Why Visit Belize
Belize has a lot of different ecosystems and natural habitats, from the barrier reef to jungles, rainforest, mountains and subterranean limestone caves, allowing wildlife to flourish, unbeatable for travelers wanting to discover nature and its treasures.
Belize’s beaches are spectacularly beautiful, some right next to tropical rainforest. They are crystal clear and the temperature is perfect year round, allowing tourists to get adventurous with activities like snorkeling, diving and sailing.
Belize played an important role in the ancient Mayan civilization, and thanks to that its ruins can be found everywhere. The country has more Mayan ruins per square mile than any other country. Some of them are opened for locals and tourists to visit and explore. The main ones are: Caracol, Xunantunich, Lamanai, Cahal Pech, Nim Li Punit, Altun Ha, and Tikal.
Belize has the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere. It comprises seven (7) key marine reserve zones, over four hundred cayes (islands) and three (3) atolls. It’s a heaven for marine wildlife to live, and its a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant habitats and natural development.
Belize is a tropical country, with a warm weather all year round. The average annual temperature is 84F (29C).
What to expect
English is the official language in Belize. However, Belizean Creole, Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish and Maya are also spoken in the country.
In Belize the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
The Belizean Dollar is the official currency in Belize. Dollars are freely used, however other foreign currencies like euros are not. Credit cards are widely accepted. It is encouraged to exchange it in a bank or withdraw it directly from the ATM if you are flying in with another currency than american dollars. 1 USD equals 2 belizean dollars (as of 2020)
Belize has a subtropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, typically hot and humid day and night year round. Temperatures annually range from 50-95°F, with a mean annual temperature of 79°F.
Belize is not the safest country in the western hemisphere, as the poverty rate is high. Exercise increased caution, as violent crime is not rare, especially in the south. However, a significant portion of violent crime is gang-related and do not target tourists.
Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Belize as tourists, visitors in transit or business visitors for a period of 30 days: US, European Union, Caribbean Community member states, South America, South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland. Refer to the full country list here.
In order to stay longer than 30 days as a tourist (not for paid or unpaid work) an Extension of Stay application must be submitted. It is best to submit an application at least 2 – 3 days before the 30 days period expires.
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