Handy Travel Tips You Wish You Knew Before Visiting Belize

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Prices in Belize

The U.S. dollar is accepted country-wide & pegged at $1USD = $2BZD.

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Photo of Belize fifty dollar note by Priscilla
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 InlandStarts at $20 USD
Accommodation at CayesStarts at $40.00 USD
Half day tour$45.00 USD
Full day tour$90.00 USD

What to Pack

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:

  1. Reef friendly sunscreen - even though vitamin D is important, UV levels are high during the dry season so apply sunscreen regularly.
  2. Deet-free eco-friendly mosquito repellent - rainy season brings mosquitos and sand flies. If you can, buy a natural repellent made for Belize bugs.
  3. 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.

How to Save Money

  1. Use public wifi - most local banks offer complimentary wifi and even free water. Certain parks also offer public wifi.
  2. Travel during low season - most hotels/hostels have two rates: high and low season rates with low season slashing prices by 30% to 50%.
  3. 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.
  4. Ask before paying - before entering a taxi, ask how much they charge before accepting the ride.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Hitchhike around the country - the locals are friendly and the roads are friendlier which makes hitchhiking in Belize so bloody easy.
  8. 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.

How to Stay Safe

  1. Blend in and dress humbly - locals perceive flashy people as wealthy people so try not to stand out.
  2. Don't show too much skin - women are often catcalled, so it's best to cover up in non-touristy places.
  3. Ask a local for help - if you're unsure about a location, ask a local for help and make a new friend.
  4. Follow your instincts - if you don't feel comfortable in a situation, just say no and walk away.

Helpful Local Tips

  1. Watch out for speed bumps - unfortunately they aren't labelled properly here, so keep your eyes peeled.
  2. Drive with caution - being a third world country means we have a lot of potholes and dirt roads.
  3. Avoid travelling on Sundays - public transport is not the best and even worse on Sundays.
  4. Watch out for Chinese supermarkets - shop owners tend to sell expired goods all the time.

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