11 Reasons That YOU Should be in Belize in October

September celebrations are over.  Sigh.  And it is officially FALL – or so says the calendar.

September, October and November are typically the “low season” in Belize.  It’s hurricane season.  I understand.  Everyone is getting back to school, summer is over and it’s time to buckle down…

October on Ambergris Caye, Belize

It may seem like an odd time to travel but there are TONS of reasons to visit Ambergris Caye in the month of October.

1. HALLOWEEN.  You may be surprised to hear that the last weekend in October is the 2nd biggest party of the year in San Pedro (New Years Eve takes the prize).  Bars go ALL OUT with parties, prizes, red carpets…it’s huge!  There are costume parties for adults…

…and for pets.

Dog party at SAGA Halloween San Pedro Belize

If you love Halloween, warm weather and good times, make a point of coming to San Pedro at the end of October.

It’s a whole lot easier to rock your sexy nurse costume when the temperature is 85 degrees.

The BIG party at the Holiday Hotel (for humans) should be Saturday night, October 28th and the SAGA party for Pets…Sunday, October 29th.  You can actually back home by the 31st.  Putting your jacket on over your costume 🙁

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2. THE WEATHER.  Yes…it may rain at night and sometimes in the morning.  But it’s a heck of a lot warmer than it is where you are right now.

This past month has been sunny, sunny and hot hot hot.

There are also AMAZING sunsets in October.  I wrote a blog, two years ago October, about the gorgeous weather we were enjoying AND one about the amazing sunsets.

3. CONCH SEASON:  Conch season re-opens October 1st.  And it’s delicious.  Here’s my list of Where to Find The Best Ways to Eat Conch on Ambergris Caye.

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SOOO good.
 

4. PUMPKIN SPICE ISN’T REALLY A THING IN BELIZE…and MAPLE PECAN LATTE DEFINITELY ISN’T A THING  I used to adore Pumpkin Spice season in the US.  Isn’t that what autumn is now called?

Love the flavor but all the ads and products…it’s getting way old.

Yes, Halloween is big but the commercialization of Halloween and Thanksgiving just doesn’t exist here.  Belize is much more low-key.

But then again, if you have a craving, you can find just a bit.  Mmmmm….

pumpkin-spice-belize-chocolate

And if you are looking for great coffee – we have a bunch of places.  Like Lavish Habit and the new Flight Cafe (see below for both)

5. COOL BIRDS   As the weather is cooling off up north, many beautiful birds head for warmer climes.  The herons, egrets and other water birds are particularly stunning.

I’m a giant fan of the roseate spoonbill.  Each and every time I see one fly over…or one just rooting around in a puddle…I have to stop and take a picture.

6. AIRFARES ARE VERY REASONABLE and HOTELS at THEIR LOWEST   It gets no cheaper than this time of year.  Forget the big websites.  Email your fave hotel directly and ask for the “low season” prices.

hammock7. MANY SPOTS ARE OPEN.  A few restaurants and hotels close during this time, usually September or October for a few weeks to renovate.  It is a myth that ALL places are closed.  It’s just not true.

8. YOUR EXCURSIONS WON’T BE PACKED  Have you ever been snorkeling or diving or cave tubing and you are surrounded by people?  Like on a catamaran tour where you find yourself fighting for a little space at the front of the boat?

October is the perfect month to get a great deal and feel like each excursion was sent out JUST for you.

9. HANG OUT WITH THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE.  Everyone will be happy to see you.  Restaurants, bars, tour guides, everyone.  With fewer tourists, you will be welcomed with open arms.

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And in case you were wondering, you sports fanatics…

10. WE GET ALL THE US TV CHANNELS.  Fear not.  You will be able to find your football game at the local sports bar and fans there routing for your team.  The World Series will be on TV – there will even be CRAZED excitement if the Cubs win again.  You are not going to be watching anything in Spanish unless you want to.  (Read the “Strange Story of Why Belize is Full of Cubs Fans”)

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Lola’s Pub is a great one with a full range of sports channels.  And there are some new spots opening soon…how about football AND a sunset view?

11.  FAST INTERNET  The internet service in Belize has always been something to groan about – particularly if you are used to the convenience of the rest of the world.  BUT THAT HAS CHANGED – now on much of Ambergris Caye has service that ZINGs!

Barring any temporary power outages.

WE NOW HAVE INTERNET ON PAR WITH MUCH OF THE WORLD.  No…I am not having Alexa do my laundry or Siri schedule my day but frankly?  I’m good with that.

 

So…I’ll see you in October.  It’s coming SHOCKINGLY quickly.







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  • GreenerCleaner

    As we get ready to move to SP in November we are learning so much from your Blog. Thanks so much.

  • Me

    Thank you! I love to hear that kind of feedback. See you soon!