Belize is the only English-speaking British Commonwealth country in Central America. In a cocoon between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize opens its heart in the Caribbean Sea. Very close to the United States and Canada, only a few hours flight brings you here. Enjoy activities such as hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, scuba diving and fishing in Belize at an affordable cost.
Or just relax with the sun, water and tranquility.
A valid passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure is required along with proof of return. Citizens of the United States, British Commonwealth Nations, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and Canada can enter without a visa. Others will need to inquire about visas at their local Belize consulate or embassy. Normally, a 30-day stay is granted to the tourists, and one can go to Belize City and apply for a six-month extension of stay for a small fee.
Air routes to Belize
If you wish to bring your own aircraft, you must enter Belize through Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City. Make sure you get clearance from the Chief Civil Aviation Officer 48 hours before your arrival. Documents will be inspected and a normal flight plan must be submitted along with the required fee. In addition to your own aircraft, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Taca and Aeromexico operate regular flights. It only takes a few hours to get here from Miami, Florida, Houston, Texas, or New Orleans, Louisiana.
Passport and travel documents must be made available to go through customs. Aside from your personal items, only 200 cigarettes or ½ pound of tobacco, 20 ounces of alcohol and a bottle of personal perfume are allowed.
Waterways: Head in your direction
The sea route can be adventurous and perfectly enjoyed. The Caribbean Sea is beautiful and the trip can be a fun part of your trip to Belize. However, the boats must go through customs and enter Belize City, Dangripa, Punta Gorda, Big Creek, or San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.
Arrival by land: Drive in
Choose this route if you are willing to enjoy rough and tough. The rough roads will take nearly three to six days from Texas through Mexico. Be sure to bring your driver’s license or permit and vehicle registration documents. You would need a temporary import permit to allow the vehicle to cross the Mexican border, which Belize Customs officers would be very happy to provide. Don’t drive too fast and stay on the right side of the road.
Liability or liability insurance is also required. If you do not have an international driver’s license, you will also need a temporary driver’s license, which can be obtained from the Chief Licensing Officer in Belize City. You can even bring your caravan, but overnight parking in public places is not allowed.
You can also rent a car or a golf cart in Belize City which requires a valid driver’s license. Having a car is a great way to experience Belize.
Belize is only 68 miles wide and 180 miles long. So fill up your gas tanks and don’t forget to pick up hitchhikers or drive at night. Bus services are also available around Belize. Novello’s, Z-Line, Betty’s and Venus take you to all major cities.
Room and board costs
If you’re traveling on a budget, you can vacation in mainland Belize for as little as $40 a day, while transportation is extra. Room and board in luxury lodges and fine hotels ranges from $100 to $150 per day. Equipped adventure group tours in luxury all-inclusive lodges range from $100 to $150 per day. Reservations are always a good idea and don’t forget to ask for group discounts.
There are several commercial banks in Belize City. Atlantic Bank Limited, Alliance Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclay’s Bank PLC and Belize Bank Limited are happy to assist you if needed.
Credit cards and traveler’s checks
Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept all major credit cards. Small vendors and retailers in rural areas may only accept cash or traveler’s checks. You can contact all major credit card companies at all commercial banks in Belize City.
The local currency is the Belize dollar. One US dollar is equal to two Belize dollars. However, US dollars are also accepted throughout the country.
Goodbye – for now
It can be hard to say goodbye to Belize, but it can help to comfort yourself that you’ll be back soon. The days of sun, water and tranquility are always here for you, whenever you want or you may want to purchase your dream Belize vacation from one of the more renowned communities in Belize.
Exiting Belize will incur a tax of US$20 which can only be paid in cash. However, this does not apply if you leave Belize within 24 hours. A US$0.75 security fee is payable when you enter Belize by air and board another flight in Belize. There is a US$5 visa fee when entering Guatemala (for sightseeing) through the western border; and a departure tax of US$3.50 is charged when leaving Belize on this western side.
This fee is deductible from the US$20 departure tax at the airport when you leave Belize.
However, remember that Belize is always willing and always inviting.
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