In its essence, Belize caters to the adventure-seekers looking to get an up-close and personal experience with the Caribbean — and the time of year makes a difference. In August, visitors to Belize can benefit from “the little dry season”, shoulder-season pricing, and little to no crowds. There’s a respite from the afternoon showers, despite being a month inside Belize’s rainy season, which also makes it perfect to island-hop and hit the trails in Southern Belize for hikes. Here’s what visiting Belize in August is really like.
Belize’s rainy season runs from June through November, but August almost becomes its own mini-season after consistent dry spells. On average, temperatures peak around 84°F (28°C) thanks to offshore trade winds for a pleasantly humid late summer feel. Although August offers a bit more sun than June and July, you’ll still be visiting during Belize’s rainy season: always have a plan B if weather deters a tour for the day.
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Think of Belize’s mini dry season as a kind of shoulder season in which to travel. During this month, which is still technically part of the low season, hotels are less expensive and tours aren’t so packed. It’s easier to move around Belize’s islands, mainland, and coast without any crowds. August is ultimately a great time to enjoy Belize, and it seems to still be a bit of an insider secret.
Serendipitous isolation: time your moment right and you could have the beach in Placencia, Hopkins, Caye Caulker, or even Ambergris Caye all to yourselves. Privacy is the name of the game here, with nobody else in sight other than a few passing boats in the distance. Maximize that solitude with a diving trip, or simply snorkeling while island hopping, to the likes of the scenic Lighthouse Reef or untouched Glover’s Reef. Keep the famous Blue Hole on your list; the circular marine sinkhole that Jacques Cousteau himself christened one of the top 10 dive sites in the entire world.
And in the jungles—it’s just you and the wildlife. Besides wildlife being more active during the rainy season, the trails are empty. The drive from the City of Belmopan to the Stann Creek District on the Southeast edge of the country is one of the better ways on this planet to spend 90 minutes: something magical happens on the Hummingbird Highway. Here, you’ll find steep and rugged treks to hike on, although some, like Outlier and Victoria Peak Natural Monument, are closed until the dry season.
Then there’s the beloved Costa Maya Festival in Ambergris Caye, where locals flock for the long weekend. Bold and bright during the first weekend in August, the streets of San Pedro become filled with a cultural display of the Mundo Maya at the island’s most anticipated festival. Participants from all over Central America celebrate their shared heritage with music, parades, drinking, and dancing before crowning a festival queen: Miss Costa Maya. Stay on Ambergris Caye from a choice of hotels here.
Also on Ambergris Caye in mid-August, the annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament hosts casting competitions for landed tarpon, permit, and bonefish. Head out onto the waters, or watch the action unfold from Central Park with judging and fly-tying demonstrations held each day. Fishing is particularly great in August with good conditions at sea and sportfish abound.