There are few spots more beautiful to ring in the New Year than Belize, a small country located in Central America bursting with lush rainforests, misty mountains, and golden sands fronting the Caribbean Sea. Belize is blessed with warm temperatures, an abundance of sunshine, and colorful wildlife like toucans, parrots, monkeys, jaguars, manatees, sharks, and sea turtles. All of the top airlines in North America, including Delta, United, Southwest, WestJet, Air Canada, and American Airlines now feature non-stop service from major cities, making it easy and affordable to enjoy a January vacation in Belize.
Events and Festivals in January
Beyond the fireworks, food, parades, and parties, there’s plenty to do in Belize on the first day of the new year. One of the most popular activities is the Krem Cycling Classic. Beginning in Corozal Town in the north and ending in Belize City, large crowds line the road to cheer on the racers. (Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the event will not happen in 2021).
Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day
While not an official holiday in Belize, large sections of the local population observe January 18 as a day to honor and celebrate the heritage of one of the 20th century’s most influential civic leaders.
Things to Do and See in Belize in January
There’s always something exciting going on in January, including:
- Snorkel and scuba dive the Belize Barrier Reef.
- Ride a zip line through the jungle canopy.
- Bird and wildlife spot in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
- Relax in a hammock at Chabil Mar in Placencia village.
- Dive the Great Blue Hole, rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive locations on the planet.
- Explore ancient Maya ruins or ceremonial caves.
- Dine on some of the tastiest food found anywhere, including fresh-caught seafood and organic local produce.
January Weather in Belize
With plenty of fresh breezes, abundant sunshine, and mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that January is one of the most popular months to visit Belize. Occasional storms from the north bring a dose of rain and refreshing winds.
Where to Stay in Belize in January
One of the best places to stay in Belize in January is the multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. Located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula, Chabil Mar has luxuriously-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and a beachfront pier ideal for enjoying gourmet meals prepared by the onsite restaurant while drinking in the view of the Caribbean.
Visit chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize winter vacation.