Belize Travel Tips
Tips for Your Journey to Jaguar Reef!
If you think a white sand beach with coconut trees overhead and warm waters of the Caribbean sounds good, then why not head off to Belize? But before you dust off your passport and catch the next flight to this tropical paradise, here are eight tips you should keep in mind.
- All visitors to Belize need a passport and visa. Citizens that do not require a visa for entry to Belize are those of the British Commonwealth (except India), the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Europe.
- The best time to go is in winter (November to May). But if you want quieter days and cheaper rates, go from July to October, as the winter tourist season means higher prices and packed hotels. As long as you don't mind the occasional rain shower, that is. These are common in the summer months.
- Small airplanes are usually how they get around in Belize-no trains here.
And if you carry a valid driver's license from your own country, you can also rent cars, bikes, and motorcycles-although you have to be at least 25 years old.
- As for drinkable water, villages typically use rainwater and towns have chlorinated tap water. Obviously, it is safer to drink bottled water, which is readily available everywhere.
- Your attire should consist mostly of sandals, light and loose-fitting clothes, and swimwear for the beach, but bring one set of eveningwear. A pair of hiking boots will serve you well in the mainland and the jungle. A wide-brim hat and sunglasses are also essential.
- Pack your binoculars. You may not be interested in birds, but their population is exceptional in Belize. Bird watching is always a great pastime, even for beginners.
- Hunting without a license, spear fishing, picking wild orchids, taking coral, and removing archeological artifacts are all against the law. Be careful when trying to have fun.
- Belizeans are warm, fun-loving, and genuine people. Mingle with the locals and you're guaranteed to make good friends in the process.