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Facts About Belize – Essential Information for Visitors

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Facts About Traveling to Belize

Languages in Belize

English is the official language of Belize, and is widely spoken throughout the country. Spanish is also spoken in most parts of the country, and various indigenous communities speak Maya, Garifuna, and Creole.

Here are a few different ways you’ll hear “good morning”

• “Gud Mawnin” – Kriol
• “Buiti Binafi” – Garifuna
• “Buenos dias” – Spanish

Belize Demographics

Belize has approximately 361,000 residents, including Creoles (Afro-European), Garinagus (people of African descent who emigrated from neighboring Caribbean islands), Mestizos (of Spanish and Native American descent), Maya, North Americans, and Europeans.

Taxes in Belize

Belize imposes a flat 9% tax on hotels and lodging. A sales tax of 12.5% is imposed on general goods and services.

There is an airport departure tax of $15 US required plus a $1.25 US security tax plus a Protected Areas Conservation Trust fee of $3.75 US which is used to conserve Belize’s protected areas.

Belize Time Zone

Belize is on Central Standard Time, and does not observe daylight savings time adjustments.

Tipping in Belize

Tipping is a commonplace practice, generally 10%, or up to 15% for exemplary service. In some establishments, a gratuity may be automatically added to your bill.

Geography of Belize

Belize measures 8,867 square miles, and is located on the eastern side of Central America, with a long coastline fronting the Caribbean Sea. Belize shares a northern border with Mexico while the western and southern part of the country borders Guatemala.

Water in Belize

The water in Belize is generally safe to drink.

Climate in Belize

Belize has a subtropical climate, with brisk eastern winds coming inland from the Caribbean Sea. Annual temperatures average 80F, with a green season occurring annually between June and August.

What to Wear in Belize

Belize is an informal country, so casual, comfortable and light clothing is generally commonplace. Visitors embarking on jungle excursions should wear appropriate clothing to protect against insects and thick undergrowth. Early mornings and late evenings are often cool enough to require a sweater or light jacket.

Money in Belize

The official currency of Belize is the dollar (BZD), officially pegged at 2:1 to the U.S. dollar. American dollars are generally accepted throughout the country.

Entry Requirements in Belize

Citizens of the United States, British Commonwealth, European Union, CARICOM nations, Mexico, and Costa Rica do not require a visa, but must hold a valid passport and proof of return/onward tickets.

Citizens of other nations must obtain a visa beforehand. For more information, contact your local Belizean Embassy or consulate, or inquire at the nearest British Embassy.

Belize Government

Belize is a sovereign democratic nation with an elected representative parliament. Belize is also a member of the British Commonwealth.

Airlines that fly to Belize

Airline Telephone Website
American Airlines +(501) 225-4145 www.aa.com
Avianca +(501) 225-2163 www.taca.com
Delta +(501) 225-3423 www.delta.com
Maya Island Air 800-225-6732 www.mayaairways.com
Southwest Airlines +(501) 225-4902 www.southwest.com
Tropic Air +(501) 226-2012 www.tropicair.com
United 800-226-3822 www.united.com
US Airways 800-622-1015 www.usairways.com

 

Arrivals

Airline Flight Time Origin
Avianca ³410 09:54 San Salvador
Tropic Air 402 10:15 Flores
United 1407 10:20 Houston
US Airways 1141 11:24 Charlotte
American Airline 2129 10:25 Miami
United ²1657 11:35 Newark
United 1410 15:17 Houston
American Airlines 2167 12:40 Miami
Delta 703 11:18 Atlanta
American Airline 2189 14:35 Dallas
Southwest Airlines 879 15:05 Houston (Hobby)
Avianca ¹414 15:42 San Salvador
United 1408 12:01 Houston
Tropic Air ¹6701 15:30 Merida
Tropic Air 6601 16:50 Cancun
Tropic Air 404 16:45 Flores

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Departures

Airline Flight Time Destination
Tropic Air 401 8:30 Flores
United 1478 11:10 Houston
Tropic Air ¹6700 11:15 Merida
American Airline 2160 11:30 Miami
Tropic Air 6600 11:30 Cancun
Delta 664 12:08 Atlanta
United ²1595 12:25 Newark
Avianca ³415 12:20 San Salvador
United 1405 12:51 Houston
US Airways 1142 12:59 Charlotte
American Airlines 2110 13:45 Miami
Tropic Air 403 15:00 Flores
American Airline 2184 15:40 Dallas
Southwest Airlines 1013 16:00 Houston (Hobby)
United 1406 16:07 Houston
Avianca ³411 17:05 San Salvador

 

Questions about visiting Belize? Send us an email or call 239- 494- 3281. We will love to help you plan your Belize vacation and tours!

 

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