Anyone who doesn’t know about Belize finds the travel destination fascinating. Nestled between Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras; geographically it is a Central American country. Yet the language, culture, and vibe, mirrors the Caribbean. Depending on your location within this small country, and based on the predominant culture of an area, you’ll get to see a different side of Belize.
A previous British colony, Belize is the only English-speaking nation in Central America. The population is 330,000 and the country is almost half the size of Costa Rica. There are six districts: Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo. The capital is Belmopan City and Belize City is the largest city. The main cultures are Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, and Mennonites. Since Belize is near the equator, it shares the same climate as other tropical countries. There are two distinct weather periods, a dry and wet season. The dry season is usually from November to May and the wet season is from June to October. Keep that in mind when choosing the best time to visit Belize.
US dollars are accepted everywhere (bills; not coins). Banks charge a fee of 1.25 % to change US dollars, while local businesses will just change 2 to 1.
Travelers Cheques are also widely accepted. You usually need to show your passport when paying with a Travelers Cheques. Banks and some businesses give about BZ$ 1.96 for US$ 1 Travelers Cheques.
EUROs are not accepted, Banks will change them. Ask the local banks for exchange rates.
Hotel rates, tour rates are usually quoted in US dollars, restaurant and bar rates are usually Belize dollars.
Credit cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express, Diners is not accepted anywhere in Belize, and American Express is not always accepted.
Tips are appreciated, hotels (and some restaurants) usually add a service charge, in those cases no tipping is required.
There is a 9% hotel tax is which is added to your hotel charges and a general sales tax of 12.5% which applies for all sales across the board.
Telephone in Belize is provided by BTL (Belize Telephone Limited) and SMART. International dialing rates to the US are somewhat expensive.
Belize country code = 501
San Ignacio Local Code: 824/804
Operator – 113/115
Sprint – 812
MCI – 189
Police – 911, 804-3978
Fire Department – 824-2095
La Loma Luz Hospital – 824-2087
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