Belize, and the wider global community, continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. If not cancelled, a vast majority of events and activities have been postponed to later in the year. As summer vacation remains a big question mark for much of the world, travellers are looking to the next season: fall. By visiting in the fall, guests can take advantage of Belize’s seasonal seafood, resort discounts, local festivities, and more. If you’re dreaming about your next Belize vacation, here’s a few reasons why Belize’s off-season in the fall could be right for you.
In the hospitality industry, fall is considered the off-season in Belize. This also means that booking your vacation during this time means discounts of several hundred dollars. Additionally, these travel thrifts applies for various guided tours as the demand is not as high. During fall, you can find plenty of thrifty travel deals in Belize.
#2 The Absence of Crowds
With many people heading back to school or work, fall is an ideal time to see everything popular that Belize has to offer. Less visitors in the fall means you’ll likely find less crowds at a bar, restaurant, or Belize’s night life. Plus, if you want to explore a jungle waterfall or stroll along the beach, chances are your company will likely be whoever you bring.
#3: Seasonal Seafood
Belize’s commercial fisheries directly benefit more than 15,000 Belizean fishermen everyday. For these men and women, fishing is not just a way of life, it’s their lifeblood. And as such, seafood is a diet staple in Belize. Many Belizeans patiently await the seasonal opening of two fisheries: the Queen Conch and Spiny Lobster. Nothing beats that succulent, fresh-out-the-sea taste! Notably, the Queen Conch season reopens annually in October, offering plenty of opportunities to feast on this delicately-sweet Caribbean delicacy. Additionally, Spiny Lobster is also available during early fall.
While the fall season covers September to December, these are some great months to celebrate some of Belize’s favourite festivals. In September, an explosion of colours and embodied freedom goes on full display with two carnivals for Belize’s Independence Day. In early September, Belize City’s Road March pumps jovial smiles and musical bass through the old capital. On Independence Day, Belizeans head north to spend the national holiday, September 21, dancing in the streets for Orange Walk Carnival. Planning to visit Belize in the fall? Consider September to celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye, the Belize Birding Festival in October, or Garifuna Settlement Day in November.