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Stay Safe & Healthy in Belize

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Stay Safe in Belize

Belize City is the most dangerous area in Belize, although it is very easy to be safe. Stay in the tourist area that stretches north of the marina to the southern extension east of the main channel. There are many khaki tourist police officers patrolling the area and if you have a problem, don’t hesitate to ask them. Use common sense and do not walk alone after dark. Stay away from tourist or other commercial areas. The southern part of Belize City is both beautiful and dangerous. Otherwise, Belize City is a great place to eat, learn or shop.

Other parts of Belize are generally safe, but like anywhere else in the world, you should always be sceptical when dealing with foreigners. Most of them are really helpful, but you should always be careful.

Under Section 5(1) of the Immigration Act, the government has the right to refuse entry to Belize to LGBT travellers. There is also no legal protection for victims of anti-gay discrimination in Belize.

Stay Healthy in Belize

Belize is a relatively healthy country. Bottled water is a must in most areas. And, unless you only eat at ultra-touristy restaurants, dysentery is likely to strike at some point; be prepared with over-the-counter medicines and prescription antibiotics.

The CDC considers all of Belize, with the exception of Belize City, to be a malaria risk area and recommends the use of the antimalarial drug chloroquine. Dengue fever is also a risk in Belize. Other medications may be recommended in certain circumstances – consult a qualified professional.

Insect/mosquito bites should be avoided by wearing appropriate clothing, repellents and insecticides, and mosquito nets when sleeping in unprotected/unair-conditioned rooms.

The sun, like everywhere in the tropics, is very intense. A hat, high factor sunscreen and sunglasses should suffice.

Many places in Belize are very hot and humid, and dehydration is a risk. One expat suggests drinking as much water as you want and then drinking more.

The adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is currently 2.5%, or one in forty adults, which is significantly higher than in most European or North American countries and slightly higher than in other parts of Central America such as Nicaragua or Costa Rica.

How To Travel To Belize

By air Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (IATA: BZE) is located in Ladyville, northwest of Belize City (about a 30-minute drive). It receives direct international flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Newark, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Flores, San Salvador, Roatan and San Pedro Sula. By car From Mexico via Chetumal, or on a much...

How To Travel Around Belize

Belize is a relatively small country and transport between most destinations is rarely long or arduous. By air Tropic Air and Maya Island Air both offer several daily flights to various cities in the country, as well as to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. They serve both airports in Belize City,...

Destinations in Belize

Regions in Belize Northern BelizeThe Corozal (coastal) and Orange Walk (inland) districts.The Belize DistrictThis is where the largest city, airport and a number of popular offshore islands are locatedCayoThis central district is bursting with adventure and filled with jungle, caves, rivers, Mayan ruins and much more.Stann CreekCoastal area south of...

Weather & Climate in Belize

Belize has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, although there is considerable variation in weather patterns depending on the region. Temperatures vary with altitude, proximity to the coast and the moderating effects of the northeastern Caribbean trade winds. Average temperatures in coastal areas range from 24°C...

Traditions & Customs in Belize

Belizeans are some of the most relaxed people in the world, especially if you venture inland, away from the tourist islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. The pace of life is generally slower in Belize, so it is advisable to start any social interaction, even if you are...

Money & Shopping in Belize

The currency of Belize is the dollar (BZD), divided into 100 cents. The Belizean dollar - sometimes written as "B$" or simply as the dollar sign "$" - has been officially pegged to the US dollar (USD) at a ratio of 2:1 since 1978 (e.g. 2 BZ$ = 1 USD)....

Food & Drinks in Belize

Food in Belize The main meal, which can be found almost everywhere, consists of red beans, clean rice and chicken.Most chicken in the country is prepared and served with the bone.Rice and beans is a mixed dish with some spices and usually coconut milk added to make it a sweet...

Things To Do in Belize

Tyrolean crossing Fly over the Belizean rainforest on a zip-line tour. These tours usually start with a short hike to the first base, where an instruction on the safe use of the equipment takes place. Prices range from $65 to $100 and the tours are organised by two companies, Jaguar Paw...

Festivals & Holidays in Belize

DateDayCompliance1 JanuaryNew Year's Day9 MarchBaron Bliss Day (oder National Heroes and Benefactors Day)MondayBaron Bliss DayFridayGood FridaySaturdayHoly SaturdaySundayEasterMondayEaster Monday1 MayLabour DayMondayLabour Day24 MayCommonwealth Day (or Sovereign's Day)MondayCommonwealth Day10 SeptemberSaint George's Caye Day (or National Day)21 SeptemberIndependence DayMondayIndependence DayMondayDay of the Americas12 OctoberAmerica Day (or Columbus Day)November 19Garifuna Settlement Day25 DecemberChristmas...

Language & Phrasebook in Belize

As a former British colony, the official language of Belize is Standard English with British spelling rules, which distinguishes Belize from its Spanish-speaking neighbours. Spanish, Garifuna (Carib) and the Mayan languages/dialects Kekchi, Mopan and Yucatec are spoken in different parts of the country. In the north and west of the...

Internet & Communications in Belize

Phone boxes are the most common public telephones and accept pre-purchased phone cards. Internet cafés exist in larger tourist areas, but are not common in rural areas. Previously, the government did not allow Skype and forced tourists to use their own public phone company to call out of the country. In...

Culture Of Belize

In Belizean folklore there are the legends of Lang Bobi Suzi, La Llorona, La Sucia, Luguchu Ellis, Tata Duende, Chatona, X'tabai, Anansi, and the Cadejo. Most holidays in Belize are traditional Commonwealth and Christian holidays, although some are specific to Belizean culture, such as Garifuna Settlement Day and Baron Bliss...

History Of Belize

Like the neighbouring regions of Guatemala and Mexico, this area was inhabited for thousands of years by the Mayan people. They are still here, an important part of the people and culture of Belize. Although the Spanish Empire claimed the area in the 16th century, the Spanish made little...

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