At the moment, it has been raining and it has been so for the last three weeks, but generally, it is always warm here in Ambergris Caye.
We now have tropical blood. When you first arrive at Ambergris Caye, though, you might get bitten a lot by mosquitoes, and it is so hot that you have to change clothes all the time. When it rains and when it is cold, the Belizeans walk around with wooly jumpers (a sweatshirt made of sheep's wool) and bubble hats on, so when we just got here we asked, “What are they doing?” Well, as you live and stay here for longer periods, your blood must change. I do not know how that works, but the mosquitoes do not bite me anymore. If they do come near me and take a little nibble, it is a raised bump for a couple of minutes, but it does not itch, and I do not get any marks left- over within half an hour.
My mom came to visit here in Ambergris Caye over the last few weeks and was covered in red pimples all over her and could not stop itching, but we managed to sort her out by putting coconut oil on her skin (coconut oil extractor, pictured) and we used bug spray. We bought Benadryl and some anti-histamine, too, which made a lot of her stay here pleasurable. I told my mom that she knows this happens every time she comes to visit us here in Ambergris Caye, so she has to make sure she is taking Vitamin B tablets the whole time, and when she is here, she needs to take precautions so she will not get bitten. My daughter and my mom used to have this problem, but my daughter and I now no longer get bitten and we do feel the cold a little bit more. I get quite chilly in the evenings, so the blankets and the long pants come out. I wear jeans now, which I thought I would never do in Ambergris Caye.
For the most part, we have beautiful weather in Ambergris Caye, but you can normally expect quite a lot of rainfall from November to January. Summers in Ambergris Caye are very, very hot, but that is the time when you just relax and slow down a little bit. People go and sunbathe at the end of a dock.
I work in an air-conditioned office, so the weather does not bother me until I get to the weekend. If it is raining, I love the excuse to go sitting and having a movie day, as long as it is not every weekend, because when the sun is shining, I feel like I should be out in it. I live in Ambergris Caye full time, so, as opposed to if I were visiting for a short period of time, it really does not bother me when the weather is dull because it does not happen that often.
There is a great website called the San Pedro Weather where you can see and track the weather forecast. There is a actually a webcam in real time. That is a great website to look at. I do not think there is any advertising on there.
The longer you stay here in Ambergris Caye, the less the weather bothers you.