If you have ever considered taking a trip to Belize, you likely have an entire bag of questions you seek the answers to. Presented below are nine points that most potential visitors ask about this fine country.
What language is spoken in the country?
While English is the country’s official language, there are eight other regional languages,, including Spanish, found throughout the nation.
What sort of money is used in Belize?
Belize has its own currency, the Belizean Dollar (BZD). That said, United States Dollars (USDs) are just as valid in most major businesses; only the little shops and businesses within the country trade exclusively in BZD. This acceptance is related to how 1 BZD always equals 50 cents USD. Credit cards are commonly accepted and you can find at least one ATM in every major settlement.
Is a visa necessary to travel to the country?
Americans and Canadians do not need a visa. You can have a 30-day authorization that can be expanded out to six months by seeing out an immigration office in the country. Passports need to be valid for at least three months from the date you entered Belize or decided to stay. Non-locals will be charged a departure tax of $35.50 USD plus an additional security screening fee of 75 cents USD/person.
When is the best time to visit?
Definitely shoot for the dry season between late November and mid-April.
What are my transportation options?
Most towns are small enough to leave your options at walking, running, cycling, or a golf cart. Larger places may offer buses or taxis as options. Domestic flights are common when traveling to other regions and there are two leading airlines (Maya Island Air and Tropic Air) that provide these flights.
Is this a family-friendly country?
Belize is a fun country that is overflowing with all manner of attractions, including for families. While the Belizean people are welcoming, you should be mindful of which hotels or resorts you choose to vacation at because some may be more focused on catering to wedding parties or honeymoons. Most places have public parks and beaches for children and their parents to enjoy.
How welcome at LGBTQIA+ individuals in Belize?
Belize de-criminalized same-sex activities in 2016. Anyone who is part of this group and is looking to come to Belize should look into San Pedro Town within Ambergris Caye. Note that public displays of same-sex affection are still largely discouraged in the culture, meaning that it would be best to keep them in private.
What sort of electrical setup do Belizean outlets use?
The common voltage is 110/220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. Plugs/sockets are B/G type.
Do I have to tip?
While not a mandatory practice, tipping for services rendered is still appreciated. Standards for tipping are very close to those of Canada or the States; 10-15% for average service and 20+% for exceptional treatment.