Let’s talk about the Weather!

On January 31, 2013 in Caye Caulker

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All year round we talk about the weather and, when you live on an island that’s lifestyle is so linked to the elements, it becomes the focus of your lives and livelihood!!

Dry season or wet season, lets be real, we can receive rainfall at any point in the year – we live in the tropics and for holiday makers expecting perfect weather it becomes hugely disappointing when the weather is less than perfect – we understand!!

We live our lives glued to various weather sites, trying to accurately predict the weather for the benefit for both our customers on our sailboats and less so for ourselves.  The science of meteorology is not an exact science – that which defines the weather is constantly changing and yet we are considered responsible for the weather changing!!! – Go figure.

I can understand it – you save all year for your annual vacation, you strategically plan for your suntan, your idilic photos on the beach and your cocktails at sunset – and when you arrive to when you depart all you see is rain, grey skies and chilly breeze!!  It can happen (luckily very rarely), but it can happen!!

As a company, like all others that take their tours out onto our gorgeous reef, we conscientiously assess the weather and based on the forecast the eve of the trip and we cancel and postpone accordingly!  Never would any operator want customers to go out on a tour in conditions that are unsafe and also uncomfortable our desire to do business is not that great!!

However time and time again we are faced with tourists disappointment for two scenarios – firstly, when we cancel a trip based on the weather forecast.   Most I have to admit fully understand and are indeed grateful for our vigilance but, as one of our latest TripAdvisor reports shows, some think we are downright unprofessional for canceling!!  I have heard cries of ‘I am from Canada/England etc and we are used to a little rain!!’ … ‘This is far better than the weather we are receiving at home lately, I want the tour to go ahead’.

The second scenario is by far the one that creates the larger concern.  It’s that then the perfect weather forecast changes to down right horrible hours after departing from Caye Caulker.  Whether passengers are on an overnight or a day trip to Hol Chan our hearts go with you.  This scenario is luckily rare but  nevertheless when it does happen, I am proud to say that my crew continuously rise to the occasion!  Efforts are made to keep all comfortable, to ensure that snorkeling and fishing are still going ahead and above all, ensure that passengers are still, despite of the grey skies and sometimes rainfall, have the time of their life!

The past week’s bad weather is an example of how inaccurate the weather forecast has been and the pre-longed conditions made it unbearable for locals, never mind the saddened tourists!   I am sorry to say that at least 3 trips went out in conditions that, if we had the ability of hindsight, would have been cancelled.   This is January – a month when we are blighted with changeable weather – not the whole month but intermittently really until mid Feb/ March when everything becomes more consistent.

And finally (to end) this I think is by way a small apology for any of those persons we have disappointed, not intentionally but unintentionally by not ‘providing’ the weather conditions their dream holiday was based on.  In so many ways we completely understand – which is why we do take time and do cancel and postpone trips.  However, I do believe that Belize still looks beautiful, even in the rain!!!

  1. Drew Blackstone Said,

    In the summer of 2012 my wife and I took a day trip on the Ragga Prince. Riding on the cabin top during a thunder storm was one of the highlights of our week on Caye Caulker. Raggamuffin is awesome and we totally understand the choices you guys have to make. We recommend you to everyone we tell about our trip. Keep it up. Go slow and I hope to see you all soon. :)

  2. Sheryl Bjekich Said,

    I had the great pleasure of experiencing Caye Caulker last year at this time. It rained and our 3 day sail was postponed. We adjusted our plans and cancelled our trip inland. It was the best decision I’ve ever made! May I say- a rainy day in Caye Caulker is better than a good day anywhere I’ve been in my fifty years!!!! There is beauty there no matter what the weather is! We had a blast waiting for the rain to stop for a couple days! The friendliest place on earth! I will spend my next trip to Belize primarily on Caye Caulker!! And there are no words for the 3 day sail!! Absolutely exceeded my dreams! Captain Kevin, Dylan and caveman were the best! I visit your site often it makes smile and feel like I’m back there!! Cheers to everyone at Raggamuffin!!! Can’t wait to return- rain or shine!
    Sheryl
    Chicago IL

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