Spring may have just sprung, but it’s never too late to start planning your dream summer getaway. In Belize, the season is teeming with sundrenched beaches, lush rainforests, and a treasure trove of adventure. The latter can easily be found any which way you turn, converting an ordinary vacation into a wildly civilized one. While it can be argued Belize feels like summer year-round, June and July are months that hold the epitome of a summer vibe. If you’re already planning your ultimate summer vacation, here’s why Belize is your tropical best bet.
Fewer Crowds During The Summer In Belize
Belize is often sought out by snowbirds, which means the country’s busiest seasons are from December to early March. This leaves the entirety of summer for the taking. Belize’s 400-plus cayes, thousands of acres of rainforest, and popular attractions are all at your disposal – sans crowds. Imagine a selfie at Xunantunich without a single person walking into your shot. Or having one-on-one time with the docile nurse sharks at the wildly famous Shark Ray Alley. Each experience is heightened to a new degree, your vacation taking on a level of intimacy you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
True Summer Weather
Being located in the tropics allows Belize to hold that summery vibe throughout the year. However, summertime in Belize boasts a perfect balance in weather. The highs range between the 80s and 90s, creating ideal pool-day scenarios all season long. In the nighttime, you can expect temperatures to drop to the 70s, and in the jungles, even lower. An occasional scattered shower may make its appearance, though it’s welcomed as a reprieve from the tropical sun.
Longer Days In The Summer
We all know summertime signals the official farewell of any lingering winter blues. And while Belize may not experience Daylight Saving Time, it still enjoys the benefits of longer days. Where the sun sets as early as 5:30 p.m. in December, in the peak of summer the orange-hued sun dips beneath the horizon as late as 7 p.m. This allows for a more action-packed itinerary leading to no precious moment wasted. Your trip ends up being longer so you can soak in as much of Belize as possible.
Another aspect that puts Belize leagues above other summer destinations is the fact that it’s a short flight away from most U.S. airport hubs. You needn’t jet off to the Maldives to enjoy crystalline blue waters or far-flung Costa Rica to explore dew-speckled jungles. It’s all here, jam-packed in a tiny Central American country the max four hours away from the furthest U.S. airport. Many U.S. cities don’t even require a layover, meaning you can board your plane early in the morning and be sipping on Lizard Juice at Caye Caulker in the evening.
Summer Food Festivals
A major draw for travelers in general, Belize’s food festivals are unrivaled in the region. Headlining in late June and early July are the highly attended Lobster Festivals. This food festival showcases not only the delicious seafood Belize’s beach destinations are known for but the talent with which local chefs use to create scrumptious dishes. You can opt to attend a Lobster Fest either in sunny San Pedro, ex-pat haven Placencia or laid-back Caye Caulker. Regardless of which you pick, your palate is bound to be introduced to a deluge of savory sensations.
Whale Shark Migration During The Summer
Is swimming alongside the gentle sea giants a permanent fixture on your bucket list? Get ready to scratch it off in Belize where whale sharks appear for feeding from April to June. These massive sea creatures are a marvel to behold up close, yet they pose no immediate danger to humans. The elusive whale sharks are known to visit Belize’s Gladden Spit Marine Reserve near the full moon in June. When detailing your summer itinerary, keep in mind the dates near the full moon so you can plan a whale shark spotting accordingly. Or if you’d like to increase your once-in-a-lifetime chance of gazing upon the spotted giant, don’t be afraid to book multiple diving or snorkeling trips throughout these months.
Incredible Birding In Belize
Belize has long been considered a bird haven. Chaa Creek’s nature reserve alone is home to more than 350 species of resident and migratory birds. The summer months are a great excuse to spot visiting birds from South America. Still, bird watching can be enjoyed almost anywhere in Belize and at any moment. For instance, during your Chaa Creek Birding experience, expect to hear the familiar croak of a Keel-Billed Toucan. Or perhaps you’ll recognize the gentle “hoot-hoot” of a Lesson’s Motmot. Keep your binoculars at the ready and your Merlin app on hand for quick identification while on your morning walk.
Summer Travel Offers
Arguably one of the best perks of traveling to Belize in the summer is the myriad travel offers you’ll come across. With the summer months being part of the petite country’s low season, hotels offer special rates during this time. At Chaa Creek, if you book a three-night stay arriving between now and the end of July, you’ll get one night free. This way you can enjoy the award-winning resort’s various on-site amenities to the fullest. Get to know Belize on a deeper level at the Natural History Center, or visit the vibrant Blue Morpho Butterflies at the Butterfly Farm. If you’d like it to truly feel like summer, splash around in the resort’s eco-friendly infinity pool while nursing a tropical cocktail.
In the end, it’s almost absurd not to book a Belize summer getaway. With these perks – and a whole lot more – your vacation experience will trump all others. To help you get started, email us today or call us TOLL-FREE at +1-877-709-8708 for more information!