While there is no bad time to visit Belize, fall is here and it’s the perfect time to pack your bags and head down to this tropical paradise for some fun in the sun or adventure in the jungle. You might be wavering on this time of year since it’s smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, but thankfully Belize gets bypassed by many of the worst storms.
Wondering why fall is ideal in Belize? Here are five reasons to book your Belize vacation right now.
Fall is creeping in on shoulder season and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of low season hotel rates and the opportunity to snag some incredible package deals. Hotels and resorts typically have ample availability during this time of year and many times offer vacation packages that will save you hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars.
Given that it’s low season, those looking for a complete escape will prefer visiting Belize in the fall. Especially at popular spots like Ambergris Caye, tourism is definitely slower this time of year. This means quieter pools, more private tours, and less crowded bars and restaurants. Belize is not like popular party destinations such as Cancun, but there is something extremely charming about the country during slow season.
One of the biggest charms of Belize is its people. The country is known for its friendly nature and when you visit during slow season, you get a more authentic cultural experience. Visit a traditional Mayan home on the mainland, hang out with the local food vendors on the cayes, or ask additional questions of your local tour guide who likely has some impressive stories to share. It’s not uncommon to find yourself hanging out with locals after a couple days in Belize. Pay attention as Belizeans are very proud and love to show off their culture and food to visitors.
Mid-October is the ideal time of year to sample the best in Belizean seafood. Lobster comes back into season mid-June and conch in October. Belize is very strict about honoring the official seasons and anyone found selling and consuming lobster and conch out of season will be fined. The lobster found in Belize is sweet and succulent and is utilized in a variety of dishes – everything from lobster ceviche to stewed lobster made with a variety of local seasonings. Have you ever tried conch? Conch fritters, conch soup, and conch ceviche are “must try” dishes in Belize.
Ironically, slow season sees some of Belize’s biggest celebrations. September is the key month with “September Celebration” parties taking place a good chunk of the month. These events commemorate two major holidays – the Battle of St. George’s Caye and Belize Independence Day. Look for parties, concerts, parades, and even beauty pageants, especially in spots like Belize City, Ambergris Caye and Orange Walk.
Are you ready to take a fall vacation to Belize?
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Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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