Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize is made up of friendly people, Caribbean beaches and dense jungle. The capital of the country is Belmopan which has a number of tourist attractions such as Crystal Cave, the Blue Hole National Park and St. Herman’s Cave.
In terms of diving, The Belize Barrier Reef spans along 185 miles of the countries beautiful coast. In encompasses 7 marine reserves, 400 islands and 3 atolls. Expect crystal clear blue waters.
Some of the more popular areas on the reef include Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll. Here you will find spectacular coral formations teeming with tropical fish and various other curious marine-life. Also located here is one of the world’s most famous dive sites, The Blue Hole. It is a giant sinkhole that lays near the centre of Lighthouse Reef 70km from the mainland.
Other activities you should not miss during your stay the Belize Zoo, the Hol Chan Marine Reserxe, the Museum of Belize and Xunantunich.
Australian passport holders require a valid passport with at least 6 months validity beyond their intended stay. All travellers must have return or onward tickets and sufficient funds for their stay. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
For most nationalities, a visa is issued upon arrival for stays up to 30 days in duration. For more information please see the Belize Tourism Board http://www.travelbelize.org/
The is the unit of currency in Belize. 1 Australia Dollar is worth approximately 1.46 BZ. Most accommodation and tours are sold in US Dollars, and most restaurants and shops in BZ$. ATM’s are available across the country, particularly in tourist destinations.
English is the official language of Belize and in fact, Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America. Their native language is Kriol.
110V, 220V, and plugs are the 2 pronged flat type, the same as the US.
Central Time Zone: UTC-06:00, Belize is 16 hours behind Melbourne, Australia.
Light casual clothing is recommended. Women should dress modestly in public places.
The climate in Belize is warm year-round. There is heavy rainfall from June to mid-November, luckily if you are booked for this time, most of it falls at night. Sunny skies fall from January to April, it is at this time however that accommodation rates will rise from 30 to 80% due to the beautiful weather! In November and May you will find that the weather is hot and humid, a good time to travel if you can handle the heat!
The water temperature in Belize is pleasant year round, sitting at approximately 30 degrees in Summer and 26 in Winter.
The Departure Fee is BZ$30.00 and there’s an additional fee called the P.A.C.T. (Conservation) fee of BZ$7.50 (if the visitor has been in Belize for more than 24 hours) making the total BZ$37.50. Payable in BZ or US dollars.
Tipping in Belize is appreciated as it is not included in restaurant charges. Similar to what you might tip in the US, around 15% is expected, a little more for great services and less for indifferent. Some places have begun charging tips, it is best to check if you are unclear.