As a tropical country, Belize is susceptible to the occasional tropical storm or hurricane. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year and, while the country has rarely been directly hit by a major storm in the past, these weather events can cause significant damage and disruptions to travel and tourism.
The best time to visit Belize is during the dry season in March through May when temperatures are warm but not hot and rainfall is very low. These are also the months when Belize celebrates a number of annual festivals such as the Mango Festival in June and Pibil Fest, which honours the Maya tradition of cooking pork in a pit.
In September and October, the weather can be a little more unsettled but it is still possible to enjoy Belize’s beaches and activities. September is the start of lobster season and the popular restaurants of Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Placencia all hold a lobster festival at this time of year to mark the occasion. This is a great chance to try the local delicacy for very reasonable prices.
In mid-September, Tropical Storm Nine made landfall in southern Belize, causing flooding and some structural damage but no fatalities. This was followed a week later by Hurricane Hattie, which caused widespread destruction in Belize City and caused 29 deaths and massive flooding. Afterwards, the country was left with extensive repairs to homes and roads.