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Belize Travel information – What You Need to Know Before You Visit

Many people have seen the gorgeous photos of Belize online before booking their trip, but it’s important to be prepared so that you know what to expect when you arrive. In this article, we’ll tell you all the Belize travel information that you’ll need to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience in the country.

Visas and Passports

If you’re a citizen of the United States, Canada, the European Union, or a dozen other countries, you don’t need a visa to enter Belize and stay up to 30 days.

It is essential; however, that you have at least six months left before your passport expires.

Health and Safety

You do not need any vaccines or shots to enter Belize. There are clinics throughout the country that can easily handle any minor issue. Pharmacies are common throughout Belize and stock a full range of goods and over the counter medications.

No country is ever 100% safe from crime, but tourism is an important part of the Belizean economy and tourists are rarely the victims of serious crimes.

Electricity

Belize uses the same plugs and voltage as in the United States and Canada. Any appliance or device that works in North America will work in Belize.

Clothing

Belize has a year-round balmy climate and a very casual dress code, so you won’t need to pack formal wear or winter clothes. Visitors are recommended to bring light, loose, comfortable clothing and a sweater or jacket for occasionally chilly nights.

For excursions into the interior, long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended along with insect repellent and sturdy hiking shoes.

Belize has thousands of islands as well as rivers, lagoons, and waterfalls, so most visitors bring a swimsuit. For individuals with fair skin, it is imperative to bring a hat, sunglasses, and/or sunscreen.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Belize, although bottled water is widely available. Because of the strong sun and warm temperatures, visitors are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant about staying hydrated.

Renting a Vehicle

If you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, you can rent and drive a vehicle in Belize.

If you’re looking to rent a vehicle in Belize, Tour Belize Auto Rental is the premier rental company in the country with two convenient locations, including one at the terminal of the international airport and the other in Belize City.

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20% Off Car Rentals in Belize

Tour Belize Auto Rental is now offering a 20% discount on every vehicle in their fleet during the summer of 2017. The special reduced price is available beginning now until October 31, 2017, on any vehicle rental from Tour Belize Auto Rental.

Summer is a great time to visit Belize and the special summer pricing of 20% off allows visitors to explore the country during the summer and see all the best parts of Belize.

Summer in Belize is a time of warm days and ample sunshine, but not the excessive heat found in many places across North America. Daytime highs average 82F (28C) and nighttime lows average around 79F (26C) with steady offshore breezes that keep humidity at bay.

September and October are both great months to visit Belize. The month of September is the most patriotic month on the calendar as locals celebrate two important national holidays.

September 10 is St. George’s Caye Day, a holiday that celebrates the decisive naval victory of British and local forces over a Spanish fleet off the coast of St. George’s Caye (an island just offshore from Belize City). September 21 is Independence Day when Belizeans celebrate becoming a sovereign nation in 1981. Throughout the entire month, visitors can attend street parties, see parades, hear patriotic poems and songs, and see the entire country decked out in the national colors of red, white, and blue.

Visitors coming to Belize in September can avail themselves of the new reduced price on vehicle rentals from Tour Belize Auto Rental to enjoy all of the festivities and fun. Tour Belize Auto Rental rents a variety of 4WD and 2WD vehicles perfectly suited to the terrain of Belize.

October is another prime month for budget travelers as it falls during the historic “low season” with fewer crowds and great prices on accommodations and tours. Tour Belize Auto Rental’s special 20% reduced prices are valid until the end of the month, allowing visitors to travel the country and visit the hidden gems in the country.

Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in the country, including an office at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport and another office in Belize City.

Tour Belize Auto Rental also offers free pick up and drop offs of clients from the Sir Barry Bowen Airport (Belize Municipal Airport), the Belize City bus station, the water taxi terminal in Belize City, and any hotel in Belize City whenever they rent a car.

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Belize Car Rentals

All international flights land at the Philip Goldson International Airport (three-digit code: BZE) in Ladyville, a small village located nine miles from Belize City. Once in the country, visitors have several options for exploring the rest of the country, including expensive domestic flights, overcrowded but highly affordable buses, taxis, and vehicle rentals.

Tour Belize Auto Rental is the country’s premier company for rental vehicles. Formerly the independent franchisee representative of Thrifty Car Rental, Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations, one right at the international airport terminal and one in downtown Belize City.

Tour Belize Auto Rental has a full fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles available for rent, including 4WD SUVs and 2WD pick-up trucks that can easily handle the driving conditions in Belize. Belize has four large, modern highways that criss-cross the country connecting the larger towns and cities, but many of the smaller roads and byways are unpaved. To access some sites in Belize, cars must perform a creek or river crossing which cannot be performed without an all-wheel drive vehicle.

Anyone with a valid driver’s license in their home country can rent and drive a vehicle in Belize. Just like in the United States, cars drive on the right, distances on sign posts are measured in miles, and gasoline is sold by the gallon. Because Belize has only very limited petroleum resources, gasoline averages around 5 $USD per gallon, and there are gas stations located in and around all bigger towns and villages.

Tour Belize Auto Rental rents high-quality vehicles starting at just $65 USD per day. Every vehicle comes with unlimited mileage with every rental. Since 1993, Tour Belize Auto Rental has been helping visitors get the most out of their Belize vacation by having their own vehicle with which to explore the hidden passages and beautiful natural areas that make the country such a popular vacation destination.

Driving in Belize is relatively safe, although there are a few differences from driving in the United States. There are no traffic lights in Belize. Instead, towns and villages rely on large speed bumps, affectionally known by locals as “sleeping policemen.” Rural roads may have insufficient lighting at night, and unpaved roads can be difficult or impossible to navigate during or after strong rains.

Having your own rental vehicle allows you to explore the country on your own itinerary. Instead of being hamstrung by flight schedules, expensive shuttle services, or overcrowded public buses, choose a clean, safe, modern rental vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental Ltd.

 

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10 Things to Know About Driving in Belize

Driving is a fun and exciting way to explore Belize at your own pace. If you’re considering renting your own vehicle, here are 10 things you should know about driving in Belize:

License

If you have a valid driver’s license in your own country, you can rent and drive a vehicle in Belize.

Miles and Gallons

Belize is the only country besides the United States that still hasn’t converted to the metric system. Road signs and mileposts are expressed in miles, and gasoline is sold by the gallon (at around $5 USD/gallon).

Sleeping Policemen

There are not a lot of traffic lights in Belize. Instead, cities and villages rely on speed bumps, known locally as “sleeping policemen.” Always slow down when approaching an inhabited area.

Highways and Byways

Driving in Belize used to be difficult because few roads were paved. Today, four major highways crisscross the country, connecting all of the bigger towns and cities. Some smaller roads and byways, however, remain unpaved, so exercise caution when navigating these roads, especially following a rainstorm.

Checkpoints

Don’t be surprised if you’re pulled over at a police checkpoint. But unlike other countries in the region, you will not be pressured to cough up a bribe or fined for a phony offense. As long as your papers are in order, you’ll be on your way within minutes.

Night Driving

It’s generally not a good idea to drive at night in Belize. Beyond the problem of a lack of illumination on many roads, nighttime makes it very hard to see wildlife, bicyclists, potholes, and pedestrians.

Safety

In general, driving in Belize is just as safe as in other countries. However, prudent precautions include: locking up valuables out of sight, parking your car in a secure area, and being alert for inebriated drivers on the road.

Left Hand Turns

Outside of cities, some Belizean drivers who want to execute a left-hand turn will, curiously, pull over to the right while simultaneously illuminating their right-hand turn signal while waiting for traffic to clear to make the left-hand turn.

Buses

Most Belizeans travel across the country on buses. Always be alert for disembarking passengers to unexpectedly enter the roadway.

Vehicles

To ensure comfortable clearance and navigation of smaller roads, it is recommended that you rent an all-wheel drive vehicle when driving in Belize.

Tour Belize Auto Rental is your premier partner for vehicle rentals in Belize. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations, including one right at the terminal of the international airport in Belize City.

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7 Reasons Why Belize Should Be on Your Bucket List

7 Reasons Why Belize Should Be on Your Bucket List

Visit Belize This Year

With all of the biggest airlines in the United States and Canada now offering non-stop flights to Belize, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to visit this little-known Caribbean paradise.

Here are 7 great reasons why Belize should definitely be on your bucket list:

Tropical Islands

Belize has hundreds of gorgeous islands with swaying palm trees, sugar white beaches, and crystal clear waters. The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with life, a paradise for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing.

Belize Jungle

As if the islands weren’t enough, Belize is also blessed to have lush rainforests and verdant jungles on the mainland, an incredibly diverse ecosystem where you can spot 100 different bird species in the morning, see howler monkeys at play in the afternoon, and catch a glimpse of a jaguar prowling through the jungle in the evening.

The Belize Blue Hole

A completely natural formation measuring nearly 1,000 feet across and more than 400 feet deep, the Belize Blue Hole was rated by famed marine biologist and explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive sites in the world.

The Ancient Maya

Long before the Europeans arrived, the ancient Maya built a network of enormous cities up and down Central America. Belize was the heartland of that empire, and today has more Maya ruins than anywhere else. Travelers can explore sacred caves where ancient priests conducted human sacrifices, climb giant pyramids, or watch a spectacular sunrise in places like Altun Ha, Xunantunich, and Tikal just over the border in Guatemala.

Belize Cave Tubing

Invented in Belize, cave tubing is a popular activity unlike anything else. Participants use canoes or inflatable inner tubes to float miles along subterranean rivers.

Belize Food

Do you like fresh-caught fish, lobster, conch, and other seafood? Belize has it all. Plus, the country is famous for its delicious, organic produce, including pineapple, mangos, coffee, chocolate, and cashews.

Belize Adventures

Belize is the perfect place to get away from the stresses of modern-day life and enjoy the great outdoors. Visitors can horseback ride through a national park, zip line through the jungle canopy, canoe down a pristine river, and picnic at the base of a waterfall among many other exciting adventure activities.

Tour Belize Auto Rental is the premier car rental agency in Belize, allowing travelers to explore the country at their own pace. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations, including one at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City.

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Best Places to Visit in Belize During The Summer Season

Summer is upon us, which means now is the perfect time to enjoy a great vacation in Belize. Abundant sunshine, the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, and a host of great festivals make Belize the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable summer vacation in Belize.

The summer months fall during the “low season” when fewer tourists come to Belize, meaning visitors can enjoy discounts of up to 40% on lodging and tours. Recently, Southwest Airlines added a third non-stop flight to Belize, and all the increased competition from the likes of American, Delta, and United mean that you can get really great deals on airfare to Belize from major cities across the United States.

On your summer vacation in Belize, be sure to visit:

San Ignacio Town

Known as the eco-tourism capital of the west, San Ignacio is the gateway to the pristine Cayo District, a pristine natural area home to enormous parks, waterfalls, rivers, and mountains.

Perhaps the town’s most iconic attraction is its open air market on the banks of the Macal River where farmers and artisans from all across the region meet to exchange gossip and sell their wares, including produce, dairy, handicrafts, and even traditional medicines.

Hopkins

Hopkins is a small village located on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize. Home to the Garifuna people, an Afro-Caribbean culture that successfully preserved its unique language, dance, and culinary traditions, Hopkins has regularly been voted as the friendliest village in Belize.

Placencia

Placencia is a north-south strip of golden beaches located on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize. Famous for the beauty of its beaches in a country with hundreds of miles of beaches, Placencia has a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates its “barefoot ready” motto. Known as the gateway to the southern Belize Barrier Reef, Placencia is an eco-tourism hub where bicycles and golf carts are the main form of transportation.

Dangriga

Known as the cultural capital of Belize, Dangriga has a thriving music scene and is the location where Belize’s indigenous “punta rock” musical genre was developed. Visitors can expect to see street dancing, hear Garifuna drumming, and enjoy karaoke and fun at one of the many lively entertainment venues in town.

Tour Belize Auto Rental is the premier car rental agency in Belize, allowing visitors to explore the wonders of Belize at their own pace. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in the country, including at the international terminal of the airport in Belize City.

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