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Weather and honeymoon ideas.

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Weather and honeymoon ideas.

Hi All

I wanted to find out how is the weather in mid July in belize. Yes I have done some research but for some reason it does not add up.

I googled it

I found that inland the rain is more intense the more inland you go.

Spoke to “Belizean” friends they say that the weather pattern is changing but nonetheless the intense rainy season is in late Aug onward. I spoke to a couple of house owners on the islands they said the southern area there is less rain and the northern is intense.

Basically I am planning my honeymoon and I am looking for a place to go. Yes I do expect rain like anywhere else but not most of the time or mostly cloudy days. We wanted to do the island snorkeling and kayaking and fun stuff but also go inland to waterfalls and some ruins. The dates are around July 12-21. Can someone help me weather and possible itineraries or must do things?

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1. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

At least you know that it's unpredictable.

The hurricane/wet season begins on 1 June and ends on 30 November, but the precipitation pattern is not the same throughout the season. June & July are usually wet, August usually has more dry days than wet days, then about mid-September, the rain increases until December.

Even in the wetter periods, it doesn't rain every day, nor does it rain all day (except when there's a tropical depression, and that's rare). Rain is usually overnight or early morning, and the days are fine, except later in the year when brief afternoon showers are common.

The south of the country tends to get more rain than the north.

I live in Belize.

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2. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

We've visited 3 times in July/August, 3-4 weeks each time. In 2003 it rained almost exclusively at night. In 2009 it barely rained at all. In 2012 Hurricane Ernesto came through and screwed up our plans, though we switched gears and still had an awesome trip.

If you really want to avoid rain, consider Roatán off Honduras; the rainy season there tends to start later, like October.

My photos with blog and travelogue links on the main page of each collection are below in case you're interested - all my recommendations are embedded there. Happy trails!

flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections

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3. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

With just over a week I'd choose 2 spots, starting inland and ending up on the beach. I'd choose between the San Ignacio and Punta Gorda areas for inland and Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, and Placencia for the beachy part. I'd actually choose this specific spot on N. Ambergris for the beach time and their summer prices are much lower than during the busy months:

www.tranquilitybayresort.com

My photos with blog and travelogue links on the main page of each collection are below in case you're interested - all my recommendations are embedded there. Happy trails!

flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections

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4. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

The weather patterns, due to global weirding, have changed to the point that they can't be predicted, so what you've written to start the thread...can't be held as truth. The last 2 years, January has been amazingly wet, to the point that I jokingly tell friends that Jan is the real hurricane month(without any real hurricanes or tropical depressions, of course - because we silly humans declare hurricane season over on a certain date)

I'd also recommend splitting up between the cayes(or Placencia) and Cayo. Our Summer here is April and May, and there can be light rains once the rainy season starts in June. Rarely does the rain stop you from doing what you want. Like I've mentioned before on other weather threads, I usually advise friends that I used to count yearly days without sun on one hand, and now it's one hand for Jan, and the other hand for the rest of the year. At the same time, we're happy every day it rains 'cos it waters the garden, and cools things down.

Have a great trip!

Edited: 02 February 2013, 17:21
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5. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

We honeymooned in late June...while I can't speak to July weather, I can second the Tranquility Bay recommendation whole-heartedly. Inland, we stayed at what is now the Gaia Riverlodge in the Riverside Villa. We got a package that included meals and tours. All of our tours ended up being private with just us and the guide and the villa is stunning and totally private. Enjoy your time wherever you end up!

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6. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

Thanks all for you feed back...

hopefulist and DrFeelAwesome, Thanks for your suggestions as well. In terms of inland destinations and or accommodations what one or two locations would you suggest to be the most visit areas of Belize. For example it might have the best waterfalls, jungle Mayan ruins and or other activities around there.

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7. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

We stayed at Hickatee Cottages near Punta Gorda last summer - really fantastic. There are lots of great things to do in the area including Maya sites but they're not as impressive as some in other areas of Belize.

Tikal is really amazing and worth an overnight. If you choose western Belize for your inland part you could stay a night or 2 in Guatemala for Tikal and end up on Ambergris for the rest.

I've pasted my favorite Belize links below - let me know if there's more I can do to help.

My photo collections with blog, travelogue, and review links: flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections/

My travel blog starting in 2012 (earlier ones linked with the photo collections):

http://hopefulistinlatinamerica.blogspot.com/

My descriptions and reviews on Trip Advisor:

tripadvisor.com/members-reviews/hopefulist

Guidebooks I like: Moon Handbook, Fodor’s Guide, and Explorer’s Guide.

Laminated wildlife identification cards: rainforestpublications.com/belizeFieldGuides…

A very cool checklist book for Belize for the young or young-at-heart: amazon.com/Play-Belize-Mesa-Somer/…

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Budget to midrange lodging site: http://www.belizeexplorer.com

Great island and lodging downloads: http://www.belizefirst.com

Informative transportation blog: http://www.belizebus.wordpress.com

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Shuttle recommendation: www.parrot-nest.com/belize-shuttle.html

Zoo: http://www.belizezoo.org

Great jungle camp in Cayo: http://www.belizecamp.com

Great budget lodging in Cayo: http://www.thetrekstop.com

Great value hotel with pool in Cayo: http://www.aguadahotel.com

Don't miss cave trip: http://pacztours.net/actun-tunichil-muknal/

Another, less-visited amazing cave option in Cayo: http://www.actunchapatadventure.blogspot.com/

Lodge with lots of adventures: http://www.cavesbranch.com

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Roxy Ortiz - fabulous, fun tour guide: http://www.tikalroxy.blogspot.com

My favorite hotel at Tikal: http://www.tikalinnsunrise.com

Good choice in El Remate, Guatemala: http://www.30minutesfromtikal.com/

Favorite midrange places in Flores: http://www.corpetur.com

Good value budget option in Flores: La Mesa de los Mayas, mesamayas@hotmail.com

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Great inn in coastal Garifuna town: http://www.hopkinsinn.com

Garifuna drumming center: http://www.lebeha.com

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Apartment on the beach on Caye Caulker: http://www.staycayecaulker.com/sailwinds.html

Another Caye Caulker option: gocayecaulker.com/accommodations/maxhapan-ca…

Great day snorkeling trip: http://raggamuffintours.com/hol-chan-snorkel/

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Secluded resort on N. Ambergris Caye with snorkeling and flyfishing from shore: http://www.tranquilitybayresort.com

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Very rustic atoll experience, cheap if you have a week: http://www.glovers.com.bz/

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Great jungly place near Punta Gorda: http://www.hickatee.com

Rental apartments in the heart of Placencia: http://www.oneworldplacencia.com

Good Monkey River Trip guide: Jason Williams <wjason628@yahoo.com>

Good Placencia area fishing guide: Wayne Castellanos (dial 011 501 1st from US): 661.1151 or 634.2852

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Off the beaten track diving and snorkeling, Sapodilla Cayes: http://www.reefci.com

(haven’t stayed there yet thanks to Hurricane Ernesto in August 2012)

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8. Re: Weather and honeymoon ideas.

If you like rivers, and tubing, then check out Bullet Tree Falls, which is 3 miles from downtown SI. MPR is the best for waterfalls, caves, hiking, and the like. Caracol is the best ruin, imho.

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