What’s the TIME in belize? +

Time zone is the same as US Central Standard Time. Belize does not observe daylight savings time, however, so March through November Belize is an hour behind CST.

What’s the GEOGRAPHY? +

Belize comprises an area of 8,867 square miles. More than 65 percent of the country is forested. There are over 150 offshore islands and Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world.

What is the population and language of belize? +

Total population is 321,115. English is the official language, but Spanish is spoken by almost half the population. Garifuna (Carib), Maya and Creole are also spoken as well as a German dialect (by the Mennonites).

what kind of CURRENCY do I need? +

The official currency for Belize is the Belize Dollar. The exchange rate is approximately BZ$2 to US$1 and currency can be exchanged at banks and hotels. Most businesses accept US Dollars and Credit Cards (American Express, Discovery, Master and Visa Cards). The tourism industry is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and most recently oil.

do i need a VISA or just my passport? +

US Travelers: Passports are required for all travelers, including children. Passports must be valid for the intended length of stay. Visas are not required.  

If traveling from another country, please refer to your government for specific entry and exit requirements.

Will my cell phone work in belize? +

In order to have mobile cellular service in Belize, an unlocked GSM (Global System Mobile Communication) 1900 MHz cellular phone is required.

what about PRESCRIPTIONS? +

When traveling to Belize, please remember to bring all your prescription medication with you. There is a small pharmacy located at the International Airport and in Dangriga.

How’s DRIVING in Belize? +

Driving in Belize is safe in the more populated areas as the roads are paved. For Belize adventure touring, it is recommended to get a four wheel drive vehicle if you are exploring a great deal of the country.

What CLIMATE should I expect? +

The climate is subtropical, with a cooling breeze from the Caribbean Sea. Belize has an annual average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer high temperatures seldom exceed 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter lows are rarely below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is between June and August and the dry season is February through May.

What kind of CLOTHING should I bring? +

Belize is an informal country, with a very casual lifestyle. Bring your shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits, as well as some comfortable shoes. Hopkins Bay Belize is barefoot luxury at its best! Other suggestions for your Belize adventure tours: A cap to protect your head from the tropical sun when you are boating or fishing. Loose fitting, light colored cotton pants and shirts, along with a comfortable pair of hiking shoes for exploring the mainland or trekking through the rain forest. A backpack, water bottle, snacks, camera and binoculars are also handy accessories for travel in Belize. Evenings can be cool in the winter seasons and a light wrap is suggested.

When is the best time to travel? +

With incredible natural beauty, interesting history, and an extraordinarily rich and diverse cultures, there is no bad time to visit Belize. Mid-November to mid-April is considered high season as people look to escape winter and enjoy some tropical sunshine. The weather in Belize is great during this time of year but you will also experience more crowds and higher prices. May is perfect and summers are spectacular with beautiful weather in the islands and a higher chance of showers on the coast and in the jungle. Summer is a wonderful time of year for families that want to experience all that Belize has to offer. The fall is considered slow season when bargains abound and travelers on a budget can make their money stretch a long way. Aside from the risk of the occasional tropical disturbance, the weather in the fall is very mild. So take your pick of the seasons. There are amazing experiences to be had down here 365 days a year.  

Is Belize safe? +

Belize is one of the safest tourist destinations in Central America and the Caribbean Basin. As a developing country, it has its share of problems, but the country’s statistics are skewed by high rates of violent crime in Belize City. This is largely the result of gang activity that is extremely localized and away from areas frequented by tourists. Outside of Belize City, the country is safe for tourists that take the same smart precautions that anyone would advise you to take in the major cities of the United States: avoid walking alone at night, use the buddy system when out drinking, do not buy or use drugs, and do not let anyone into your hotel room. In addition, we suggest using reputable tour and transfer operators booked through your resort when venturing out to see the country. Crime, and especially violent crime, against tourists is very rare and typically avoidable. Anyone can come and enjoy this beautiful country without fear of criminal activity. 

Do I need shots before I travel? +

None are required, but you might consider a gamma globulin shot for hepatitis A and B as they are a good idea anytime you travel as are boosters for tetanus. As for malaria pills, they can cause unpleasant side effects so many people choose to do without.  We don’t take them ourselves.

Is tap water safe to drink? +

While the tap water is technically safe to drink, we do not recommend that you do so.

What do I pack? +

Belize is an informal country, with a very casual lifestyle. Bring your shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits, as well as some comfortable shoes. Hopkins Bay Belize is barefoot luxury at its best! Other suggestions for your Belize adventure tours: A cap to protect your head from the tropical sun when you are boating or fishing. Loose fitting, light colored cotton pants and shirts, along with a comfortable pair of hiking shoes for exploring the mainland or trekking through the rain forest. A backpack, water bottle, snacks, camera and binoculars are also handy accessories for travel in Belize. Evenings can be cool in the winter seasons and a light wrap is suggested.

What adapters do I bring? +

Voltage is 110 and outlets are the same as in the USA.

What tours are recommended with small children? +

Horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, ziplining, snorkeling, tours of Maya sites, the caves, and the zoo are a few family favorites.

What is an atoll? +

An atoll is a ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands made of coral. Belize is home to 3 of the 4 atolls in the Western Hemisphere!

What is a caye? +

A caye (cay or key) is a small, low-elevation, sandy island on the surface of a coral reef.

Any unique rules for traveling children? +

When children are not traveling with both parents, immigration officials often request signed documentation to establish the children are traveling with the permission of both parents.  Such documentation may include notarized letters from the parent(s), custody or adoption papers, and death certificates in situations where one or both parents are deceased.

What is the departure tax? +

All tourists and non-Belizean citizens are required to pay an exit fee of approximately US$40 (this fee may be included in your airline ticket, please check with your airline before your trip).

What is the drinking age in Belize? +

The legal drinking age in Belize is 18.

is tipping customary in Belize?  If so, how much? +

Tipping in Belize is always welcomed and appreciated, but not necessarily expected. Tips represent an important portion of family income for tour guides, drivers, porters, waiters and bartenders in the country. In independent bars and restaurants tipping 10 – 20% of the pretax bill is typical. At your resort, check to see if service charge has been added to your bar and restaurant bills. If not, tip as you would in an independent establishment. If a service charge has been added you should evaluate the amount (10% is typical) and decide if you wish to add extra gratuity to the check. Housekeepers to do not typically expect tips, but for good karma we always suggest leaving any left over local currency on the nightstand when you check out.