Along the coast of southern New Jersey (and I imagine it is the same in many touristy towns elsewhere) we had a term to describe the brief but magical window of time between the summer ‘high’ season and the winter’s ‘off’ season: local’s summer. This is the super short shoulder season, just a few weeks at the tail end of summer when kids are heading back to school and family vacations to the shore are ending. Locals that live near the beaches know this is the BEST time of year and they wait all summer for a handful of these perfect days. The ocean water is warm and the weather is mild, you can stroll the boardwalk or spread out in the sand without the crush of the crowds. People are relaxing after the high-season-hustle and you’ll see more familiar faces than strangers in the restaurants and grocery stores. I’ve been getting the local’s summer vibe here in Belize all of August and I’ve gotta tell you, I’m digging it.
Traditionally, Belize has had very distinct “high” and “low” travel seasons: North American winter was our high and summer, the low. Many restaurants, resorts, and hotels would reduce their hours or even close all together for a length of time in August, September, or October. But that has changed, excluding the pandemic hiccup, in recent years as Belize has gained popularity among European travelers as well as travelers with children. We are seeing a steadier flow of visitors pretty much year-round now but August still has a very relaxed, unhurried, ‘low season’ vibe to it. A time when locals take a bit of a breather and are more likely to enjoy a leisurely day BBQing on the beach with friends or taking a trip to a waterfall with the kids.
With less international visitors, but still too many to close completely for a period, hotels and resorts offer up wonderful Belizean Traveler discounts to entice locals to fill in some of their empty inventory. My Facebook feed has been filled with incredible offers and is giving me major FOMO- my Belize bucket list is growing longer and longer!
August is also firmly in the “green” season… which is a nicer way of saying “rainy” season. And boy oh BOY have we been getting some hard a$$ rain! Torrential overnight storms mainly but some daytime squalls too that blow in quickly, dump a deluge and then blow out again in under an hour. Flooding has been an intermittent problem, mosquitoes a more consistent nuisance, but golly, the landscape sure is lush and GREEN. Everything looks so alive and all this weird and wonderful native fruit is in season. Pokonoboy, Seagrapes, Kineps, Malay Apples, Cocoplum and more; it seems as if I’m always finding something interesting at the produce stand.
There are still loads of fun local happenings to be had: fundraisers, kid’s camps, and spontaneous get togethers. Village Council has me fired up for September Celebrations, Phil ‘I’m never full’ Nagengast is unleashing the beast in a taco eating contest at The Flying Pig this week, and Yoli’s is planning customer crockpot-cookoff competitions. Stay up to date on all the peninsula’s event right here on RealLifeRecess of course, with our handy dandy calendar: https://realliferecess.com/events-calendar-placencia-belize/