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Mountain Pine Ridge Belize

Things To Discover While Driving Through Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve  

If you are planning on taking a trip to Belize in the not-too-distant future, you simply must add the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve to your list of places to visit. This stunning park is one of the most naturally beautiful spots in the nation and is filled with unique attractions that you will remember forever.

Around 15 miles off of the Western Highway you will find the Rio On Pools. Though the road to these beautiful water features is a little rustic, the scenery that you will pass on your drive is simply stunning. Once you reach your destination, you will soon see what all the fuss was about. These ponds are a tranquil oasis where you can slide down rocks, relax beneath a waterfall, or just sit and enjoy the view.

Of course, if you really want to see some impressive waterfalls, you will need to hop back into your car and head over to Big Rock Waterfalls. This stunning waterfall cascades some 150 feet into the Privassion River, creating a spectacle like nowhere else on earth. When you see it you will understand why it is always such a popular attraction.

To take your waterfall-ing to the next level, a trip to the Thousand Foot Falls is in order. This massive cascading body of water is believed to be the tallest waterfall in Central America. Despite what you might think by looking at its name, this waterfall does not actually drop 1,000 feet. Instead, this waterfall is an impressive 1,600 feet tall.

Of course, the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve also offers visitors the chance to see the Rio Frio Cave. On warm days, this shady attraction offers weary travelers the chance to escape from the sun. Once you get inside, you can see massive stalactites, huge boulders, and even a running stream.

Aside from the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve, visitors to Belize can also take in the natural beauty of the nation at sites such as Cockscomb Basin, Xunantunich, and Cahal Pech Maya ruins. However, since these locations are quite remote, you will undoubtedly need to rent a vehicle to get from one place to the next. Luckily, Tour Belize Auto Rental offers modern and well-maintained vehicles to suit any need. To learn more about our selection of vehicle, simply visit www.tourbelizeautorental.com.
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Top 10 Things to Bring on Your Belize Vacation

Top 10 Things to Bring on Your Belize Vacation

You’ve decided to visit Belize this year, and that’s a decision you’ll always be glad you made. Here’s a handy list of the top 10 items that will make your Belize vacation perfect.

Swimsuits and beach gear. Our sparkling clean, white sand beaches are too good to pass up. Bring more than one! You’ll need extra bathing suits for scuba diving, snorkeling and visiting the offshore islands and cayes.

Insect repellent. Belize is surrounded by lush, tropical jungle and many of your adventures will take place deep in the woods. If you don’t want your vacation ruined by countless bug and mosquito bites, bring a repellent.

Cameras. Bring a camera to capture every moment and every unforgettable sight.

Passport and a photocopy. Before you enter the country, make a photocopy of your passport and keep the copy in a separate piece of luggage. If anything happens to your passport, having a copy of it makes things much easier. This is a good idea anytime you travel.

Good-quality rain jacket. If you’re visiting Belize in the “green season,” meaning June through November, you might hit unexpected downpours. Carry a good, protective water-resistant jacket to get you through them.

Credit cards and cash. You can use U.S. dollars in most places in Belize. Keep a few dollars in Belize dollars for more rural areas where people prefer to use them. Credit cards are acceptable at most hotel, resort and tour companies.

Sun hats. You may not be used to a warm, intense sun that beams down on you all day. You can wear baseball hats, but they are not that protective. A proper, wide-brimmed sun hat is a smart choice for both men and women. It looks jaunty, too!

Shoes for your adventures. Although you’re probably packing all your flip-flops, don’t forget to pack shoes for all your Belize excursions. You will need rubber-soled river shoes for cave tubing, snorkeling and other aquatic adventures. You’ll need your hiking boots if you want to climb Maya ruins, explore caves, hike or go zip-lining.

Driver’s license to rent a car from TourBelize Auto Rental. Driving your own roomy, comfortable SUV is the best way to tour all of Belize. You can easily carry all your luggage and your expedition gear.

If you want to experience the fun and adventure of Belize, contact TourBelize Auto Rental and reserve your car now.

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spring Break in Belize

Spring Break in Belize

Each and every year, tens of thousands of people travel to exotic locations around the world to enjoy spring break. However, there are few destinations that can compete with Belize. This beautiful Central American nation offers abundant sunshine and a wide variety of interesting things for you to do.

For travelers who want nothing more than the chance to sit in the sand and enjoy a nice beverage, the stunning beaches of Belize are sure to be a draw. Though there are plenty of beaches for you to choose from, Ambergris Caye, Placencia Peninsula, and Hopkins Village beaches are always among the most popular with tourists.

Of course, if you and your group are feeling adventurous, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Belize. Many visitors love taking a trip out into one of Belize’s lush jungles. This not only allows you to explore a landscape unlike any other but also gives you the chance to spot exotic animals such as scarlet macaws, keel-billed toucans, and black howler monkeys.

If, however, you would prefer to spend time in Belize’s beautiful blue waters, then a trip to the Belize Barrier Reef is an absolute must. This stunning attraction is located approximately 1,000 feet offshore and is the second longest of its kind in the entire world. While there, you will be able to go snorkeling or scuba diving and get a close-up look at the most than 500 species of fish that call the area home.

As anyone who has ever visited the region can testify, Belize is a nation that is jam-packed with culture and history. As such, no spring break trip to the area would be complete without a visit to some ancient Maya ruins. These ruins will give your group the chance to marvel at the stunning architecture of the Maya people as well as giving you a glimpse into how they once lived and worshipped.

Of course, no matter what you plan to do during your trip to Belize, you will need a vehicle to take you from place to place. Luckily, the team at Tour Belize Auto Rental is on hand to help. Our fleet of modern and well-maintained vehicles is perfect for traversing the highways and trails of Belize. To learn more about our company and our service offerings, simply visit our website at any time.

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La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge – It’s more than just a race

Belize is a wonderful country full of all sorts of amazing people, musicians, meals, and events. The La Ruta Maya race is notable because it brings local Belizeans and the international community together to enjoy all of those things over the course of the better half of a week.

Belize’s La Ruta Maya is a canoe race that begins under San Ignacio’s Hawksworth Bridge. Three-person teams competitively paddle over four days and 180 miles to be the first to cross the finish line at Belize City’s Belcan Bridge.

The event began in 1995, intended as a charity stunt with all proceeds going toward restoring the Belize River. Since then, it has metamorphosed into a massive international competition that draws hundreds of teams. There are multiple categories for winning teams: all-male; all-female; mixed; all from a single family; dory; intramural; pleasure craft teams and “Masters,” consisting of teams of 40+-year-old competitors.

Generally speaking, the race starts the first week of March each year. It has been so helpful to Belize’s tourism industry that its beginning overlaps with other nautical events on Baron Bliss Day, a national holiday.

While spectators are free to cheer along any stretch of the 180 mile race, many choose to cheer along each day’s checkpoint. San Ignacio, where the race begins, and its twin town of Santa Elena comprise the second-largest metropolitan area in Belize. This means that visitors will have plenty of ways to get around the country. Additionally, the end of each day’s race involves the competitors coming ashore to enjoy the local festivities of three different host villages.

If you have ever wanted to experience authentic Belizean cuisine; try the rice and beans with stew chicken, ceviche, and cochinita pibil or savor an ice-cold Beliken beer or a glass of Craboo wine…these are just a few reasons to visit Belize and bask in the energies of La Ruta Maya.

If this event sounds like something you would love to see for yourself, you will need some transportation to get around. To that end, consider renting a vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental. We have two offices: one within the Belize International Airport and the other in Belize City. You can rent a car and have the freedom to explore the Belizean countryside with a vehicle equipped for off-road traveling.

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Enjoy the freedom to go where you like when you rent a car in Belize. Having your own wheels make it easy and enjoyable to explore all that Belize has to offer.

Top Five Reasons to Rent a Car in Belize

Enjoy the freedom to go where you like when you rent a car in Belize. Having your own wheels make it easy and enjoyable to explore all that Belize has to offer.
Below are five reasons why you should rent a car on your Belize vacation.
1. Enjoy the Scenery. 

Belize is filled with breathtaking scenery at every turn. Driving allows you to savor all of this at your own pace. A drive down the Hummingbird Highway is a scenic outing that shouldn’t be rushed. The winding highways that lead to the borders of Guatemala and Mexico are lined with unforgettable sights. A car lets you stop and take pictures, watch wildlife and birds, or just enjoy and unwind on your own schedule.

2. It’s Easy to Drive in Belize

You don’t have to worry about getting used to driving in Belize. You drive on the right. Belize uses miles instead of kilometers, and gas is sold in gallons. All we ask is that you observe the speed limit, which is usually under 55 mph. In bad weather or on unpaved roads, you’ll need to go even slower. Enjoy the slow, easy pace of life that makes Belize special.

3. Go More Places. 

Belize is a small country, but even so, getting from one end of it to the other can take some time. What if you want to see it all? You could make plans to take buses, local airlines, taxis or water taxis. Those fares start to add up, especially if you’re in a group. Take control of your travel costs with your own, convenient transportation.

4. Design Your Own Itinerary.

Belize is packed with things to do. You might want to spend one day hiking, zip-lining or taking a wild river ride. The next day, you might be in the mood to learn more about Belize‘s rich, fascinating history. Maybe you want to pack the kids into the car and go the zoo in the morning and the beach in the afternoon. With a car, you can fit it all in.

5. Tour Belize Auto Rental Makes It a No-Brainer. 

When you rent a car from Tour Belize Auto Rental, you get more than just a comfortable car that’s perfect for your Belize adventures. You get free pickup and drop-off at the airport, bus stops, water taxi marinas and select hotels. You’ll enjoy driving our spacious, rugged SUVs and crossovers.

Make your Belize adventure truly unforgettable with a rental car from Tour Belize Auto Rental.

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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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