The First Day of Fall on Ambergris Caye: Not Really…

Belize definitely has seasons – winter, summer, rainier season, dry season, busy season, slower season – but autumn? The classic autumn of red, orange, and yellow, sweaters and scarves, shorter days, and a nip in the air… it’s just not a thing in Belize.

Incredibly still and clear water in San Pedro Belize in the Fall
The view from my neighbor’s dock, 8 miles north San Pedro

We are too close to the equator, summer temperatures are not abating at all. I find September to be the hottest month of the year – let’s use the word scorching. puts it in terms that make sense to me.

37C = 99F and then add another 15 degrees if you are in the sun
Some shade in downtown San Pedro
Finding some shade by the Holiday Hotel in downtown San Pedro

In San Pedro, things have slowed down considerably. (Though – big shout out to my friends at the San Pedro Post Office who assure me that things are busier than ever)

September celebrations ended with a BANG on September 21st – a HHHHUUUUUGEEEE jam-packed concert from the night before ended in the wee hours of the morning

…followed by a street march called J’Ouvert to welcome the dawn of Independence Day – September 21st…

Jouvert march in San Pedro
The Jouvert Street March in San Pedro – photo by the SPTC

And then the amazing parade through San Pedro. (See all the 2023 Pics!)

His wife in full costume
Mrs. Kevin looked AMAZING!

Yesterday, I acknowledged the official start of fall at my favorite coffee spot – Lavish Habit. They do an amazing hot Pumpkin Spice Latte. (You can also get it iced!)

Lavish Habit on Front Street
The flags will be coming down soon

I then walked around to take some photos but MAN is it hot. And the hot latte? Delicious…but pushed me over my acceptable heat index. Happy Fall everyone.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte in all her glory

You can see how still things are. A few quick pics and I went to search for some shade.

Smart kids…

Kids swimming at Central Park
Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop
View from Estels
VIew of the water in front of Central Park
Belize views

If you are thinking of visiting in October – there are LOTS of great reasons including Halloween, A SOLAR ECLIPSE, conch season and great prices.

You can check my 11 best seasons to visit in October here.

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  1. Emily on September 24th, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    I looooved October there, but September was indeed on the overly toasty side. I think April/May were even hotter, with stronger sun, but I could easily be wrong about that. Maybe they just felt hotter after “winter cool”! Soon October and beyond will be there, and you’ll be feeling a bit of relief. Lovely photos!

  2. SanPedroScoop on September 25th, 2023 at 9:20 am

    The hottest day of my life was Belmopan in May. The sun is CRAZY strong then for sure…but the wind can also be pretty strong.

    The wind is gone right now and woof. But you are right…potato potatoe 🙂

  3. Betty Jo McDonald on September 25th, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    We are coming back December 23. We can’t wait! Gram ma, daughter and 14 year old grandson.

    • Bridget McCormick on September 26th, 2023 at 6:49 am

      Thanks for sharing. It’s great to hear first hand what the temperature is like in the “fall months”

      We will be back in March can’t wait!

      • San Pedro Scoop on September 26th, 2023 at 4:17 pm

        March weather is PERFECTION! That I know for sure 🙂