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#264404 - 01/25/08 07:11 PM Weather in April and Mosquitos
bigmike3x Offline
We are coming to Belize for the first time in April. Can anyone tell me the type of weather to expect in April and does April
usually have mosquitos? Looking forward to being on Ambergris Caye, it looks like a beautiful place.

#264406 - 01/25/08 07:37 PM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: bigmike3x]
sunandsand Offline
There are always mosquitos on AC. Some days they are worse than other days. Mostly they are bad early in the morning, at dusk, and if it's cloudy and no breezes. Always take repellant, with DEET, and wear long sleeves in the evenings. They are worse on the leeward side of the island, too.
At what age is it determined I am old enough to know better?

#264411 - 01/25/08 07:46 PM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: sunandsand]
Islenutt Offline
I've discovered that repellant products containing Picaridin, like Cutter Advanced work really well. It has only been aproved in the U.S for a fairly short while, but has been used widely in other areas of the world. It isn't as nasty as DEET (doesn't melt things) and has a more pleasant smell. I've used it in Roatan where the mosquitos and sand fleas are fierce. I'm not a bug magnet like some but even friends who are seem to do well with the Cutter.

#264476 - 01/26/08 09:41 AM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: Islenutt]
JZB Offline
Hi bigmike! Looking forward to meeting you in April. April is a great month. Usually hot and sunny being in the middle of the 'dry' season. Mosquitos aren't usually a problem in April but there is a chance you might run into pica pica in the water. Pica Pica doesn't affect everyone but those who are affected get annoying red itchy bumps. You can do a search on this board for more information on pica pica.

If we do get a passing shower in April and the wind suddenly dies out, you will probably see some mosquitos and sand flies. It is best to come prepared just in case!

#264513 - 01/26/08 11:38 AM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: JZB]
bigmike3x Offline
Looking forward to meeting you to. Thanks all for the info,
We are looking forward to staying at your Island Cottage and enjoying the snorkeling there.

#264515 - 01/26/08 11:49 AM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: Islenutt]
Rocky Offline
Originally Posted By: Islenutt
I've discovered that repellant products containing Picaridin, like Cutter Advanced work really well.

We are devoted users of Cutter Advanced with Picaridin. Last February in Belize our family of four had ZERO problem with bugs. And I am a bug magnet. Also picaridin is perfectly safe to use on small children, babies, etc. That's why it's so much better than DEET for us. You can find it online at REI.com, etc.

#264517 - 01/26/08 12:01 PM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: Rocky]
Islenutt Offline
It looks like REI is out of the spray Cutter Advanced online. It was recently on sale and I think I bought all they had!
I'm sure you would be able to find it at other sporting goods or outdoor stores...

Just looked again and they have limited quantities of the Cutter Advanced Sport spray.

Edited by Islenutt (01/26/08 12:06 PM)
Edit Reason: More info

#264552 - 01/26/08 04:13 PM Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos [Re: Islenutt]
renski Offline
hi big mike..I agree with JZB April is a great time to be there. we will be there again in April for our 4th time and we have always had great weather and have not bumped into a single mosquito!cheers Renee

#264584 - 01/27/08 04:35 AM Re: Weather in April and Mosquito's [Re: renski]
cherylvalentine Offline
I will also have to say April is a great time to visit AC. I never had a problem with bugs even while in the "bush" at Al Tun Ha. The only problem I encountered was for a very short time on the boat trip up the river getting there. I was also warned about the Pica Pica but never had a problem with that either, I was told if you go out on the reef, go out early in the A.M. and when the tide is going out. I guess it worked because I never itched the whole wonderful 21 days we where in paradise. Hope you have a great time.
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#264586 - 01/27/08 06:26 AM Re: Weather in April and Mosquito's [Re: cherylvalentine]
bigmike3x Offline
Thanks everyone for their information, we are certainly looking forward to exploring and enjoying our stay in Ambergris and San Pedro.

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