Belize recently opened for leisurely travel on October 1, which sounds appealing. That is, until you Google “October in Belize” and see the warnings about rain that could potentially dampen your visit. Pun intended. After all, October (and into November) is still the Atlantic Hurricane Season. So what is visiting Belize during the month of October (and even November) actually like? No, the “worst time to visit Belize” does not equal a terrible trip. Sure, it may rain a few days but there’s hidden perks to traveling in a traditionally seasonal time most would avoid. If you’re thinking of a last-minute Belize trip before a true winter sets in, here’s what to know!
Yes. In Belize, there are two defined seasons: the rainy, and the dry. The dry season spans from December 1 to May 31, while the rainy season is June 1 to November 30. But, you’ve got to remember that you are in the tropics. It may rain during the dry season, and can be dry during the rainy season. That said, the highest risk for hurricanes and tropical storms in Belize is in September and October. After all, Belize’s rainy season coincides with the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Although, thankfully, Belize has lucked out to be hit less frequently than neighboring Caribbean islands and even Florida, thanks to its geographical position. However, no man controls nature. Although it is already recommended to do so during the pandemic, invest in travel insurance for protection against any possible trip disruptions.
It’s the rainy season in Belize, so pack accordingly. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you need to be boarded up indoors the entire trip. Enjoy Belize — rain or shine — with some of the following must-pack items:
Waterproof shoes: Bring your hiking boots if you must, but how often are you truly going to be using them while in Belize? Though comfortable shoes is always recommended, find something that can double for waterproof, whether its a sandal, boot, or tennis.
Waterproof backpack: You’ll likely by spending most of your vacation exploring. Why wouldn’t you? Belize has plenty to see in a day. Grab a waterproof backpack or dry-sack, which is especially handy for marine adventures. Even if its not raining while you’re on the boat, you’ll be wet when you get back in—or there’ll be waves on the way out.
Rain jacket. Find something lightweight for hot weather that isn’t too bulky—rainy does not equal cold. If an unexpected shower catches you on the road, you’ll want something you can grab quickly from your daypack, which means it needs to pack down compact enough to fit. Similarly, you can also pack a lightweight travel umbrella.
Bug spray. Mosquitos love still water, which settles when it rains. Don’t be surprised if there’s more mosquitos around this time of year, which is nothing a little bug spray can’t fix. Pack your own or pick one up while in Belize. If you do get irritated from bug bites, you’ll love some of the natural anti-itch soothing options every grocery store, gas station, or gift shop stocks.
Well, besides Belize’s conch season that is! Although the country reopened tourism on the 1st of the month, not all hotels opened simultaneously. Not to mention, any accommodation that does open for international guests must have both a seal of approval for Gold Standard certification, and approved for Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor. The following resorts are open and accepting guests this October:
Not to mention, Splash Dive Center and XSite Belize Sailing are both Gold Standard certified Tour Operators ready for your next Belize adventure. October is also traditionally a slower tourist season in Belize, which means you’re likely to get a better rate. So while October may be rainy in Belize, there’s also lots of availability in hotels, fewer tourists, cheaper prices, and yup, fresh conch. Find a full list of Belize resorts ready to accept international guests here.
Header photo by Ranguana Caye, a Muy’Ono Resort.