Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel to Belize

by Khaila Gentle
There’s no better time to travel to the Caribbean than now, says Luxury Travel Magazine, and here at Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle, we’re inclined to agree.

While most northerners flock to the warm and sunny Caribbean to escape harsh winter months, spring and summer in the region have their own allure, especially right now. As tourism in the Caribbean continues to rebound faster than most other places in the world, research shows that more and more travelers are visiting in what’s usually known as the low-season. One report from travel data firm Forward Keys reveals that booked flights to the Caribbean for June through August 2023 are 48% higher than they were for that same period in 2019. It’s the era of summer travel, and sunny destinations like Belize are beckoning.

Summer Savings Await

Photo courtesy Matachica Resort & Spa, Ambergris Caye

Get to travel longer for less when you book a spring or summer stay in the Caribbean. After all the winter birds have made their return north, hotels and resorts usually offer lower rates. Take advantage of shoulder season and off season prices and get to enjoy endless sunny days as an added bonus. For example, check out these nightly rates for adults-only beachfront resort Matachica on Ambergris Caye in August versus February.

 

Combine that with cheaper flights to Belize thanks to carriers like Alaska Airlines, and you’ll be basking in Caribbean sun, sand, and sea in no time.

Similar: Why You Should be Planning (And Booking) Your Summer Travel Already

Escape the Crowds

Hoping to get away from it all? In that case, visiting the Caribbean during the summer might just surprise you. Sure, schools are out for summer break, and you might think that translates to more crowds. But compared to the holiday season, the months between June and September, and even October still see relatively few travelers.

Escape the Heat (No, Really)

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Escaping the heat in the tropics? Impossible!”, hear us out. While Caribbean summers do get pretty hot, the nearby ocean does a lot to make some months less hot than some U.S cities in the south.

That makes islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker (or any of Belize’s 400+ cayes) the goldilocks destination for a summer stay. Even more though, there’s no better way to cool off than with an ice cold drink or a dip in the sea.

Tip: If you want warm sunny weather with the lowest risk of rainy season storms, aim to travel in June. 

Meet (and Party with) the Locals

San Pedro Lobster Fest 2019. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

When the high season wanes, locals finally get the chance to let their hair down and be tourists in their own country. Plus, in Belize, summer season is also festival season. Think the annual lobster fests and the Belize International Music and Food Festival. (There’s even a festival dedicated to the Caribbean’s favorite fruit, mangos). From June to the end of September, Belizeans are also in the mood for summer. Go where the locals go and enjoy authentic experiences.

All photos courtesy Matachica Resort, Belize.

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