A First-Timer’s Guide to Ambergris Caye in October

by Gisselle Hernandez

Belize is no longer a tucked away secret to adventure seekers, but the best times to visit still remain debated by many. We can argue that any time of the year in Belize provides thrilling experiences and relaxing downtime to those who crave it. What many people don’t know is that October time and again seems to be a strong contender for a variety of reasons.  If you’re visiting for the first time and worrying about your budget, the low season is often the most ideal time to visit. Luckily for you, October fits right in that timeframe and you’ll find yourself receiving arguably the best rates of the year. 

An aerial of Ambergris Caye by Tom Hines. In the forefront, you can see Grand Caribe Belize.

To make it even more compelling, you can find a spot that has all the activities that make a trip spectacular. A place made to be visited in October, providing all the fun activities you crave with a Halloween spectacle to boot. Ambergris Caye is a hotbed for memorable experiences and luxurious resorts. The small island off the coast of Belize is dreamy and equally exciting as it provides a range of activities. You can go snorkeling, diving, and kayaking all in one day. In the next, you can traverse inland, meeting friendly locals and exploring the caye’s gorgeous scenery. To make it easy for you, we have compiled a list of the best activities to do when you visit Ambergris Caye in October.

Spotting Special Marine Wildlife 


Would you jump in? Image via Kevin Quischan Photography

It really is no exaggeration when we say that snorkeling or diving must be at the top of any vacation itinerary in Belize. Even resorts offer many different excursions for this activity and each one is worth it. The Grand Caribe resort in Ambergris Caye offers an incredible range to choose from. From snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley to deep dive experiences in the breathtaking Blue Hole. Jump in calm clear waters and embrace the beauty of the many different species that call the Caribbean Sea their home. Choose the scuba diving experience and swim alongside sea turtles, eagle rays, and even the occasional reef shark. While exploring you can set the personal goal of discovering a conch shell as October is its open season. There are so many creatures and corals to come across that you’ll be staring in fascination the entire time. The time definitely passes way too quickly so make sure to savor the experience.

Observing the Birds of Ambergris Caye

blue heron water bird

Blue Heron in flight. Photo by William Foley on Unsplash

What makes birdwatching so special during October is that many birds start migrating in that month, so you’ll be able to see nature in action. A nature excursion is always welcomed in travel plans since you learn so much about the country and the animals it nurtures. You don’t have to trek far to catch the stunning winged creatures that Victoria House Resort & Spa discover in their bird-watching experience. A short, forty-minute boat trip leads you to a world of indigenous bird species inhabiting the leeward side of Ambergris Caye. 

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Spotted Sandpiper. Photo by Ryk Naves on Unsplash

Or, if you rather explore on a solo quest, bring along your trusty binoculars and embark on a route discovering the many birds that populate the island. On the northern shoreside you can spot Snowy Egrets, Yellow Warblers, and Sandpipers. Should you decide to traverse inland, keep an eye out for Blue Herons, Reddish Egrets, and White Ibises. 

Celebrating Halloween in Ambergris Caye

Image via Wandrly Magazine

Top off the trip with an Ambergris Caye special, its renowned Halloween celebrations. The island celebrates the event like no other place in Belize. To start off the excitement with some cuteness, the SAGA Humane Society hosts its Annual Spooktacular, featuring many of our furry friends in adorable costumes.

The event has lots of games and snacks to enjoy while you coo and smile at the funny sight of dogs and cats in spooky outfits. If nightlife is where you’re at, many bars hold costume competitions and giveaways so make sure to attend with your freakiest outfit. Compete for impressive prizes and even some nice drinks! October is a month full of activities in Ambergris Caye, so you can’t miss out on the festivities. 

Plan a trip in October and experience all the island has to offer with its engaging activities and Halloween revelry. You can relax at a magnificent resort and quench your wanderlust for nature when you pick Ambergris Caye as your destination spot.

Header image via Grand Caribe Belize.

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