BELIZE TRAVEL GUIDE
Wild and alive with its lush Highlands, mysterious Mayas, magnificent marine life, and spectacular shorelines, Belize is a destination for the adventurous. You can canoe in the waters of the Macal, trek in the dense forests, and walk among the remains of the great Mayan civilisation or explore the second largest reef in the world.
If you’re the kind who loves to laze in peace and all this sounds like too much action, there are plenty of places tucked away in the highlands or located on the beachfront where you all you need to do is eat, sleep and enjoy the untamed beauty of Belize.
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BELIZE QUICK FACTS
Currency: Belizean dollar (BZD) / U.S. Dollar (USD) (Widely accepted)
Area: 22,966 km2
Population: 383 071 (2018)
Language: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Black Carib), Creole
Religion: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7%, Anglican 5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Mennonite 4%, Methodist 3.5%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), none 9.4%, other 14%
Electricity: 110/60Hz (North American plug)
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BELIZE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
9 March, National Heroes and Benefactors Day (formerly Baron Bliss Day)**
24 May, Commonwealth Day (Sovereign’s Day)**
10 September, National Day (St. George’s Caye Day) (1798)*
21 September, Independence Day (1981)*
12 October, Day of the Americas (Pan American Day)**
19 November, Garifuna Settlement Day (1823)*
26 December, Boxing Day*
* Observed on Monday if a holiday falls on Sunday.
** If the holiday falls on a Sunday or a Friday, the following Monday is observed as the bank and public holiday; if the holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, the preceding Monday is observed as the bank and public holiday.
Also, Semana Santa (Holy Week), especially Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday.
BELIZE WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Belize is characterised by a moist tropical climate with a seasonal variation slightly different than other Caribbean countries. Its wet season occurs during the months of May to October and its dry season occurs during the months of November to April. The mean annual temperature ranges from 23-27°C, providing some variation throughout the country, with the coast generally exhibiting hotter temperatures than the interior. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) heavily influences Belize’s climate, in addition to the intensification of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The El Niño phenomenon generally produces warmer conditions during the months of June to August, whereas La Niña produces wetter conditions typically associated with the tropical Atlantic cyclones. During the wet season, Belize usually receives mean monthly rainfall of 150-400 mm in the south of the country. The rest of the country receives less than 100 mm of rainfall per month, where precipitation is limited. Belize is prone to hurricane impacts since it lies in the direct path of the majority of Atlantic storms.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN BELIZE
The best time for outdoor activities in Belize is from November to May when the weather is dry and temperatures moderate.
BEACH OPTIONS IN BELIZE
The best time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Belize is from December to April when the weather is dry and temperatures moderate. May and November can also be pleasant, but from June to October it's hurricane season.
SURFING IN BELIZE
Belize is an excellent all year round surfing destination. The most consistent swell is usually from December to March. Long Caye out at Glover's Reef offers the best waves.
KITESURF IN BELIZE
A bit of a secret gem when it comes to kitesurfing, Belize has two main kite spots, on Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye. The only downside is that there is a lack of beach for launching so this often needs to be boat assisted. You can find some usable winds all year round, with the most consistent winds from November to May with the best time from January to April.
For more details on kite surfing in Belize expand this section!
HEALTH RISKS IN BELIZE
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.