The smell of the sea, the feel of the fresh forest air and an exciting, totally captivating sight to behold—do you want all these in your next vacation? Then Belize is the place for you for it offers the sea and the sights and even more!
If you are planning to go to Belize or if you are touring Central America, give yourself days to explore Belize, if possible maybe even weeks. There are so many activities that you can do in Belize which will make your three-day stay seem just like a one-day visiting. Aside from swimming under the sea and bathing under the heat of the sun, you can do water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. If this is not your type, Belize also offers you activities such as birding, caving, hiking and horseback riding. If you want more, you can take a glimpse of their culture and visit archaeological sites. If you want the nightlife, let’s just say, Belize really has a lot to offer—a one-stop shop, if you will.
Belize is perfection but if you are not going to stop until you find a flaw of Belize then I will give you one or two. First, Belize is the most expensive country in Central America. Second, it is simple to get in Belize but difficult to get out. The first problem is much easier to solve. Even if Belize is a little expensive compared to its neighboring countries for it offers world-class accommodations and amenities, it does not mean however that you cannot travel cheaply. Belize has numbers of hotels and restaurants and you do not have to worry about public transport for Belize has it. About problem number two, it is difficult to get out not because of legal matters or anything but because you would not want to. After you experienced what Belize has promised and delivered, you would just want to stay there forever. And some people do, they have a taste then settle down in Belize. About not getting out, well you really have to figure that out on your own.
• How to get to Belize
Visitors must have a passport valid for three months after the date of the arrival and return ticket. Visitors who are citizens of the United States and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom and its territories, European Union, Caribbean and Central American Countries are exempted from bringing a visa. For children, the country requires proper documentation including parental consent, if only one parent is with the child, and a valid passport. As for traveling with pets, owners should secure an import permit from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority and a veterinary certificate issued by a registered veterinarian from country of origin.
In Belize, you can travel with your family and with your friends but you can also go solo. Unlike other countries where it is much easier to not bring children or to have at least one companion, Belize is safe as it gets. The people are very friendly and welcoming that you do not have to worry about them misleading you to a different direction if you ask for one. But just to be on the safe side, ask two locals and see if their answers match! But I bet my bus they won’t disappoint you.
Also while some are welcoming and warm, like any other cities, there are also crimes happening in Belize but very seldom does it happen to tourists. Just beware of those who get too close to you for they might be pickpockets.
Let us also add the weather to Belize’s growing list of marvellous things. If you want a break from the harsh winter, go to Belize where it is always comfortably warm. Belize has lush jungles and rainforests coupled with the sea breeze so it balances with the heat of the sun. In Belize it’s warm but not hot, it’s cool but never cold.
The dry season is between February and March and June to December is the wet season. The wet season however does not mean that it’s raining everyday through June to December; it just means that it receives more rain compared to the months of February and March. Belize sometimes experience wild storms and hurricanes but no reason to worry for the country has early warning network and the government already designed safety and evacuation procedures that were proven effective.
As what I‘ve mentioned earlier, Belize may be the most expensive among its neighbouring countries but you can also travel cheaply. You can opt to travel during the off-season by avoiding traveling in the months of October and April. Not only can you get discounts in accommodations but also in airfares. If you are fine with camping, then do so. Not only will it save you money but you can also be as close as you can get with nature. In getting around, you can hitchhike—a form of exercise and a perfect way to see the sights. If you are in a hurry but also need to travel cheaply, take the bus. It is also an opportunity to meet locals. However, if you are on a group tour, the agency will provide a bus for your group and maybe we will be able to meet each other by then!
ATMs are available mostly in tourist destinations so no need to worry about bringing cash with you. Remember though to spend a minimum amount if you want to cash a large bill—shopkeepers would want you to do that or else they might decline. Buy hey! People of Belize are friendly and accommodating.
Credit and Debit cards are also increasingly accepted nowadays.
Places to Visit
There are so many things to do in Belize depending on your mood. If you are an archaeology buff you can check out the following:
o River Safari and Lamanai Maya Site
o Altun Ha Maya Site with Wildlife River Encounter
o Museum of Belize or Old Belize Historical Tours
o Belize House of Culture
o St. John’s Cathedral
If you love the sea and you want to try out water activities, you can visit:
o The Belize Barrier Reef
o Lighthouse Reef
o Jacques Cousteau, known as the Great Blue Hole
o Half Moon Caye
o Glover’s Reef
o Turneffe Atoll
o Ambergris Caye (Northern Island)
o Caye Caulker (Northern Island)
These are just a few places to visit in Belize. If you miss the bustling nightlife of your city or if you want to take it slow and savour the fresh air, if you want to take a walk and see the sights may it be historical, sea or forest—Belize has it.