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Travel Tip Thursday – Tips for your vacation to Belize
In case you are planning to travel to Belize, here are five tips you should know before traveling to the destination.
Most citizens are not required to present a Belize VISA while traveling there. Make sure you check the full list of the countries on www.travelbelize.org.
The most important document is your passport. It must be valid for another 6 months after arriving on the country’s territory.
Note that each person must pay an Airport Departure Tax and/or a Border Exit Fee. Fortunately for tourists, the first charge is usually included in the airline ticket price. In case you are leaving the country via Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), you should know that the departure tax for non-residents costs $55.50 and must be paid only in US cash. In case you are leaving the destination via Guatemala or Mexico border, then the departure tax will cost you $20.
However, those who are in the country less than 24 hours are not paying only the conservation fee (included in the border fee).
Looking for cheaper destinations?
Belize isn’t a cheap destination. However, I can recommend you three destinations where you can enjoy cheaper activities than in standard places.
The small city San Ignacio is the first option. Being located on the western side of Belize, the area is recognized for its ecotourism. Your adventure will be represented by exploring some ruins, caves, and jungles. For a cheaper stay, I recommend you the duPlooy’s Jungles Lodge (Hotel) and Bella’s Backpackers (Hostel).
The five miles long island Caye Caulker is my second proposal. Due to the localization near the Belize barrier reef, tourists are able to experience the best time while snorkeling, diving, fishing, and kayaking. In terms of cheap accommodation, I recommend you the Rainbow Hotel and Yumas House.
A 16-mile peninsula near Belize, Placencia Village is my third suggestion. Besides being a destination admired by many tourists, it will surprise you through its colorful houses, Creole culture, and their specific restaurants. For a cheap accommodation, I suggest you choose between the Seaspray Hotel and Anda Di Hows.
Belize is located in the subtropical area. Considering this, make sure you always have a bug spray to avoid any inconveniences caused by the jungle’s insects.
Belize’s citizens speak English
Considering that Belize is bordered by Mexico and Guatemala, a lot of tourists are surprised when they find out that the country’s official language is English. Until the destination’s independence (1981), it was called “British Honduras”.
The best way to get to Belize is via airline flights. You will find daily routes from the United States and Canada.
Belize can be an expensive destination. However, it deserves each dollar you spend. The jungle, barrier reef, colored houses, traditional restaurants and bars, local culture are just some elements that characterized the destination. Make sure to have your documents in order and to pay all the necessary taxes. For more information, do not hesitate to check Belize’s website.
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