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The Belize Travel Guide

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Welcome to the Belize Travel Guide. Find helpful travel tips about this beautiful country on the Caribbean coast of Central America. Read about airlines and ocean vessels that service Belize, entry and visa requirements, accommodation and transportation, tourism specialties, customs and immigration regulations, transportation and general tips about the country.

To find more information about travelling to Belize, visit the Belize Tourism Board’s official tourism website. The website contains information about the country, things to do, where to stay, how to get there and travel deals to Belize.

Travelling to Belize

To get to Belize, you can travel by plane, cruise ship or private ocean vessel. Given its location in Central America, getting to the country is very easy.

Airlines That Fly to Belize

Belize has flight services from the following airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Air, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, Tropic Air, United Airlines and WestJet.

Airports

The main airport is the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) which is located ten miles from Belize City. All private planes must seek clearance from the Belize Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Department.

Ocean Vessels That Sail to Belize

Several cruise lines and other types of ocean vessels visit Belize. The list includes: Aida Das Clubschiff, Azamara Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines,  Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Swan Hellenic Discovery Cruising and Thomson Cruises. There are specific protocols that small non-commercial sea vessels must follow in order to enter Belize. Visit the Protocols for Small Non-Commercial Sea Vessel Entry to Belize link to see the requirements for entry.

Seaports

There are six ports in Belize including the largest port, The Port of Belize in Belize City. The other ports are Big Creek Port, Commerce Bight Port, Cay Caulker, Punta Gorda and San Pedro.

Belize Entry/Visa Requirements

Before you travel to Belize, there are a few entry and visa requirements to note.

Passports

All visitors to Belize must possess a valid passport with at least six months before expiration.

Visas

Nationals of specific countries such as China and India require a visa to enter Belize, but for the most part, visas are not required for citizens of other countries. Please contact your local Belizean Consulate, Belize Embassy, British Counsel, or contact the Department of Immigration and Nationality, Belmopan, Belize, Central America country to see if your nationality is on the list.

Entry Conditions

Visitors must possess a return ticket, confirmation of accommodation and evidence of their ability to support themselves whilst on the island.

Belize Customs and Immigration Regulations

All visitors to Belize must clear Customs and Immigration at the ports of entry to gain legal entry to the country.

Accommodation in Belize

Belize has numerous accommodation on the mainland and the outlying islands. There are luxury resorts, cabins and lodges that will suit any budget.

Transportation in Belize

Belizeans use public buses as a main source of transportation. But there are car rental companies, taxis and tour buses.  To hire a car or motorcycle in Belize, you must be at least 25 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license from your resident country.

Things to Do in Belize

Belize is well known for its natural habitat, but it has developed specialties in new areas such as: bird watching, charity, culinary, culture/ heritage, cycling, diving, festivals, fishing, golf, health, wellness and spa, business (meetings, conferences etc.), sailing, set jetting, soft adventures, sports, trekking, weddings and honeymoons and wildlife tourism.

Weather in Belize

Temperatures vary between 21 and 30 degrees Celcius (70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Annual rainfall averages 50 inches in the north and 170 inches in the south.

General Tips About Belize

Here are a few tips to note before you travel to Belize.

Official Language: English
Government: Parliamentary Democracy, part of the British Commonwealth
Capital City: Belmopan
Area Code: 501
Size: 8,867 square miles
Population: 348,000
Location: Central America/ Caribbean
Electricity: 110 Volts AC
Currency: Belize Dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted at a rate of BZD $2 = USD $1.
Legal Drinking Age: 18
Closest Countries: Mexico and Guatemala.
Driving: Right side of the road.
Dress Code: Casual (Beach wear is not allowed in public places; nude and topless swimming and/or sunbathing are not permitted).
Beaches: All beaches are public.

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