Belize In May: Chocolate Festival, Shoulder Season Deals and More

by Khaila Gentle

May in Belize means the winter crowds have finally dissipated, and with one month to go before the start of the rainy season, it’s a goldilocks period for visiting. Whether you’re a foodie hoping to enjoy seasonal eats or an intrepid traveler hoping to snag some of the best deals of the year, here’s a quick guide to visiting Belize in the month of May.

Belize In May: What to Expect 

Sunset over-the-water at Secret Beach, Belize. Image via Blue Bayou

In May, the weather in Belize, like much of the Caribbean, begins to heat up as the dry season peaks. Showers are few and far between, which, for those hoping to do some sightseeing or spelunking, is a good thing. May is also when the Caribbean sargassum season begins. And while the climate change-induced algae problem might be a bane in multiple ways, there are plenty of ways to still get your fill of sun, sand, and sea despite it. Ambergris Caye’s secret beach, for example, is guaranteed to be sargassum-free because of its location on the island’s western side.  Plus, in recent years, Belize and its regional neighbors have been coming up with innovative solutions for tackling sargassum blooms.

Beyond the weather, May in Belize is the perfect time for adventure travel. It’s also a great month for anyone hoping to get a unique taste of Belize. Plenty of fun and food festivals await.

Food and Festivals Galore

Mango, cashews, and even kinep (guinep): the month of May in Belize heralds the beginning of quite a few fruit seasons. Perhaps the most anticipated delicacy of all though, is one not normally associated with fruit. Cacao takes center stage in May with Belize’s annual Chocolate Festival promising a world of unique experiences: from a chocolate gala to a “cacao cup”. This year, the festival takes place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th in the Toledo District.

Meanwhile, the Belize River Valley will be coming alive this month with Cashew Fest. The two-day event takes place in Crooked Tree Village and begins on May 11th. It’s a grand display of all things cashew – beyond just the nut. Expect wines, jams, cakes, and of course plenty of springtime fun.

In May, Belize’s conch season is also still in full swing (while lobster remains closed until July). So, be sure to get your fill of conch fritters, conch ceviche, and other delicacies.

Shoulder Season Deals

Photo by ROEming Belize

May in Belize falls inside what’s known as the “shoulder season”. The lull in visitors means you can expect lower accommodation rates and perhaps even a flight deal here and there. Here are just a few shoulder season deals to take advantage of for your May travels. Act fast though, some of them are available for a limited time.

30% Off Your Stay With Muy’Ono Resorts 

Muy’Ono is hoping to “Sea You in Belize” this summer with their current shoulder season special. Get 30% off your stay when you book for travel between now and September. Learn more here. (Offer ends April 28th, 2024)

Spring into Savings With Sunset Caribe

Get 10% off your stay on Ambergris Caye with the modern and chic Sunset Caribe, found just two miles north of town. The offer applies to stays of 4 nights or more and is available from now until the end of May, 2024. Redeem Offer here.

A CCL Discount for Our Loyal Readers 

Explore the great outdoors of Belize for less at Hidden Valley Wilderness Lodge. Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle Readers get 10% off room rates at this luxurious eco-lodge found in the Mountain Pine Ridge area. Book here.

Featured photo courtesy of Ixcacao Maya Belizean Chocolate 

Related Articles