Why YOU Should Visit Belize in January

Why Belize in January?

If you are looking to get away from cold weather, Belize in January is perfect.  In fact, for sun, a light breeze and  slightly cooler nights (think high 70s F), the first few months in Belize are IDEAL.   January through April generally promises the best weather – and it also means the most visitors.  

Dock North Ambergris Caye

Here are few things you can expect if you visit Belize and more specifically Ambergris Caye in January.

For more specifics, check out 11 Things To Do On Your First Trip to Ambergris Caye

I took all pictures in this post in Belize in January.

Mahogany Bay Beach Club Belize in January

THE WEATHER:  The “rainy” season is coming to a quick end (generally Sept, October and Nov) and it took most of its bugs with it.  The weather is fantastic.  Warm and sunny during the day, warm at night, you are going to be glad you visited in January.  

Can I guarantee that every day you visit is perfection?  No.  But odds are on my side, ALMOST every one of them will be.  (I am typing with some sense of irony…it is pouring rain right now…but hey…it’s the tropics.  And not typical)

Belize in January

HIGH SEASON:  High season in Belize does not mean crowds.  If you are picturing Cancun in all of its frenzy, you are picturing TOTALLY wrong.

Beach by Estels

In Belize, it just means that lots of things are going on.  Bars and restaurants are in full swing.  Bands, karaoke, drumming events, festivals, Mayan buffets, casinos, people just lounging on tubes…there is something to do each day or night of the week (if that’s your thing).  Or if daytime adventures are more your bag…

Jewelry table beach San Pedro
For those that like country/folk music, Jerry Jeff Walker and/or his crew comes to Belize each year in January for Camp Belize.  While the tickets can be hard to get – pre-sold for months in advance – it means there is lots of additional live music happening on the island.

TRIPS and TOURS EVERY DAY:  If you have visited in the summer, you know the drill on excursions.  Most, like trips to the Blue Hole or zip lining on the mainland, only go if they have enough people to fill the boat.  Economically, it just doesn’t make sense to leave half full.  So, in the summer or the fall, you could be waiting a few days to take that sail to Caye Caulker or do that special dive at Turneffe.  But in January, it’s much easier to plan your schedule.  Trips are going out pretty much every day.   It’s a relatively full house.

For my 8 BIGGEST Adventures in Belize, See Here

Touching Jaguar Paw Belize Zoo

THE COOL BIRDS:

The fall migration brings hundreds of types of birds to Belize for the warmer weather.  There are certain areas of the country that are famous for birding watching like Crooked Tree on the mainland but you can see some beauties while driving your rental golf cart on Ambergris Caye.

Perhaps my favorite is the roseate spoonbill.

But seeing a wild parrot or a toucan on the mainland, a bright green parokeet or hummingbird on the cayes is pretty spectacular too.

Roseate Spoonbill

LOBSTER:  Lobster seasons starts in June in Belize in grand fashion – with three huge lobster festivals in San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia.  Not celebrated is the close of the season – on February 15th.  January is the last full month to have delicious BBQed lobster, lobster fritters, even lobster corn dogs.

Lobster on a BBQ Belize

THE WEATHER:  Okay…I said it before.  But it is EVERYTHING at this time of year.  Perfection, perfection, perfection both in and out of the water.

YOLO Trip in January

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13 thoughts on “Why YOU Should Visit Belize in January

  1. 2Franks

    All good to know.

    I arrive in Belize City on the 31st. Heading to the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich, and spending a day zip-lining and cave tubing.

    Then off to San Pedro.

    Inspired by a Delta seat sale!

  2. Me

    I love Xunantunich…and zip lining…and cave tubing. You’ve picked the exact three things to do that are awesome. Go Delta.

  3. Emily

    Fantastic post! You’ve certainly convinced me…too bad I’m already here. 🙂 By the way, since you are a prancer, better stay away from the pool at Mojito’s. Did you see rule #5 on their sign (see our Saga blog post)!? Tee-hee…

  4. Craig

    Thanks for the awesome blog. It is minus 36degress in Calgary Alberta Canada today with the windchill and I am flying to San Pedro tomorrow morning. Can’t wait!

  5. Darling Diva

    Alberta is in a DEEPFREEZE for the next week or so ….brrrrrrrrrrrr Lucky Craig 🙂 Bring back the heat with you.

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  7. Jamie Comer

    We are landing this Thursday the 21st for my big 5 0, any fun, unique or just simple recommendations for us? 😉 Thanks!

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