March and April are the best months to visit Belize. While crowded, these months offer the ideal combination of superb weather for days at the beach or archeological sites, springtime festivities, and sightseeing opportunities around the country’s lively towns and cities. Expect temperatures to range from highs around 30 to 31 degrees Celsius and lows around 22 to 24 degrees Celsius, with little to no rain.
One of the biggest highlights of visiting Belize in March is the destination’s La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge. The annual canoe race takes place in early March on the weekend just before Baron Bliss Day, a public holiday (typically observed on the Monday closest to March 9) that honors a British traveler who left a sizable trust fund to Belize after his death in 1926.
The sporting event kicks off at the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio. Paddlers race their way down the Belize Old River for almost 300 kilometers over the course of four days, stopping to rest at campsites along the way. Teams practice for months in hopes of reaching the finish line in first place. Join the thousands of spectators along the sidelines to cheer them on.
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is the first of many athletic events in Belize in March and April. Tourists can also check out the San Cas Belmopan Cycling Classic, the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, and the Holy Saturday Regatta in Caye Caulker. Since many of these events are scheduled to align with Easter, the dates can vary from one year to the next. Check local listings for the exact timings of these sporting events during your visit.
Easter is an important (and fun!) time of year for Belizeans. Nearly 75 percent of the country’s residents are Christian, with Roman Catholic as the largest denomination, and they go all out for Easter and the days surrounding the holiday.
Tourists can experience the excitement in Benque Viejo del Carmen, which puts on a reenactment of the Via Crucifix on Good Friday and decorates the streets with Alfombras de Aserrin — patterned carpets made of colorful sawdust. The festivities continue at fairs and events throughout the country, most notably the Burrell Boom Horse Races. On Easter Sunday, families typically celebrate the resurrection of Christ at church mass and then head to the beach for picnics and swimming.
Special events aside, March and April are also a wonderful time of year to visit many of the top-rated tourist attractions in Belize. Aspiring explorers and history buffs can spend time exploring Maya ruins and the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Foodies can tour banana farms in Placencia and visit the Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Garden at the base of the Maya Mountain.
And if you’re into animals, Belize spoils you for choice with the Earth’s many creatures. Go horseback riding on the jungle trails in Kendal. See colorful birds, reptiles, and the elusive jaguar at the Belize Zoo. Or, strap on your mask and snorkel or diving gear and see what’s under the sea.