How to Keep Cool When You Travel to Belize This Summer

by Khaila Gentle

Summer is here and it’s hotter than ever, with temperatures reaching the triple digits in some parts of the Caribbean. According to Travel Weekly, the region is in for hotter-than-normal weather this year thanks to the ongoing climate crisis. Having a strategy for beating the heat can go a long way in ensuring your vacation is still memorable and, most importantly, comfortable. With that in mind, here are some classic and creative ways to keep cool when you travel to Belize this summer.

1.  Waterfall and River Adventures

As a Caribbean destination, Belize is home to plenty of sandy beaches embracing the Caribbean Sea. You can, however, also find plenty of jade-green rivers winding their way through the country’s interior. On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats a fun and refreshing day at the river. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, seek out one of the many waterfalls that can be found in Belize’s Cayo district.

2. Indulge in Fresh Fruit

fresh produce fruits belize Hamanasi Hopkins

Continental Breakfast, Belizean style, at Hamanasi Resort.

Bite into a juicy ripe mango. Try some soursop. Or treat yourself to some sweet dragon fruit, also known locally as pitaya. While the hot summer months might lead to thoughts of pouring sweat and sweltering sun, in the Caribbean it’s also the period when a plethora of tropical fruits are in season. Make things extra refreshing with a fresh fruit smoothie or fruit juice for less than BZ $10.

3. Take a Dip in the Pool

Photo by Duarte Dellarole / Sunset Caribe

Of course, pool days are a timeless go-to when it comes to trying to keep cool in the summer. Take a dip at your favorite resort. The Caribeville resorts on the buzzing Ambergris Caye – Sunset Caribe and Grand Caribe – boast a whopping total of eight pools (two and six, respectively).

4. Enjoy Some Ceviche and an Ice Cold Beer

Admittedly, alcohol isn’t the best way to stay hydrated on a hot day. But hey, you’re on vacation. When it comes to food, nothing is quite as deliciously refreshing as a plate of ceviche. And nothing pairs quite as well with it as an ice-cold Belikin beer. Lily’s Treasure Chest in San Pedro Town is home to some of the best ceviche on the island of Ambergris Caye. And given that this popular restaurant sits beachfront, you’ll find no shortage of other creative ways to keep cool in the summer heat.

5. Cool Off With an Ice Cream (Or Gelato) Cone


Tutti Frutti Gelateria in Placencia Village. Image via BTB

Found inside Placencia Village, Tutti Frutti Gelateria is a local favorite. Take your pick from a handful of homemade gelato flavors and treat yourself to a scoop (or three). Not staying on the Placencia Peninsula? No worries! Belize has no shortage of ice cream shops including:

  • The Ice Cream Shoppe in Belize City and San Ignacio
  • Nice Cream in Hopkins Village
  • Chill Point in Placencia Village
  • The Truck Stop on Ambergris Caye
  • The Creamery on Caye Caulker
  • Frozen in Orange Walk

6.  Pack Smart and Dress Light

Be sure to pack light, loose clothing, especially those made with breathable materials like cotton. What you pack for your Caribbean vacation could make or break your trip, so make sure to be smart about it. A hat is a great way to avoid direct sunlight. And loose fabrics like sarongs are as great for keeping cool as they are for keeping dry after a brief dip in some water.

7. Go Caving

Probably one of the most creative and surprising suggestions for keeping cool this summer, exploring Belize’s countless cave systems is a sure way to beat the heat. That’s because most of the country’s caves are made of limestone. After trekking through the warm jungle, you’ll find yourself greeted by cool air wafting out of these underground wonders.

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