Last Updated on August 6, 2022
Belize, a tiny little country in Central America, sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala. It was on my bucket list for years after watching Steve Irwin’s TV shows where he’d explore the Belize Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I finally made it there and now I’m here to share my tips, especially if you plan on travelling to Belize in summer I visited Belize in June which is considered the off season!
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Tips For Visiting Belize
A huge draw for me, especially as a solo female traveller, is that Belize’s first language is English. Everyone speaks English, all the signs are in English, which makes travelling that little bit easier! I often heard the locals speaking to each other in another language, it wasn’t Spanish as I couldn’t pick out any words, I later found out from my guest house owner that a lot of people speak Creole amongst themselves. This is strange considering the rest of Central America speak Spanish!
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US Dollars Are Accepted
Another aspect that makes it an easy place to travel to (especially now I live in the USA), is everywhere accepts US Dollars. The majority of things will be priced in Belizean Dollar but the conversion is easy peasy.
$2 Belizean Dollar = $1 US Dollar
Just cut everything in half and hand over the dollars. They don’t accept US dollar coins, so I made sure I carried a lot of low value bills with me…$1, $5, $10. The change I was given varied, sometimes I would pay in US and get just Belizean back, sometimes I’d get a mixture of both! In return, there were even a few times where I paid with a mixture and it was absolutely fine.
The Belizean Dollars actually have the Queen on them! Belize was once a British colony (it was formally called British Honduras!) but has since gained independence, however they kept the currency the same.
I mentioned in my post Getting to Caye Caulker From Belize International Airport that the flat rate to and from Belize City to the airport is $25 US dollar (this rate is set by the airport). The water taxis were also priced in USD.
Belize City airport (Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport) has good connections to a few USA airports. I flew into Belize via Miami and left via Dallas Fortworth. American Airlines, Delta and United are a couple of airlines to check. Flying with American, in June, they had a few flights to choose from on a daily basis.
Cost of ‘living’
People say Belize is expensive. It is, compared to other Central American countries, BUT I found it to be cheaper/or on a par with the USA. It’s also more expensive on the Cayes as they have to bring the goods onto the islands. Here’s an example, in the USA (Miami Airport) I paid $3 for a bottle of water, at the Belize City water taxi dock a litre bottle was $1, the same size bottle on Caye Caulker was $2. A bottle of beer in the USA is around $3, a bottle on Caye Caulker was $2.
Belize in June
Belize Rainy Season
Low season in Belize is between June – September. When is hurricane season in Belize? Being on the Caribbean coast, puts Belize in the firing line for hurricanes (they have been hit several times, the most recent being Hurricane Earl in August 2016 *correct at the time of writing*). They experience a rainy season between June and November. I visited in early June, during 1 week, it only rained twice…at night.
weather in belize in june
The day time temperatures hit 41c/105f. It was humid, I sweated like a pig constantly but when staying on a Caye, there was a sea breeze the majority of the time.
Manatee Season in Belize
The Western Indian Manatee can be seen in Belize year round. However my tour guide said that during the low season there is a higher chance of seeing them as the waters are warmer.
Less Cruise Ships
When it came to on land excursions, it did make it hard to arrange one being out of season as a solo traveller. A lot of the companies shut for the season and the tours won’t always run 7 days a week, unless they meet a minimum of 2 people…fine if you are travelling as a couple/group.
I managed to jump on a tour with a couple I had met, we went cave tubing (one of the most popular excursions after snorkelling) and to Altun Ha Mayan Ruins. Now I imagine the larger Mayan ruins in Mexico, Chichen Itza to be busy for the majority of the year…in June, we had Altun Ha to OURSELVES. 3 people + our guide (great for photographers 😉 )
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The majority of tourism in peak season is from cruise ships. Belize City has a port with an area especially aimed at cruise ship passengers. This area was shut during my visit.
Now on to health and safety. To be honest, I’m not sure of how safe the tap water is to drink, I tend not to chance it because I’d rather not be stuck on a toilet. My accommodation on Caye Caulker provided a filtered water dispenser in each room so I kept re-filling my bottle from that.
are there mosquitos belize in summer?
I was eaten ALIVE by bugs, I was like one giant itch and one even blew up into a giant blister. I used bug spray and they just ate through it. Belize is at a risk of Zika so it’s worth being aware with the whole pregnancy thing if you are a female.
Is Belize Safe?
I felt safe as a solo female traveller while in Belize. I stayed in Belize City for 2 nights in a neighbourhood I felt safe in and the rest of the time I was on the Island of Caye Caulker. My guest house in Belize City said the unsafe areas of Belize City are usually because of gangs, they attack each other, not the tourists. But obviously it’s nice to be well away from the chance of being caught up in the cross fire.
Like most places in the Caribbean, wacky baccy is around. Like anywhere, don’t be stupid, just stay away from it. The neighbourhood I stayed in, in Belize City was a big no drug zone and it was something I was never offered. That was just me, obviously I can’t speak for everyone or the different areas.
Solo Female Travel
As a solo female, of course I got hit on. BUT it wasn’t as unbearable as some places I’ve been. If you said no to someone trying to sell you a souvenir, or encouraging you to go into a restaurant, 90% of the time they’d be like ‘OK! Have a good night!’. They wouldn’t follow you or pressure you. If anything, they’d just ask you how you were, if you’d been on any trips, were you enjoying your time in Belize.
Other Travellers On Caye Caulker
As for fellow tourists, the people I met while staying on Caye Caulker were some of the friendliest I’ve ever met while travelling. The majority were ‘older’ English or American backpackers…older meaning 30’s…not people fresh out of Uni. Being travellers mainly travelling long term in Central and South America, they had their head screwed on.
Everyone just wanted to know each others stories, who they were, where are they from, where they have been. Everyone was full of recommendations. I can’t speak for San Pedro or the other islands, some of those are more resorts and attract honeymooners and package holidays so those places could have a different audience of people.
My Belize Recommendations
Go cave tubing and to the Altun Ha ruins
Go on a full day snorkelling tour from Caye Caulker
Take part in sunset yoga with Namaste Cafe & Yoga Studio. There’s not a set charge, it’s pay by donation.
Where to drink in Caye Caulker: The Best Bars in Caye Caulker, Belize
Eat: Belizean Fry Jacks! Fried dough filled with whatever you want! Eggs, ham, cheese etc etc. From $3.50BZD/$1.75USD
Where to stay in Caye Caulker: Colinda’s Cabanas
What to wear: If you make one exception for a piece of luggage, TAKE A RASH VEST! Especially if you plan on snorkelling, you will get burnt, especially on a full day tour. Rash vests are light weight, quick drying and I never travel without mine. Someone on my snorkel tour saw mine and wished she’d taken one. I have several, O’Neill make good ones: O’Neill Wetsuits UV Sun Protection Womens Short Sleeve Rash Guard
Have you been to Belize? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are!
27 thoughts on “12 Tips & Things to Know When Visiting Belize in Summer (June)!”
Manatees are magic. No doubt about it. 🙂
They are! Gentle giants!
The views are so breath taking
They are! So much colour too!
Such a paradise on Earth!
I would love to visit Belize, sounds so fun and looks beautiful.
It is lovely! Being so small you can experience both the coast and the jungle in one short trip!
I love manatees, and Belize looks amazing.
They are amazing animals! <3
Ah! I was in Bacalar, Mexico a week or so ago – only a few hours from the border with Belize and I was so tempted to hop across! Oh well, will save for a longer Central America trip next time. Thanks for sharing.
There was a boat that went from Caye Caulker to somewhere in Mexico once a day…that one took a while though!
It spins like a wonderful trip! I haven’t yet done a solo trip to anywhere so being brave and going to the place on your own that’s not that close from home is great! 🙂 I’ve never heard of it before but now i will remember this in the future!
Thanks! Solo travel is great, I love it! You could start somewhere not too far away or somewhere that’s similar/English speaking and ease yourself in, it’s not as scary as it may seem! For the most part, people are always lovely and willing to help out!
This is a great post! I visited Caye Caulker, Belize 8 years ago — I’d been living in Mexico and had spoken nothing but Spanish for at least 10 months. When I got to Belize I kept forgetting to speak English! Whoops! I didn’t get to see any Manatees or ruins when I was there, so I think I’m due for a return trip! I’ll definitely be using your recommendations!
Thanks! I’d be interested to hear if it’s changed much in those 8 years! From blogs I’d read recently in the last few years, places have changed big time! For example the Lazy Lizard look completely different in pictures!
I’m curious to know too! I don’t even know if I remember what it looked like when I was there! :S
Yeah I definitely didn’t take as many pictures 8 years ago compared to the amount I take now!
For whatever reason, Belize has never really grabbed my attention, but you make a lot of good arguments for visiting! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thanks! It was always the sea life that was the draw for me! There’s a lot of opportunity for snorkelling and diving! It depends what you’re into I guess 🙂
We went to Belize as part of our honeymoon cruise and I’ve been dying to go back to really spend some time there. Manatees!!! Ahhh I love them. And the Belize Fry Jacks sound amazing ☺️
I was really craving a Fry Jack the other day, I have no idea how to recreate them though!
Belize sounds amazing and your photos are beautiful!
Thank you! I took SO many photos!!
I’ve always wanted to visit belize! I never knew there were so many underwater animals encounters!!! Especially the manatees!! Cheers
I loved all the animals apart from the huge eels that freaked me out because I don’t like snakes!!
Caye Caluker is great, one of my favorite cayes. Check out my Belize City guide if you get the chance.
Very interesting! I was staying in a quiet neighbourhood in Belize City so only really went in a couple of the local food shops! I loved Caye Caulker 🙂