September fun events, Belize Hurricane stats, and other Belize news!

How often does a hurricane hit Belize/Placencia?

This has been a very stressful hurricane season for the Caribbean as we all know by now. It has led to a lot of panic throughout the region, and if you happen to be traveling to the Caribbean right now, you are probably not very happy about your timing. I wanted to take a look at Belize’s hurricane history to find out your chances of being impacted during hurricane season here. Here’s the highlights of my research….

  • Since 1930, there have been 16 Hurricanes.
  • 8 were Major Hurricanes, that either made landfall in Belize or passed close enough to cause damage or loss of life.
  • 17 systems made landfall in Belize as Tropical Storms.
  • Average years between direct hurricane hits – 6.59
  • Average years between MAJOR hurricane hits – 24.16
  • Average years between being brushed or hit with a major storm – 2.84
  • Months when storms are most likely – September and October
Placencia itself was touched by Hurricane Earl in 2016, and was massively damaged by Hurricane Iris in 2001. There aren’t too many reports of major hits in the 100 years before this – minor to moderate damage in the 1940’s and once in the 1960’s. So if you look at a specific village – the chances of that specific village getting hit are still pretty low – so, statistically – I would not plan your vacation around it!!
Photo by Cecil Johnson – HERE are more pics from Hurricae Iris in 2001, when 95% of the village was damaged…

On to more uplifting topics…..

September Fun Times!

If you are here in September you are in luck! The two weeks leading up to Belize Independence Day on the 21st are one big party! You will find a lot of parades, music, and festivals during this time. Here are three things you can have fun with in Placencia in the coming weeks….

9/9 and 9/10 – Fishing Tournament – see HERE (always fun to watch down at the pier!)
9/10 – St George’s Caye Day – See HERE for more info
9/21 – Belize Independence Day – See HERE for more info….

Image from of a past Placencia Belize Independence Day

And finally… are the latest news articles about Belize, in case you missed them!

  • ATM Cave tour was ranked as one of the most terrifying (thrilling?) things to do in the world…..
  • The Fort Worth Star Telegram thinks Belize is an amazing tropical getaway with something for everyone….
  • Although this one sends a mixed message, apparently environmentalists are impressed/surprised at the health of the reef in Belize, despite the massive growth….
  • Forbes thinks that Belize is worth looking at as an international investment….
  • Hoffman’s Houston thinks you’ll have a pretty good time here in Belize…
  • And so does The Spokesman Review….
And I’ll finish with my top five favorite photos I found this week on Instagram, from Placencia vacationers!
 @everydaycayes (ranguana caye)
@infiniteroadmaps (Tradewinds near the pier)
@mb_outside (Barefoot Bar)
@niki_spaniol (Laughingbird Caye)



Laura Diffendal

Laura and her husband David purchased a half acre on the Caribbean Sea in 2014, in Placencia, Belize. They have built their own version of paradise, and they now operate the only boutique, adults-only microresort, walking distance to everything in the village. Caribbean Beach Cabanas was rated the 2017 Small Hotel of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board, and was featured on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt. You can visit their site at In April of 2018, they opened their second boutique hotel,, in Ambergris Caye!

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