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Is Renting a Car in Belize Safe?

Is Renting a Car in Belize Safe?

In short, the answer is a resounding yes. Anyone with a valid driver’s license in their home country can rent a car in Belize, and the rules of the road are almost identical to those in the United States. In fact, Belize and the United States are the last two countries on the planet where distances are still measured in miles.

Driving in Belize is fairly straightforward. Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road, and all road signs are in English. Except for gasoline being a bit more expensive (around $5/gallon), the only major difference about driving in Belize is that, traditionally, drivers use a right-hand turn signal when they want to turn left. The practice is to pull over to the right to wait for oncoming traffic to clear before making a left-hand turn.

The country has four national highways, and these Belize highways are two-land roadways that are completely paved and upgraded to modern standards. Other than that, most Belize roads are either dirt or gravel and may require rugged, four-wheel drive vehicles to traverse, especially following periods of rain. The four national highways connect all the major urban areas together, including the Mexican border south to Belize City, Belize City to Belmopan, San Ignacio, and the border with Guatemala, and Belmopan to Dangriga and south to Punta Gorda.

There are no traffic lights in Belize, even in the biggest cities. Instead, all residential areas rely on speed bumps, affectionally known as sleeping policemen. As some speed bumps are poorly marked and can be quite large, drivers are warned to slow down when entering built-up areas. Highway speeds are 55 miles per hour maximum and up to 40 miles per hour in urban areas.

Drivers in Belize can expect police road checks, but unlike in other neighboring countries, visitors will not be pressured to pay off phony offenses. As long as your driver’s license and registration papers are in order, you’ll be good to go. Be aware that hitchhiking in Belize is illegal and that every person in the car will be arrested if narcotics or other illegal contraband is found.

If you’re ready to explore the highways and byways of Belize for yourself, be sure to rent your vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental, a locally-owned company with two convenient locations in downtown Belize City and at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport.

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Best Car Rental Company in Belize

The Best Car Rental Company in Belize

Looking for a car rental in Belize? The good news is that you have a lot of choices. But finding the best car rental in Belize can be difficult as you’ll have to compare and contrast each company’s daily rates, customer service, fees, and pickup and return policies.

Instead of getting a headache as you try to find which car rental company in Belize to choose, trust Tour Belize Auto Rental. With very competitive prices and an intuitive online booking system, Tour Belize makes it very easy to rent a car in Belize City or anywhere else in the country. Indeed, you can drop off your rental vehicle or have a car delivered to any destination in Belize, including Corozal, Orange Walk, Belmopan, Dangriga, Hopkins, San Ignacio, and Placencia.

Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in the country, one in downtown Belize City and one at the international terminal of the Philip S.W. Goldson Airport. Tour Belize Auto Rental has a large fleet of modern, rugged vehicles perfectly suited for exploring the landscape of Belize, including Jeep Renegades, Nissan Armadas, Kia Sorentos, and Nissan X-Terras. In addition, Tour Belize Auto Rental also rents Nissan Frontier pickup trucks.

Tour Belize Auto Rental offers unlimited mileage with every rental. Since 1993, Tour Belize Auto Rental has been providing reliable, well-maintained, modern vehicles to visitors who want the freedom to explore the natural beauty and exciting attractions in Belize, including national parks, ancient Maya ruins, wilderness sanctuaries, and traditional villages.

Vehicle rentals start at just $65 US per day. Reservations can easily be made ahead of time using Tour Belize’s online booking system. Once confirmed, all you’ll need to do is pick up your vehicle to begin enjoying the sights and sounds of Belize.

Belize is a relatively small country with a national network of four paved highways, making it very easy to get to just about any destination in around three hours or less. Signs are all posted in English, and the rules of the road are almost identical to those in the United States, making it very easy for Americans to get around. If you’re a tourist and you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, that’s all you’ll need to drive a car in Belize!

If you’re planning a vacation or visit to Belize and want the freedom to explore the country on your own timetable, be sure to rent your car from Tour Belize Auto Rental.

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Roads and Highways in Belize

Roads and Highways in Belize

Roads and Highways in Belize

Belize is a rather small country, but a modern network of highways and roads make it easy to get to just about any destination in three hours or less. The main roads and highways are paved and in excellent conditions, but some smaller roads and paths are unpaved.

Belize Highways

Belize has four major highways that connect all of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

  • The Philip Goldson Highway – Commonly referred to as the Northern Highway, this highway connects Belize City to the northern Corozal District and the border with Mexico. This highway passes through Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town before terminating at the Rio Hondo border crossing.
  • The George Price Highway – Commonly referred to as the Western Highway, this highway connects Belize City towards major points in the center and western part of the country, terminating at the Guatemalan border.
    The highway passes through Hattieville Village, Belmopan, San Ignacio, and terminates at the Benque Viejo del Carmen border crossing.
  • The Hummingbird Highway – This highway connects the capital of Belmopan with the southeastern coast of Belize. The highway terminates in downtown Dangriga in Stann Creek District.
  • The Southern Highway – This highway connects Dangriga to all major points in the southern part of the country. The Southern Highway begins in Dangriga and passes through Hopkins Village, Riversdale, Seine Bight, Placencia, Monkey River Town, Silver Creek, Blue Creek, Barranco, Crique Sarco, and Punta Gorda before terminating five miles south of Punta Gorda in Toledo District.

There is also a road in Belize called the Coastal Highway or the Manatee Highway that connects the George Price Highway west of Belize City with parts of Stann Creek District near Dangriga, but this is not a paved road, and many sections are in very rough condition. The slower driving speeds do not compensate for the shorter distance between Belize City and the southeastern coast, so drivers are recommended to use the Hummingbird Highway.

Belize has an additional 1,000 miles of smaller roads and byways, but these can be very difficult to negotiate in periods of adverse weather and require a rugged four-wheel drive vehicle.

Tour Belize Auto Rental has a complete fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles for rent for travelers that are perfect for driving on the roads and highways in Belize. Tour Belize has two convenient locations in the country, one at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport and one in downtown Belize City.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Belize in February

February is for lovers and it’s also for lovers of great vacations. Belize is a great choice if you’re looking to escape the winter chill and enjoy some sun, sand, and fun. Below are five great reasons to visit Belize in February:
1. Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival 
This spirited, lively festival brings together all the best of Belize culture. Artists, musicians and chefs from all over the country gather to show off their handmade artwork, jewelry, fabrics, pottery and more. Enjoy live music, dancing and the best street food you ever tasted. This year, the event is being held on February 9th and 10th in Placencia Village.
 
2. Maya Mysteries 
Belize is home to some of the most impressive and best-known Maya temples and pyramids. This ancient, advanced civilization left behind impressive sites that are still standing thousands of years later. You can drive to Xunantunich or Cahal Pech and make a day out of exploring the ancient empire that once ruled this region. You can also visit Caracol, another popular Maya City located in Cayo.
 
3. The Belize Zoo 
The Belize Zoo is noteworthy for being one of the first and only zoos that was founded to rescue animals. The animals here were all orphaned, rehabilitated, rescued from other zoos or saved from entertainment attractions. The zoo is a 29-acre wildlife sanctuary that is home to over 175 native species including toucans, jaguars, mountain lions, crocodiles, spider monkeys, kinkajoos and more. It is also the first wheelchair-accessible nature reserve in Belize.
4. Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve 
This huge preserve just outside of San Ignacio lets you experience all the wild beauty of Belize. You can walk or hike along old logging trails, explore limestone caves and untouched rainforest, swim in clear blue lakes and streams, bird-watch or spot wildlife. The Maya ruins of Caracol are just a short drive away.
5. Cave Tubing 
There’s nothing like cave tubing in Belize. If you like river adventures, this is one that the whole family can enjoy. Your trip takes you down a sparkling river through the untouched rainforest. Be on the lookout for monkeys, tropical birds, tapirs and big cats. You’ll go through a series of caves that were used as burial sites by the ancient Maya. This is a ride that you will never forget.
 
Driving in Belize is Fun and Easy
February is a great time to visit Belize. It’s also a great time to get a car rental from Tour Belize Auto Rental, where you’ll find the best rates and the best selection. Driving in Belize gives you the freedom to go wherever you want on your own schedule. It’s fun and easy driving here, so give Tour Belize Auto Rental a call and get ready to roll.
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4 Reasons You Should Rent a car in Belize on Your Next Vacation

For travelers wanting to explore the country at their own pace, the best option is to rent a car in Belize. Anyone with a valid driver’s license in their home country can legally drive a car in Belize, one of the best ways to see the gorgeous countryside and lush nature that make the country such a popular destination.

Here are four reasons why you should choose to rent a car in Belize on your vacation:

1 – Faster and More Convenient

Belize is a relatively small country, but trying to navigate it using the public bus network can challenge all but the most determined budget travelers. Having your own car allows you to see the sites that you want to see without having to negotiate complex schedules and multiple stops. And with your own car, you’ll never have to worry about shuttle schedules or waiting for tour groups to assemble before you can depart.

2 – Allows You to Get Off the “Beaten Path”

In Belize, escaping the beaten path is something a quite literal adventure in navigating bumpy, unpaved roads to find hidden gems of nature or mysterious ancient Maya ruins. Tour Belize Auto Rental has a wide selection of all-wheel drive vehicles perfectly suited for navigating the hidden lanes and byways of the Belizean countryside.

3 – Cheaper

There is a well-developed domestic flight network in Belize, but taking a 45-minute jaunt to popular destinations can sometimes cost an arm and a leg. Renting your own vehicle is usually cheaper and a more affordable option for getting around, and the drive is usually half the fun of getting there!

4 – More Comfortable

Whether it’s crowded public buses or riding in a taxi, a lengthy journey in Belize can tax any travelers. When you rent your own vehicle, you’ll travel in comfort and style. Whether you choose to drive with the windows down or you engage the air-conditioning, you’ll feel refreshed and rested when you get to your destination when you drive your own rental vehicle. Every vehicle in the Tour Belize Auto Rental fleet is a modern, well-maintained car with ample room for passengers and luggage.

If you are visiting and want to rent a car in Belize, look no further than Tour Belize Auto Rental. The company has two convenient locations in the country, including one in downtown Belize City and the other at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson airport.

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Frommers recommends Belize for your next Caribbean Destination

If you are looking for a truly unique vacation destination that provides you with unforgettable experiences, start planning your trip to Belize. Almost one million American tourists visit Belize each year for brief periods when their cruise ship stops at a port-of-call, but far fewer tourists actually spend a lengthy period of time in this country enjoying all that it offers. Because of this, Belize is one of the few Caribbean destinations that can provide you with an unspoiled vacation experience.

Many people who plan a trip to Belize are initially inspired to do so by seeing stunning pictures of pristine, white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. Belize has an almost rectangular shape that features almost 174 miles of coastline and that extends inland for approximately 62 miles. While you understandably may plan to spend a lot of time at the beach in Belize, you may also want to venture out on the water. This area is home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef and is a well-known snorkeling and scuba destination.

You also should venture inland to explore the country’s diverse geographic features. This includes tropical jungles, lowland forests, the Maya Mountains, two rivers, caves and more. Wildlife and vegetation vary dramatically across all sections of the country. In fact, you can find armadillos, jaguars, tropical birds, monkeys and much more in several sanctuaries.

In smaller and larger communities throughout Belize, you will find a diverse range of cultures represented. Local residents are friendly and openly welcome travelers. Because English is the most common language spoken in Belize, a language barrier is not usually a problem. In addition, cuisine, history and more are on display for you to enjoy throughout your trip to Belize. Several famous Mayan temples are also located throughout the country as well as in nearby areas in neighboring countries.

Some tourists plan to take a shuttle to their hotel or resort and to spend their entire vacation in this very small area. They may take one or several tours offered through their hotel to get out and enjoy a few experiences. While this is one way to experience Belize, a better way may be to rent your own vehicle through Tour Belize Auto Rental. When you have a personal mode of transportation available to you, you will have the freedom to visit any location that you desire on your own terms.

Now is a great time to book an auto rental reservation for your upcoming trip.
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