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Equestrian tours in Belize

Belize Mini Guide
   Source: World Travel Guide

Overview

For the outdoor enthusiast, Belize presents unlimited opportunities. The country has a lot more in common with the Caribbean island states (its style of architecture, for example) than its Central American neighbours. Every destination in Belize has its share of archaeological and national parks, marine and nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Mayan temples tower above rainforest canopies while an incredibly colourful array of marine wildlife finds protection in Belize's barrier reef.

Belize is a country of various cultural, language and ethnic groups. Approximately 200,000 people in Belize consist of Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Maya, English, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese and East Indian heritage. Due to racial harmony, religious tolerance and a relatively non-violent political culture, all of these different elements have mixed and blended successfully, to give Belize a widespread reputation for its friendly peoples.

 

Passport/Visa

Passport Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

Visa Required?

British

No

Australian

No

Canadian

No

USA

No

Other EU

No

Return Ticket Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

 

Passports

Passport valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay required by all nationals referred to in chart above.

Passport Note

All travellers are required to show evidence of sufficient funds (minimum £50 per day) and proof of return or onward ticket at the point of entry.

Visas

Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above and nationals of their overseas territories for stays of up to 30 day.

Note:
Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy/high commission to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).

Types of Visa and Cost

Single-entry: £60 plus £7 shipping fee; multiple-entry: £110 plus £7 shipping fee

Working Days Required

Allow three to four weeks for visa processing.

 Money

Currency

Belize Dollar (BZD; symbol BZ$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of BZ$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of BZ$1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. American money is eagerly accepted anywhere in the country, and hotel prices are often quoted in US Dollars. Belizean money is worthless outside the country since most exchange houses will not deal with the currency. Exchange your Belize bills before leaving the country.

The Belize Dollar is tied to the US Dollar at US$1 = BZ$2. Talk of a devaluation is always in the background but it has been that way since 1978 so will likely remain unchanged.

Currency Exchange

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, hotels and travel agencies. While not strictly legal, there are also freelance money exchangers who often have a better rate. Currency exchanged on the border of Guatemala will get a lower rate, and you are also able to exchange US Dollars here if you wish. ATM exchange rates are usually 1% lower than bank rates.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Most establishments will add a 5% service charge to the bills of customers using credit cards.

Traveller's Cheques

These can be exchanged; commission will usually be charged. There are few places accepting cheques so you may have some difficulty cashing them in more remote areas. Cheques with any imperfections will be rejected. In case of being unable to exchange them, it is best to plan your finances and use ATMs in the bigger towns and cities; however, if you are able to use them you will get the full BZ$2 to US$1 rate. US Dollar traveller’s cheques are recommended.

Currency Restrictions

Restrictions apply.

Banking Hours

Mon-Thurs 0800-1300, Fri 0800-1630. Times may vary according to destination.

Exchange Rate Indicators

Date

June2016

£1.00=

BZ$2.89

$1.00=

BZ$1.99

€1.00=

BZ$2.22

 

Health

Vaccinations

 

Special Precautions

Diphtheria

Sometimes

Hepatitis A

Yes*

Malaria

Sometimes

Rabies

Sometimes

Tetanus

Yes*

Typhoid

Yes*

Yellow Fever

No**

Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.

 * The above vaccinations are not required but are highly recommended.
** A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.

Food and Drink

Never drink the tap water and buy only bottled purified water with a proper seal. It is widely available from shops and grocery stores, but in case of being in rural areas with no access to bottled water, carry water purification tablets to treat water. Milk is often unpasteurized and should be boiled, though UHT milk is often available in shops. Avoid ice cream, raw fish and anything from street vendors unless you can see that it has been properly cooked, preferably in front of you. A quick and cheap meal is beans and rice with a piece of meat, usually chicken, and you will find plenty of food stalls or small, local restaurants serving it, but cooked food should never be served lukewarm. Peel or cook all fruits and vegetables. Prevent flies from landing on your food as many carry airborne illnesses, and do not eat at places where the food has been left exposed for long.

Other Risks

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes advised. Dengue fever occurs throughout Latin America and is on the rise in Belize, so mosquito protection is recommended. If you find yourself with a fever and/or rash, go to a doctor immediately. Malaria also occurs in Belize, so anti-malaria medication such as Malarone or Doxycycline is recommended (except in Belize City).
Just over 2.5 % of the population has HIV/AIDS, which is a 25 times higher occurrence than in the UK, but the government has launched a public awareness campaign to try and tackle the problem. Note: Visitors applying for residency will require an HIV test (foreign tests may not be acceptable).

Health Care

There are seven government hospitals – one in Belmopan, one in Belize City and one in each of the other five main district towns, but, generally, medical facilities are limited. Medical services in rural areas are provided by rural health care centres, and mobile clinics operate in remote areas. Medical insurance is strongly advised.

Getting There

Getting There by Air

American Airlines (www.aa.com) flies from Miami and Dallas to Belize City. United (www.united.com) flies from Houston. Belize has only two national airlines, the biggest of which is Tropic Air (www.tropicair.com). There are no direct flights to Belize from the UK; passengers can fly non-stop to various US destinations and join a connecting flight. Flights are cheaper during the rainy season (mid-May to November) and slightly more expensive over major holidays.

Approximate Flight Times

From London - at least 20 hours (including an overnight stop in the USA); Miami - 2 hours 15 minutes; Dallas - 2 hours 50 minutes; Houston - 2 hours 30 minutes.

Main Airports

The Philip S W Goldson International Airport (BZE) is 16km (10 miles) northwest of Belize City. To/from the airport: Taxis are available to the city (journey time – 20 minutes); prices should be agreed with the driver beforehand. Taxi drivers are not tipped. There is an airport bus to the city centre, but it runs infrequently and should not be relied upon (journey time – 30 minutes). Facilities: Duty-free shops, bank, shops, restaurant and bar.

Note:
Belmopan, the capital, is 84km (52 miles) from Belize City by road.

Departure Tax

US$39.50 when leaving by air, payable in US Dollars, though sometimes this is included in the airfare.

Getting to Belize by boat

Main ports: Belize City, Corozal, Dangriga, Punta Gorda and San Pedro (www.portauthority.bz).

Cruise ships:

Belize City is the primary port of call for most cruise ship lines. Regular scheduled boats carry passengers ashore to taste a bit of Belize at the Fort Street Tourism Village.

Ferry operators:

Requena’s Charter Services (tel: +501 722 2070; www.belizenet.com/requena) runs a daily service from Puerto Barrios in Guatemala to Punta Gorda. There's also a twice-weekly ferry from Livingston to Punta Gorda.

D-Express (tel: +504 2665 0726, in Honduras) runs a weekly water taxi service from Placencia and Big Creek to Puerto Cortes, Honduras. You also need to pay the land departure tax if leaving by sea.

River routes:

There are no river routes into Belize.

Driving to Belize

Travellers entering Belize by car from Mexico or Guatemala must obtain a temporary importation permit at the border, valid for one month; drivers need to show all travel documents, insurance papers and proof of car ownership or rental documents.

There are some small bus companies that run into Belize from neighbouring countries. Linea Dorada (tel: +502 7924 8534, in Guatemala; www.lineadorada.com.gt) runs buses from Flores, Guatemala to Belize City. Mexican operator ADO (tel: +52 1 800 369 4652; www.ado.com.mx) runs overnight buses from Mérida, Mexico to Belize City.

When crossing borders by bus, you must alight and walk through with your luggage, and get back on at the other side. The border procedures are generally straightforward. It's also simple to get a bus to the border and find another on the other side.

Departure tax:

Departure tax for travellers staying more than 24 hours in Belize and leaving by land is US$18.75/BZ$37.50.


Travel by rail

There are currently no trains in Belize.


Climate

Belize’s climate is subtropical with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. Annual temperatures and humidity are high. The temperature stays fairly constant year-round, varying by only about 4°C (7°F) from the hottest times to the coolest. Likewise the humidity remains throughout the year, though the higher you get into the Maya Mountains, the more comfortable the climate becomes.

The dry season is from January to April and the rainy season is from mid-May until November. This results in overcast weather despite the heat, so it is not the best time to go for a beach holiday. The hurricane season is from June to the end of November – hurricanes have in the past devastated Belize. January is the coolest month and May is the hottest.

Required Clothing

Lightweight cottons and linens. A light shell jacket is recommended for the rainy season. Sandals or flip-flops will probably be your most useful footwear, but should you wish to do any hiking in the nature reserves you’ll need proper boots to protect your feet.

 

Contacts

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Belize

Telephone: (501) 822 2981/2717/2147. Website: http://ukinbelize.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1200 and 1300-1600, Fri 0800-1400; Mon-Thur 0900-1100 (consular section).

Embassy of Belize in the USA

Telephone: (202) 332 9636. Website: http://www.embassyofbelize.org Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0900-1700, Fri 0900-1630.

Belize High Commission in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7723 3603. Website: http://www.belizehighcommission.com Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1800; Mon-Fri 1000-1300 (consular section).

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