Belize is a small, friendly country with a network of paved highways that makes it easy to get from one place to another. If you’re considering renting a car in Belize, here’s what you need to know.
Your Driver’s License
If you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, you can rent and drive a car in Belize.
English is the official language, which means that all road and street signs will be in English.
The United States and Belize are the last two countries in the world that use miles for distance and gallons for gasoline. While prices fluctuate, gasoline averages around $5 USD per gallon.
Just as in Canada and the United States, people drive on the right-hand side of the road in Belize. Most of the rules of the road in Belize are the same too with one exception.
There is a tradition in Belize that drivers wanting to turn left pulled over to the right. They then wait for oncoming traffic to clear before making the left turn. Always watch out for drivers unexpectedly turning left when their turn signal is indicating to the right.
In Belize, there are no traffic lights. Instead, the country relies on speed bumps, known affectionately by locals as “sleeping policemen.” Be aware that these are not always well-marked. The entrances and exits to all towns, villages, and residential areas will have these sleeping policemen.
GPS and Addresses
While a GPS system can certainly locate your position in terms of longitude and latitude, it won’t be of much help in navigating to a specific address. Many streets, houses, and buildings in Belize have no address markings. The best way to find a specific address is to ask a friendly local.
Don’t Drive at Night
Most of Belize’s roads have insufficient illumination at nighttime. Other hazards include poor road conditions, people in the roadway and animals in the roadway. Whenever possible, avoid driving at nighttime in Belize.
Don’t Fear Roadblocks
In Belize, you’re likely to encounter a police roadblock. These are designed purely to enforce traffic laws, not to harass visitors or shake them down for a bribe. Simply show the police officer your driver’s license and registration papers, and you’ll be fine.