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The U.S. dollar is accepted country-wide & pegged at $1USD = $2BZD.
|Street Food||$2.50 to $5.00 USD|
|Public Transport||$2.50 USD per hour of transport|
|Gasoline||$4.50 USD per gallon|
|Taxis Inland||$3.00 to $5.00 USD|
|Taxis at Cayes||$10.00 to $20.00 USD|
|Accommodation Inland||Starts at $20 USD|
|Accommodation at Cayes||Starts at $40.00 USD|
|Half day tour||$45.00 USD|
|Full day tour||$90.00 USD|
You don't need much in Belize since it's not cold. There's no snow here, but the UV index is high and there can be rain.
Here's what I personally recommend you bring:
- Reef friendly sunscreen - even though vitamin D is important, UV levels are high during the dry season so apply sunscreen regularly.
- Deet-free eco-friendly mosquito repellent - rainy season brings mosquitos and sand flies. If you can, buy a natural repellent made for Belize bugs.
- Basic flip flops - it's hot here, so give your toes some breathing room and let it feel the soil, the sand and salt water.
It's as simple as that! You don't need a fancy backpack or anything expensive. Just bring breathable and light-colored clothing to counter the sun and heat. Less is more.
- Use public wifi - most local banks offer complimentary wifi and even free water. Certain parks also offer public wifi.
- Travel during low season - most hotels/hostels have two rates: high and low season rates with low season slashing prices by 30% to 50%.
- Fly to Cancun instead - flying directly to Belize can be very expensive. Try flying to Cancun and then going down to Belize by bus to save a cash.
- Ask before paying - before entering a taxi, ask how much they charge before accepting the ride.
- Travel with a friend - renting cabins or guest houses also lower prices so travel with a friend. Tour companies give discounts for larger groups so bring hostel friends along.
- Ask locals to buy your ticket - most services and park entrances have cheaper prices for locals so ask someone to buy your ticket for half the price.
- Hitchhike around the country - the locals are friendly and the roads are friendlier which makes hitchhiking in Belize so bloody easy.
- Couchsurf with locals - after couchsurfing for four years, I can confirm that it's the cheapest and one of the most authentic ways to travel.
- Blend in and dress humbly - locals perceive flashy people as wealthy people so try not to stand out.
- Don't show too much skin - women are often catcalled, so it's best to cover up in non-touristy places.
- Ask a local for help - if you're unsure about a location, ask a local for help and make a new friend.
- Follow your instincts - if you don't feel comfortable in a situation, just say no and walk away.
- Watch out for speed bumps - unfortunately they aren't labelled properly here, so keep your eyes peeled.
- Drive with caution - being a third world country means we have a lot of potholes and dirt roads.
- Avoid travelling on Sundays - public transport is not the best and even worse on Sundays.
- Watch out for Chinese supermarkets - shop owners tend to sell expired goods all the time.
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