Are There Seasons in San Pedro Belize?

People who visit me or look at my pictures often ask me if I miss seasons or more specifically, do I miss winter in New York/New Jersey.  Ummmm…snow?  ice?  sleet?  eternal darkness?  No, not one bit. 
Plus, there are distinct seasons in San Pedro.  Very distinct seasons.  It just took me a few years to really realize it.
Let’s start with the current time of year.
Hurricane Season/Rainy Season:  Technically June 1 to the end of November, the season doesn’t really get rolling until the end of August.  There are exceptions but they tend to be rare.   We had a serious and surprise tropical storm two years ago on June 1st.  (Picture below). 
Don’t get me wrong, the weather is generally much nicer than weather anywhere else (and tropical storms tend to give many days of advance notice)…I mean…look at this picture yesterday below.    It was a gorgeous day, and the moon was up over the reef at 2pm.  Not sure why…but this time of year, it seems to happen.  And it is beautiful.
So, during this season, it is generally hot.  HOT.  And there is less of a breeze.   It can be rainy but your chances of sun are just as good.  The town is almost void of most tourists…so if you are thinking of visiting…DO!   You get great deals, you get to know the locals, some businesses are closed but most are not and I can promise you, it will be warm.

Winter:   A nice dry breeze tends to blow day and night.  The humidity is lower and the sun shines just about every single day (99/100).  And it will be in the mid 70s to mid 80s all day long.  In the evening, you will want a light jacket or long sleeved shirt.  The weather is just about perfect.   It can get VERY CHILLY a few nights in December or January when a serious cold front gets all the way down here.  Low 60s doesn’t sound cold to you…but with a chilly sea breeze and sitting on a fast moving golf cart, it can feel it.  There have been nights when I am wearing long pajama pants, a sweat shirt, socks and am rolled in my sheets and a real blanket and freezing.  I kid you not.

Belizeans take it even more seriously…take a look at this picture of my friend Kevin two Xmas’ ago.  (It was probably in the low 70s and he is wearing a wool winter hat).

This is the “busy season”.  And the town is hopping.  It’s a great time to visit.

Easter Winds:  The end of March to May brings the “Easter Winds”.  The weather is just starting to get truely hot and it can be SERIOUSLY breezy.  Like sand in every pore breezy.  It is not every day but it is definitely windier than normal.  Great if you love sailing or kite surfing.

Easter weekend is also a very busy time here.  It’s a giant party weekend for Belizeans and the island is packed.

Summer:  This season brings the real heat.  June, July and August tend to be HOT (high 80s to low 90s) but still, there is a breeze most days.  It’s also much more humid.  Curly haired girls, get ready to be frustrated.  It also starts to rain a bit, but generally it is passing or at night.  My friend was just here for 7 weeks and I think we had 3 or 4 days of rainy weather.

Bottom line?  The weather here is generally great.  There is no time of year that you shouldn’t visit.  There are upside and of course downsides, to every season.  Sure…if you buy a $300 ticket to Belize in October, there is some chance of rainy weather.  But who cares…grab a Belikin at Crazy Canucks…you’ll be fine.

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  • I especially enjoyed the picture of your friend Kevin. haha

  • Me

    Ridiculous. But I was also wearing a coat. I shouldn’t poke fun…

  • This year it was so hot here in the summer (Texas) that I told my husband I was going to start spending the summer in Belize too, and not just the winter! Seriously, it was 100+ for 60 days with the exception of 3 days during that time.

  • Me

    Catdance, I think even the east coast saw weather MUCH hotter than we ever see down here. But 60 days over 100? UGH! Misery. And I like the heat.

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