The subject of Fall season usually elicits thoughts of pumpkin picking, orange-hued leaves and wind chills. In Belize, while these are certainly not the case, the anticipation for Fall is high nonetheless. Our friends up north may be getting ready to unbox their winter wear from the attic, whereas in San Ignacio, trusty flip-flops don a pair of feet once more.
The Caribbean country is known to have only two seasons (wet and dry)– and only those who have endured the harshness of winter know what a privilege that is. Belizeans may take for granted their tropical climate, but can we blame them when such a paradisaical environment begets a carefree attitude?
Fall in Belize may not have pumpkins strewn all over people’s lawns or coat racks stationed at the entrance of restaurants, but visiting during this time is magical all the same. In fact, booking a trip during October and November promises its own set of perks that you’ll soon forget Starbucks has rolled out their seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte.
The Spoils of Shoulder Season
We all love a good balance for most things in life, and travel is no exception. When it comes to shoulder season, the benefits are too great to miss. The weather is ideal, with the scorching humidity taking its leave. Seasonal restaurants and attractions have opened their shutters, shuffling in the first trickling of snowbirds. Attractions are free of crowds, so you get the experience of having an entire Maya site all to yourself.
To take advantage of the latter, book a Xunantunich excursion with Chaa Creek’s Inland Expeditions and visit the site that’s only about 20 minutes away. There, you’ll embrace the solitude within such a sacred site, the reverence multiplying by ten-fold. Because there are less people during this season, your experience with the guides is bound to be on a deeper level, as well. The visit will feel more intimate, allowing for more one-on-one interaction with the knowledgeable guides.
Unmissable Travel Getaways
Who doesn’t love a great deal? Especially when it applies to ultra-luxe lodgings in the rainforests of Belize. Many resorts are offering exclusive offers for Fall season, with some ending right as the high season ramps up, so the earlier you book, the better.
If you’ve been thinking of trying out our very own award-winning resort that is Chaa Creek, now is a great time to check out the Last Minute 30% offer that is currently running. From now until November 14th, booking with our eco-luxury resort will provide an artistically appointed Cottage Collection room, guided tours, nature experiences and even breakfast! What better way to celebrate escaping the chill of Fall than falling into a Zen state using Chaa Creek’s premier amenities?
Seasonal Food & Activities
Belize may only have two seasons, but there are still seasonal foods and activities people wait all year for. Take conchs, for instance, a seafood delicacy often used in appetizers, like ceviche. The mollusk usually comes into season in the Fall and it’ll be a rare sight not to spot a visitor munching on the dish on island destinations.
Fall in Belize also brings about special events, like the cultural Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. This historic day commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize’s shores in 1802. A public and bank holiday, the day is honored decades later with cultural performances and delicious Garifuna food. The month of November also kicks off with a very special and sacred event that is commonly practiced throughout Latin America: the Day of the Dead. Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, these specific days – known as “Los Finados” in Belize – are set aside to honor passed loved ones. Families erect and decorate altars with food, candy and other offerings their loved ones would appreciate.
Another seasonal activity that attracts hundreds of eco-travelers every year is bird watching. Avid birders flock to Belize to witness target migratory birds in the flesh. The phenomenon is so widely recognized that every October Belize hosts an annual birding festival in San Ignacio. People from all over the world make their way to the Cayo town to indulge in all things birds. With the pandemic disrupting this year’s festival, birders can still partake by staying at an ecolodge and booking a birding experience with a knowledgeable naturalist guide, like Chaa Creek’s very own Miguel Choco, David Juarez, Emil Segura, or Meshack Eliah.
As you can see, Fall in Belize does not require a sudden significant change in weather for it to be exciting. In terms of weather, you can still experience a certain “chill,” but less akin to autumn and more along the lines of springtime. With the ever-present warmth of the sun and no leaf-change in sight (unless it’s broadleaf to rainforest), a vacation in Belize during this period will have you rebooking time and again.