Driving in Belize is half the fun of a vacation in this beautiful, unspoiled country as it allows you to explore the hidden nature spots and admire panoramic vistas at your own pace.

If you’re thinking of driving in Belize, here are some things you should know before renting a car:

Driver’s License

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

Rules of the Road

For American drivers, it’s very simple to drive in Belize as it’s the only other country in the world that still uses measurements like distances in miles and gasoline sold by the gallon (average price is around $5/gallon). And since Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, all the road signs are in English.

More Animals Than Cars

Although Belize has four national highways, you’ll need to pay attention when driving in this gorgeous country. Belize is almost entirely rural, so you won’t have to ever worry about traffic jams, but you’ll need to stay alert for animals that might enter the roadway.

Sleeping Policemen

In Belize, there’s not a single traffic light in the whole country. Instead, cities and villages rely on speed bumps, known locally as “sleeping policemen.” Always be sure to slow down when entering or leaving an inhabited area as some speed bumps may be poorly marked.

The Left-hand Turn

One local oddity is the procedure for making a left-hand turn. After activating your left-hand turn signal, the procedure is to pull over to the right side of the roadway. Only when traffic is clear can you then make your left-hand turn.

Roadblocks

Occasionally, you may be stopped by a police roadblock. But don’t worry; you won’t get shaken down for a bribe or hassled because you’re foreign. Just present your driver’s license and car documents, and you’ll be on your way in minutes.

Budget Extra Time for Photos and Videos

There are simply too many beautiful nature spots, amazing panoramas, and breathtaking scenic areas to simply zip through Belize without stopping to take some photographs and/or video.

Where to Rent a Car

Looking to rent your own car on your Belize vacation? Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in Belize, one in downtown Belize City and one at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport.