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Belize

Travel guide, tips & inspiration

A fusion of tropical jungle, mayan archaeology and ocean bliss, Belize is a true hybrid of Latin American and Carribean culture making it utterly unique. With a country motto of 'go slow', you'll be charmed by the laid-back friendly locals as well as the spicy jerk chicken bbq's and unlimited rum punch (a morning swim will cure that hangover no worries). So if you're an avid hiker, diving enthusiast or beach bum, this place has it all - You better 'Belize' it!

Belize fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Belize is English, however Kriol (Belizean Creole) and spanish are also used frequently.

Belize currency

Currency

Name: Belize Dollar
Code: BZD
Symbol: BZ$
1BZ$ is approx 69c

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Time Zone

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC-06:00)

Must do's in Belize

caye caulker
Caye Caulker
This small island is as easygoing as they come. It's the epitome of island life - white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, amazing diving and snorkelling sites on the Belize Barrier Reef, plus an abudance of wildlife and forest. Be sure to check out the split, where the island is separated by a long beach and a bar. 
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Great Blue Hole
A bucketlist destination if ever there was one, the mysterious Great Blue Hole is a giant sinkhole off the coast of Belize. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is 450 feet deep, and is full of interesting rock formations that attract divers every day, not to mention the hammerhead sharks and other marine life swimming around. A thrilling day trip from the mainland!
San Ignacio
San Ignacio
Right in the heart of Cayo, this vibrant and lively town is where international travellers come to hang out because of it's contagiously happy local vibe and decent budget accommodation. If you want to check out something incredible, visit the Green Iguana Conservation Project or go and soak up the local exhibits at the House of Culture. 
San Pedro
San Pedro
If you're looking for more of a beachy destination, then head over to cute and charming San Pedro. Once you've spent the day diving with parrotfish, or snorkelling in Shark Ray Alley, head back to the town for some tasty seafood and a drink in one of the beach bars. 

Belize costs

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Beers

The typical cost of a domestic beer in Belize is BZ$4 (approx $2.78) but if you're looking for something familiar, imported beers will cost around BZ$5.48 (approx $3.80).

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Meals

The cost of a meal in Belize is BZ$8 on average (approx $5.55). Make sure you hit up the street food stalls where you can snack on delicious empanadas for as little as BZ$3 (approx $2.08).

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Taxi Ride

In need of a ride? A normal taxi tariff starts at and costs around BZ$5 per km (approx $3.47).

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Transport

Public transport in Belize costs around BZ$5 (approx $3.47) one-way. Chilling in Belize for longer? Get a monthly pass for only BZ$39 (approx $27.07).

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Hostels

Hostels in Belize start from as low as BZ$10 (approx $6.94) a night, with private doubles setting you back aorund BZ$50 (approx $34.70).

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Hotels

Belize has a range of accommodation for any traveller's needs, from camping to pure beachside luxury. Put you feet up and relax in a midrange hotel for BZ$100 (approx $69.40)

How to travel to Belize

You can fly to Belize City from most major airports in Australia, and it can take anywhere from 17+ hours. Already in Central America? If you're on a short time-frame, flying between cities is your easiest option. Alternatively get into and around Belize by bus (from the budget chicken bus to the luxury of AC) or for the tropical islands hop on a San Pedro ferry or speed boat from the city. 
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Belize Adventure Tours

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Mayan Sun - Antigua to Playa del Carmen
Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatan sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day Central American adventure. Speckled with Mayan ruins, this part of the world has plenty of intrigue packed in (not to mention some pretty epic backdrops for photos), plus a good few beaches to boot. 
16 days | Now from $1124 | Was $1499 - 25% off 
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Explore Belize
Imagine some soul-recharging beach time and added cultural experiences that give you a look at what life is like in Belize. Explore some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins, enjoy a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover a monkey sanctuary, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Introduce yourself to a different pace of life in Belize.
9 days | Now from £1,844 | Was $2,049 - 10% off
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Caye Caulker
Classic Belize and Tikal
If we had to describe the Belizean pace it would be somewhere between slowly rolling waves and the inquisitive speed of a ruin explorer. Embracing just that mix of curious and chill, this nine-day itinerary will let you tour Mayan ruins, cycle around stunning islands, and enjoy plenty of time to hang out on the beach or dive into the famous Blue Hole. Be speedy, or a bit sloth-like — we’ll help you discover Central America either way.
9 days | Now from $1,169 | Was $1,299 - 10% off
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What should you pack for a trip to Belize?

Belize is full of diversity so it depends what you're up to! Headed for Caye Caulker? Then ditch those shoes for a start and grab your swimwear, sandals, loose and cool clothing (it gets hot hot hot) ,sun lotion and insect repellant. If you're feeling a trek in the jungle then bring along some long trousers and sturdy walking shoes too. When rainy season hits, it's worth having a light rain coat or umbrella to hand, so you can explore whatever the weather. 

Is Belize safe to travel?

The islands, ruins and other tourist hot spots are geared towards foreign visitors and the locals are incredibly friendly and accommodating. Some places in Belize city are deemed unsafe so to be extra careful, keep on the roads a little more travelled! As in most foreign destinations take basic precautions, don't go flashing the cash and waving around that brand new iPhoneX... no one likes a show off. 

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