When to Visit Placencia Belize
The months of February, March, April, and May offer the most enjoyable weather of the year. August and September weather can be wonderful for fishing, snorkeling, and diving. The balmy temperatures in November, December, and January are also ideal in the Placencia Peninsula. Visit during those winter months for a great escape from frigid temperatures in North America and Europe.
Location, Location, Location
Placencia is located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea in Central America, very close to the equator. The tropical weather is usually hot and humid, with humidity often reaching 90%. Sometimes, the problem is alleviated by sea breezes, but otherwise, Placencia has higher humidity than many other parts of the country. Temperatures remain pretty much constant throughout the year at an average of 75-80°F (24-27°C), and thanks to the sea there is not much difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures either. The water temperature stays around 80°F (27°C) and daytime highs usually remain in the 80s (27°C-32°C) as well.
Seasons are defined in terms of precipitation, with marked wet and dry times of year. The rainy season lasts from May to November and the dry season from February to April or May. There is also a “little dry” in July or August when rain is scarce for a few weeks. Total rainfall per year is on the order of 400cm (160in) per year. Some of this precipitation comes from hurricanes and tropical storms, which are sometimes a problem along the coast of Belize. The country is fairly far south in the Caribbean, but occasional storms do still land. The latest significant hurricane to impact Belize occurred in 1978, with Hurricane Greta causing widespread destruction along the southern coast, notably in Placencia.