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The most popular time to travel doesn't always mean it's the best time. If you're a seafood lover or a marine-life enthusiast the best time for a vacation in Belize may be June. Most travelers visit Belize in late December through April, when the weather is the driest and when they're looking to escape cold northern winters for the warm tropics. But with an average yearly temperature of 79F, the shoulder season (April to Aug) is still a great time to go, especially if you love eating lobster and snorkeling or diving with marine life. June offers some incredible activities that you shouldn't miss: Lobsterfest and whale shark season! While there is more rain in the off season, there are smaller crowds and better accommodation deals. August is also dubbed by locals as "Second Spring" for its dry weather and regular yet brief afternoon thunderstorms. The only time we don't recommend is from Sept to Nov due to hurricane season, but intrepid travelers sometimes still travel during those months with good results.
Lobsterfest 2019 June 21-23
Lobsters abound off the shores of Belize and seafood lovers will swoon at the easy availability and low cost of the succulent crustacean, but beware, it is only legal to eat lobster from June 15th to February 15th, the rest of the year it's off limits during their mating season. Thus, Lobsterfest, in the village of Placenia, heralds the start of lobster season and attracts visitors from far and wide. More than just a seafood eating orgy, as if that isn't enough, Lobsterfest offers an array of contests such as fly fishing or net casting competitions, carnival games and activities for kids, and local vendors set up shop offering all sorts of goods to buy. Music abounds as well and local Garifuna groups and other Belizian bands trumpet their tunes, adding to the festivities. Belizian cooks and local restaurants break out a culinary extravaganza and introduce new dishes to delight like lobster stews, fajitas, pies, exotic beverages and treats. Running for over 18 years, Lobsterfest is a perfect excuse to travel to Belize in June to party for 3 days and stuff yourself with low-calorie protein packed seafood.
Whale sharks, the largest known fish species, live in warm temperate seas around the world and usually travel alone in open water, making them hard to spot, except when they curiously congregate to feed together at certain times of the year. The Yucatan peninsula is one of the most reliable places to see them; in 2011 over 400 whale sharks were spotted together, the largest recorded gathering of all time. Every year, near Gladden Spit off Placencia, whale sharks gather for seasonal feedings after the full moons from March to June. Due to their brief stay, viewing them is extremely popular and attracts divers and visitors from around the world. Book your tour early if you plan on seeing these magnificent creatures, ideally two days after the full moon for a five day period.
WHEN TO GO
2019 Lobsterfest: June 21-23
WHERE TO STAY IN PLACENCIA
Nestled at the tip of a 16-mile peninsula in southern Belize, Chabil Mar is a boutique luxury resort on a little slice of heaven known as Placencia. The small and private guest exclusive resort has just 22 villas that have been individually decorated and are designed to offer an intimate experience in an incredible natural setting. We reserve Luxury Seaview villas which are situated on the second floor only 100 feet from the beach. Each villa is approx. 1000 square feet of living area including a veranda facing the Caribbean, multi-zoned air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, and a washer/dryer. Resort amenities include two infinity pools, a bar and restaurant, free bicycle and kayaks for your use, and resort-wide wi-fi.
This intimate, natural playground is nestled within a 200-acre reserve of old growth trees, mangroves, and orchids on the Placencia Peninsula. The property extends along nearly a mile of palm-studded beach, where 35 beautifully-appointed beach houses envelop guests in casual, residential-style luxury. Enjoy the salt water pool and views of the sea, along with spa, fitness center, yoga and movement studio or explore the beauty of the peninsula with kayaks or paddle boards. Their 3 restaurants invite you to savor an authentic taste of Belize with seasonally-influenced menus and specialty drinks. Each beach houses feature air-conditioning and TVs.
For more information about travel in Belize check out our trips to Belize or give us a call at 800-345-4453!