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Weather & Climate in Belize

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Belize has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, although there is considerable variation in weather patterns depending on the region. Temperatures vary with altitude, proximity to the coast and the moderating effects of the northeastern Caribbean trade winds. Average temperatures in coastal areas range from 24°C (75.2°F) in January to 27°C (80.6°F) in July. Temperatures are slightly higher inland, except in the southern highlands, such as Mountain Pine Ridge, where it is much cooler throughout the year. Overall, the seasons are characterised more by differences in humidity and precipitation than by differences in temperature.

Average rainfall varies considerably, ranging from 1,350 mm in the north and west to more than 4,500 mm in the far south. Seasonal variation in rainfall is greatest in the northern and central regions of the country, where less than 100 mm of rain per month falls between January and April or May. The dry season is shorter in the south, usually lasting only from February to April. A shorter, less rainy period, known locally as the “little drought”, usually occurs in late July or August, after the rainy season has begun.

Hurricanes have played an important – and devastating – role in Belize’s history. In 1931, an unnamed hurricane destroyed more than two-thirds of the buildings in Belize City and killed more than 1,000 people. In 1955, Hurricane Janet devastated the northern city of Corozal. Just six years later, Hurricane Hattie hit the central coastal region of the country with winds of over 300 km/h and storm surges of 4 metres. The devastation of Belize City for the second time in thirty years led to the capital being moved some 50 miles inland to the planned city of Belmopan.

In 1978, Hurricane Greta caused over 25 million dollars worth of damage to the south coast. On 9 October 2001, Hurricane Iris made landfall in Monkey River Town as a Category 4 storm with 145 mph (233 km/h) winds. The storm destroyed most of the village’s houses and wiped out the banana crop. In 2007, Hurricane Dean, a Category 5, made landfall just 40 km north of the Belize-Mexico border. Dean caused extensive damage in northern Belize.

Hurricane Richard, a Category 2 hurricane, was the last hurricane to make direct landfall in Belize. It made landfall about 32 km south-southeast of Belize City at about 00:45 UTC on 25 October 2010. The storm moved inland towards Belmopan and caused an estimated Z$33.8 million (US$17.4 million in 2010) in damage, mainly to crops and homes.

How To Travel To Belize

By air Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (IATA: BZE) is located in Ladyville, northwest of Belize City (about a 30-minute drive). It receives direct international flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Newark, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Flores, San Salvador, Roatan and San Pedro Sula. By car From Mexico via Chetumal, or on a much...

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Destinations in Belize

Regions in Belize Northern BelizeThe Corozal (coastal) and Orange Walk (inland) districts.The Belize DistrictThis is where the largest city, airport and a number of popular offshore islands are locatedCayoThis central district is bursting with adventure and filled with jungle, caves, rivers, Mayan ruins and much more.Stann CreekCoastal area south of...

Traditions & Customs in Belize

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Money & Shopping in Belize

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Food & Drinks in Belize

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Things To Do in Belize

Tyrolean crossing Fly over the Belizean rainforest on a zip-line tour. These tours usually start with a short hike to the first base, where an instruction on the safe use of the equipment takes place. Prices range from $65 to $100 and the tours are organised by two companies, Jaguar Paw...

Festivals & Holidays in Belize

DateDayCompliance1 JanuaryNew Year's Day9 MarchBaron Bliss Day (oder National Heroes and Benefactors Day)MondayBaron Bliss DayFridayGood FridaySaturdayHoly SaturdaySundayEasterMondayEaster Monday1 MayLabour DayMondayLabour Day24 MayCommonwealth Day (or Sovereign's Day)MondayCommonwealth Day10 SeptemberSaint George's Caye Day (or National Day)21 SeptemberIndependence DayMondayIndependence DayMondayDay of the Americas12 OctoberAmerica Day (or Columbus Day)November 19Garifuna Settlement Day25 DecemberChristmas...

Language & Phrasebook in Belize

As a former British colony, the official language of Belize is Standard English with British spelling rules, which distinguishes Belize from its Spanish-speaking neighbours. Spanish, Garifuna (Carib) and the Mayan languages/dialects Kekchi, Mopan and Yucatec are spoken in different parts of the country. In the north and west of the...

Internet & Communications in Belize

Phone boxes are the most common public telephones and accept pre-purchased phone cards. Internet cafés exist in larger tourist areas, but are not common in rural areas. Previously, the government did not allow Skype and forced tourists to use their own public phone company to call out of the country. In...

Culture Of Belize

In Belizean folklore there are the legends of Lang Bobi Suzi, La Llorona, La Sucia, Luguchu Ellis, Tata Duende, Chatona, X'tabai, Anansi, and the Cadejo. Most holidays in Belize are traditional Commonwealth and Christian holidays, although some are specific to Belizean culture, such as Garifuna Settlement Day and Baron Bliss...

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Like the neighbouring regions of Guatemala and Mexico, this area was inhabited for thousands of years by the Mayan people. They are still here, an important part of the people and culture of Belize. Although the Spanish Empire claimed the area in the 16th century, the Spanish made little...

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Stay Safe in Belize Belize City is the most dangerous area in Belize, although it is very easy to be safe. Stay in the tourist area that stretches north of the marina to the southern extension east of the main channel. There are many khaki tourist police officers patrolling the...

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