Planning Your Trip to Belize
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We recommend a combination of Inland and offshore activities for anyone coming to Belize.
For unsurpassed diving, snorkeling and fishing, Belize's Barrier Reef, with its abundance of marine life, make it the cornerstone of the Belize tourism industry.
If visiting Maya ruins, exploring ceremonial caves, swimming, tubing and canoeing in pristine rivers & streams, hiking around, doing some birdwatching, or just absorbing the best of what nature has to offer interests you, then you will definitely want to spend time inland.
We can arrange coastal and inland activities to suit everyone from small children to seniors and we can arrange a Belize vacation for individuals, groups, students and even families of several generations.
Here are a few tips:
Passport: You will need a valid passport for entry into Belize. Citizens of the US, the British Commonwealth (except India), Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and the EU do will be issued a 30-day visa upon entry. Other citizens contact the nearest Belizean consulate or embassy for more information. To stay more than 30 days you may apply for a visa extension at the Belize Immigration office in Belmopan. Extensions are renewable monthly at a cost of $25.00.
* If you will be traveling using a US passport, US immigrations requires that the passport's expiration date extend for at least 6 months beyond your US departure date.
Air Travel: The Philip S. Goldson International Airport is situated about 10 miles by road from Belize City and 78 miles from duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge. Local airlines, Maya Island Air and Tropic Air offer regular flights within Belize.
Departure Fees: A departure fee of $39.75 per person is required when leaving Belize by air. This may be included in the price of your ticket so make sure you check. This fee is payable in US$ or by credit card only.
Visitors leaving by road into Guatemala or Mexico pay US$18.75 or the equivalent in Belize currency, which is BZ $37.50
ATM Services: There is ATM service at all of the banks and the exchange rate is $1.9725 BZ to $1.00US. Most business accept US$ at $2.00BZ
Time Zone: Belize is located in the US Central Standard time zone and Mountain Standard during Daylight Savings time in the US. Daylight Savings Is not observed in Belize and daylight hours vary little throughout the year.
Internet and Telephone: Wireless Internet and Telephone service is widely available throughout Belize
Electricity: Current in Belize is 110 volts AC, the same as in the US. . A small surge suppressor is highly recommended for computers and other sensitive equipment.
Climate: Belize’s climate is sub-tropical, tempered by trade winds. Extreme temperatures in coastal districts range from about 10°C (50°F) to about 36°C. (96°F). Belize has an annual mean temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual Rainfall in Belize varies from an average of 50 inches in the north to 180 inches in the extreme south. The dry season usually extends from February to the end of May, with a possible dry spell in August.
The Next Steps:
1. Decide how long you can stay in each location and what kind of vacation you want – lively adventure, relaxation or a combination of both.
2. Contact Us to create your own personalized vacation package anywhere in Belize and we will do our very best to make your personalized vacation to Belize an unforgettable adventure that will educate, inspire, and energize you like no other.
3. Just Make Sure You Stay Long Enough!
When is the best time to go?
February- April is the driest time of the year while July is the wettest month. High season runs from mid December to April. The rest of the year is less crowded, lodging is discounted and the tropical diversity is most evident during this time of year.
Can I drink the Water?
Towns have chlorinated water. Rain-water is used for drinking in many villages. If you are not sure ask. Bring a reusable water bottle. We do not charge for filling your water bottle at duPlooy's and our tap water comes from a 200 ft deep-rock well and is perfectly suitable for whatever you use tap water at home for ... brushing teeth etc.
Do I need shots?
None are required, but you might consider a gamma globulin shot for hepatitis A and B as they are a good idea anytime you travel as are boosters for tetanus. As for malaria pills, the form of malaria found in Belize can be cured with Chloroquine. Chloroquine can cause unpleasant side effects so many people opt to do without.
How much will it cost?
Belize is one of those countries where you can choose to spend a substantial amount of money or stick to a modest budget and still have a good time.
Should I book in advance?
In the High Season (December-April) reservations are a good idea at the more established places. If you are traveling with a group, ask about discounts.
How do I get here?
We can arrange road, air or boat transportation for you to or from anywhere in Belize. Local airlines, Tropic and Maya Island provide transportation to and from San Ignacio, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia, Punta Gorda and other destinations in Belize; as well as Guatemala City and Flores, Guatemala. All duPlooy Travel packages include road transfers inland and boat or air travel to destinations on the coast.
What about Renting a Car?
There are a number of car rental agencies in Belize City and San Ignacio. If you rent a car to drive to Tikal, make sure that you have all of the paperwork necessary to cross into Guatemala.
What to Bring?
Clothing: Casual summer clothing is appropriate, but make sure that you bring along a hat to protect your head and include a sweater or jacket for cool weather at higher elevations or boat trips, light rain gear, close-toed shoes for hiking and exploring caves and long pants for horseback riding.
Eye Wear & Care: Bright, sunny days require sunglasses, Polarized is best.
Footwear: Tennis shoes, comfortable walking shoes, sandals. Bring hiking boots with good tread or tennis shoes and socks for jungle excursions and water shoes for wading in the rivers and the sea.
Sunscreen Lotions & Repellents: It’s necessary to protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Pack plenty of eco-friendly sunscreen, as bugs do live in the jungle, as well as in beach areas.
Just In Case: Binoculars and guide book are invaluable to increase your enjoyment. Take a small flashlight or head lamp with rechargeable batteries, along with water bottle and a wet/dry bag to protect valuables while caving, canoeing, hiking and adventuring.
Photocopy important documents such as passport, driver's license, credit cards, prescription medication forms and, airline ticket. Bring an extra supply of prescription medications.