DISCLAIMER: This is a brutally honest guide from a local’s point of view that focuses on having fun on a tight budget. I will also give my honest opinion on all the touristy stuff that pops up on google which is better known as the gringo trail lol.
So with that said, let’s begin 🙂
- English is the primary language (Former British Colony)
- The population is approximately 380,000+ people
- Locals speak a dialect called “Creole” which is a broken English
- $1 USD = $2 BZD in terms of currency
- US Dollars are accepted country-wide just not the coins.
- Street food costs approximately $2.50 USD a plate (Inland)
- The weather app in Belize is not very accurate so just look up at the sky and check if you see dark clouds coming in lol.
- Belize has six districts which are kinda like provinces. North to South: Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek, Toledo
- The local buses charge approximately $2.50 USD from district to district. They pass hourly and travel by day only. No local night buses.
- We use Miles, Pounds and Fahrenheit to measure stuff.
- It takes 6 hours to drive from North to South of Belize and only 3 hours to drive from East to West
- Hurricane season is from June to November but we don’t see serious rain till around October plus San Ignacio’s weather is sporadic
- High season is between November & April which is when tourists from the U.S. Canada and the UK visit since it’s cold back at home
EXIT FEES (Departure Tax)
If you exit Belize to go west into Guatemala or north into Mexico, these are the fees:
Belize Exit Fee:
More than 24 hours in the country: $20 USD
Less than 24 hours in the country: $16 USD
Mexico Exit Fee:
More than 7 days in the country: 500 Pesos or $30 USD
💡Pro Tip: If you flew into Mexico, you may qualify to not pay any exit fee since there’s a breakdown that shows the flight including a “tourism tax.” You can show the officer at the border a screenshot of your flight ticket shown below.👇
TRANSPORTATION (By Land)
Moving around Belize is pretty easy if you know how it works. We have six districts and the main towns and cities are accessible through a bus system which passes every hour and only available during the day. Most of my friend call the local buses here Chicken buses. There are no night buses but the ADO bus line found in Mexico does operate from Belize City to Cancun. You can find a schedule of the bus below which can be purchased at the bus station in Belize City. The location for the bus station can be found below as well.
Belize City Bus Stop Location (ADO tickets purchased here as well)
ADO Bus Schedule from Belize
TRANSPORTATION (By Water)
The local ferry station is based in Belize City and is locally called the water taxi. You can find the location of the station below along with the latest schedule. You can travel from Belize City to either Caye Caulker, San Pedro or Chetumal, Mexico.
💡Pro Tip: Ask a local to buy your tickets at the counter since tourists pay twice the price as locals at the counter
FREE STUFF TO DO!
Visit the Local Farmer’s Market
Every country in Central America seems to have their Farmer’s market and San Ignacio Town happens to have one of the most vibrant and diverse markets in the entire country of Belize in my opinion. You can find it open daily from 7:00 AM to around 6:00 PM and you can get some of the juiciest and tastiest fruits and vegetables along with other things like herbs, spices and even local street food.
💡Pro Tip #1: On Fridays and Saturdays, the market is filled with a lot more food vendors and you can get fresh local dishes like Rice and Beans, Tamales, Salbutes, Empanadas, Pupusas, and a whole lot more.
Swim at Bullet Tree Falls (Mopan River)
Visit Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
💡Pro Tip: During very rainy periods, the pools of water and waterfalls have very strong current and the water may get a bit murky. You may also want to use a 4×4 vehicle for your adventure.