.