Belize – Info Sheet

Belize is a tiny nation, below Mexico and next to Guatemala. An anomaly amongst it’s Colonial Spanish neighbours, still a member of the British Commonwealth; English is the main language here and the country considers itself just as much a part of the Caribbean as Latin American.

 

WHY GO?

For it’s Islands! The “Go Slow” motto of Belize’s islands very much sticks, and it’s island communities provide a friendly & fun welcome with their unique blend of Caribbean and Latino lifestyle. Snorkel/Dive Shark-Ray alley by day and party to Soca music by night.

 

WHY NOT TO GO?

It’s small population means the country lacks economies of scale. As a result, it is an incredibly expensive place compared to its neighbours. Belize city still remains incredibly dangerous and a must avoid. The mainland has little to offer the backpacker crowd, and much of the same come bigger, better and cheaper over the border in Guatemala.

 

ABOUT

Language: English (official), Creole, Spanish

Currency: Belize Dollar/US Dollar

Population: 380,000

Location: Central America/Caribbean

Bordering Countries: Mexico (North), Guatemala (West & South).

Visa: 30days tourist on arrival

 

MUST DO

Caye Caulker: “Go Slow” island with cheaper backpacker vibes, blue seas, white sand and no cars. Amazing snorkelling & diving. “The Split” for daytime parties, The Sports Bar by night.

Koko King: on Caye Caulker less inhabited North Island there is a beautiful day-resort which has fun swings, tubes and slides into the water. Great food and drinks! Get here via the “Free” (spend BZD10 at the bar) water taxi from the western cargo dock of Caye Caulker.

San Pedro: slightly more expensive island town and more “family/romantic” holiday maker types. Seek out the “Chicken Drop”.

Sarteneja: this small mainland fishing village on the Mexican border is a little harder to get to, but is well off the beaten track and has stunning shallow waters and loads of eco-tourism possibilities. Stay at Mayra’s Guest House on the seafront, visit Marteneja restaurant and say Kyle sent you 😉

Shark-Ray Alley: amazing snorkelling with Sharks and Rays, and an interesting history as why these animals are so abundantly here.

See here for more inspiration

 

COSTS

Bottle of Beer: £2-3

Hostel Bed: £8-£15

Meal: £7 +

Boat Ride (between islands): £13 (one way)

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Island Water Taxis: http://www.belizewatertaxi.com/book-now

Mainland Buses (National & International info): https://belizebus.wordpress.com/

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