Region: South America & Central America
Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion of Belize, although many are members of the Church of England or Protestant sects. There are also groups of mennonites who are concentrated along the Belize River and are characterised by their distinctive dress.
Although English is the official language, the Creole speak a dialect that is unintelligible to a speaker of standard English. Indians speak Spanish or one of serveral Indian languages.
Area (sq. km):
22,966 square meters
GMT - 6
The majority of Belize is hot and humid during the day and night, particularly in southern Belize where the high rainfall results in high humidity. The Cayes, however, benefit from a cool sea breeze that acts as a natural air-conditioner, while the mountains tend to be comfortably warm during the day and cool off at night.
Any time of year is great to travel to Belize. Mid December to April is the busy winter season in Belize, the other peak time is from June through to August. The dry season is the best time to travel, this runs from November to May. If you do end up visiting in summer, make sure you are aware that it is hurricane season. Belize has been badly hit by hurricanes in the past.
Although none of our tours start or end in Belize, most travellers to Belize arrive and depart by way of the Belize International Airport, also known as Philip SW Goldson International Airport, located in Ladyville, 10 miles outside Belize City. If you are heading into or out of the city, a taxi from the airport will cost around US$20.
The international dialling code for Belize is +501.
Electric current almost everywhere in Central America is 100 volts AC, 60 cycles, the same as the USA, Canada and Mexico. Plugs are the same flat two-prong style.
Most dishes in Belize originate from other places such as the USA, the UK, the Caribbean and Mexico. Rice and beans prevail on Belizean menus and are usually served with either chicken, pork, beef, fish or vegetables. Lobsters are in season from mid June to mid February, don’t order lobster outside of these times. Some restaurants serve wild game such as venison, armadillo and gibnut, which is a guinea-pig like creature (not recommended).
A modest network of paved and unpaved roads links the major towns and regions within Belize. Mini vans and buses are the main means of transportation for most people. Hire cars are also available. There is an excellent water taxi service that links the major touristic islands (or Cayes) in the Caribbean.
In Belize look out for a line of natural heath products produced by IxChel farms in San Ignacio called 'Rainforest Remedies'. To create traditional Belizean dishes at home, look for Marie Sharp’s hot sauce and Rasta Pasta spice packets.
Visa: Australians, Americans, British, Canadian and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Belize. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. A migration fee of USD20 is payable at the border on departure from Belize. Please ensure you check the validity dates on your passport stamp at the border.
Belize in Focus - Ian Peedle
Adventures in Nature Belize - R. Mahler
Explore Belize - Harry Pariser
Hidden Belize - Stacy Ritz