White sand, exotic Central American cultures and a lazy Caribbean lifestyle – Belize is a coastal dream.
Belize may be a tiny Central American nation but what it has to offer is big. Travellers and locals alike enjoy the smooth sand and stunning reefs that this country is famous for. The heavenly beaches share close quarters with tropical jungles and early Mayan structures. The sleepy towns are populated with a blend of cultures you won’t see anywhere else – with Hispanic Belizeans, Mayan natives and various African descendants.
Belize travel highlights
Explore Mayan ruins at Xunantunich
The ancient Mayan ceremonial site is almost 2000 years old. It’s also said to be haunted by a ghostly woman in white.
Go snorkelling off the island of Caye Caulker
This tiny island is so laid-back you’ll have no choice but to lounge back and enjoy the sunshine.
Get cultured in Belize City
Mingle with the Mestizo, Mayan and Kriol cultures who live together in this place and experience the unique and eclectic blend of their cultures.
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Belize travel FAQs
The following countries do NOT require a visa to enter Belize as a tourist for a 30 days period:
- European Union Members
- South Africa
- United States
- United Kingdom
Nationals of many neighbouring Central and South American countries also have visa-free access. Most other countries do REQUIRE a visa to enter Belize. Check with your local embassy for more information.
Tipping isn’t expected in Belize but it’s certainly appreciated. Feel free to round up the bill if you feel the service has been good. If the restaurant includes a 10% surcharge on the bill then there’s no need to tip.
Internet is accessible from internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots but it can be pricey and a bit slower than what you may be used to.
Belize has reliable mobile coverage is across most of the country. Activate global roaming before you leave if you wish to use your mobile phone while travelling.
Belize has modern flush toilets in all major centres and tourist areas. Soap and toilet paper may not always be available so you may like to take some with you.
Beer = 5 BZD
Glass of rum at a bar = 6 BZD
Simple meal at a local restaurant = 10 BZD
Lobster meal at a high-end restaurant = 50 BZD
It is not advised to drink tap water in Belize. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filtered water to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Credit cards are commonly used at hotels, high-end restaurants, and shops for tourists. Small local businesses rely on cash however, so expect to carry some with you while travelling.
ATMs are common in Belize’s cities and major tourist destinations, but they are far less common outside of these areas. Prepare to carry cash with you when travelling to rural destinations and small islands.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Belize/public-holidays