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Weather in April and Mosquitos

Posted By: bigmike3x

Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 01:11 AM

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.
Posted By: sunandsand

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 01:37 AM

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.
Posted By: Islenutt

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 01:46 AM

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.
Posted By: JZB

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 03:41 PM

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!
Posted By: bigmike3x

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 05:38 PM

Hi JZB,
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.
Posted By: Rocky

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 05:49 PM

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.
Posted By: Islenutt

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 06:01 PM

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.
Posted By: renski

Re: Weather in April and Mosquitos - 01/26/08 10:13 PM

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
Posted By: cherylvalentine

Re: Weather in April and Mosquito's - 01/27/08 10:35 AM

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.
Posted By: bigmike3x

Re: Weather in April and Mosquito's - 01/27/08 12:26 PM

Thanks everyone for their information, we are certainly looking forward to exploring and enjoying our stay in Ambergris and San Pedro.
Posted By: FISH ON

Re: Weather in April and Mosquito's - 01/28/08 12:37 AM

Hello all, We are going down the first week of April and it's our first time down. Can anyone help us with things to do both day and night we are really looking to have a great time and meet alot of nice people.

Thank you,
Pat and Karen
Posted By: cherylvalentine

Re: Weather in April and Mosquito's - 01/28/08 05:31 PM

There are so many thing to do on AC and other parts of Belize, if you like the water you should most defiantly do Hol Chan and shark ray alley. Awesome experience. There are several different Mayan ruin sites you can explore, but if you don't want to spend half the day getting there I suggest Al tun Ha. It is a beautiful place to walk around and explore. You also can go cave tubing, zip lining through the jungle for the day. On AC there is a butterfly jungle you can go and have lunch at and see all the different butterflies that are native to Belize. In town there are plenty of restaurants to try out, Cafe picasso is suppose to be great, the blue water grill I know has great food.
There are a multitude of bars to explore. If all those thing don't interest you there is always the beach.
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