October Doldrums aka Cloud Season aka Beautiful Weather on Ambergris Caye
I’ve been using my camera way more than usual this week. Not because there has been a momentous event or because there is a star in town but just that as I’m going about my normal day…running errands, walking the dogs, even doing laundry, I am STARTLED by how beautiful the sea looks and the sky looks…this is some PRETTY weather.
The view from Boca Del Rio Park.
A Facebook follower and LONG TIME island resident used the term: October Doldrums. And that is SPOT ON.
Doldrums: A state of inactivity or stagnation. Yes…but this alternative definition…
Doldrums: a popular nautical term that refers to the belt around the Earth near the equator where sailing ships sometimes get stuck on windless waters.
Central Park, San Pedro.
Where the ocean is at its hottest and the air is at its hottest and most humid and…it’s like all energy and breeze is just sucked…somewhere. It’s also the time of year when tropical waves and perhaps depressions can form in this area – right in the Western Caribbean rather than rolling off the Saharan coast.
It’s during these months, September, October and November, Belize really keeps her eye on the hurricane forecasts.
BUT…but…it also brings some STUNNING weather and crystal clear calm waters. In fact, the barrier reef which we can almost always see offshore, has been hardly a ripple these last few days. The water has been that calm. PERFECT for those who love SCUBA and beginners in the sport – calm…clear waters.
Here are my pictures from the last three days. You’ll be able to see why another Facebook follower calls it “Cloud season”.
Estels Dine by the Sea – probably the most popular breakfast joint in town.
The Palapa Bar.
And the view by Chuck and Robbie’s Dive shop…
And then, as I was driving home, I stopped for a few quick pictures at this spot…looking beautiful.