In the Caribbean, the “high season” for travel spans the months of December to May, and with the region seeing record numbers of visitors in recent years, the thought of vacationing there during that time may be offputting if you’re averse to crowds. Still, there are plenty of good reasons to consider high-season travel – more flights being available, for example. Even better though, is that traveling during the peak season doesn’t necessarily have to equate to encountering loads of eager tourists. Here are two ways to enjoy high season travel in the Caribbean, even if you don’t like crowds.
Opt for a Boutique Resort
When it comes to avoiding fighting for a space by the pool or finding that perfect spot on the beach, resort size matters says travel experts. According to one travel writer, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, travelers are more likely to get a more personalized (and secluded) experience when they book with smaller resorts. Luckily, Belize is the land of boutique resorts, with little to no mega resort developments.
Where to go: Despite being Belize’s number one travel destination, the island of Ambergris Caye still offers those hoping to ditch the high-season crowds small pockets of respite. Head to the far northern side of the island where resorts like the adults-only Matachica offer idyllic tranquility.
No matter where you are, far-flung destinations (whether in the rainforest or on a distant private island) usually allow travelers to escape the crowds with ease.
Where to go: Escape to Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge – an expansive forest reserve whose landscapes are as unique (compared to the rest of the country) as they are beautiful. There, it doesn’t get much more secluded than at Hidden Valley Wilderness Lodge, an eco-luxury property boasting everything from quiet hiking trails to secret pools and rushing waterfalls.