About Belize


Every year, more and more people are discovering Belize. Belize (formerly British Honduras) is strategically located in Central America, nestled between Guatemala and Mexico and is the region’s only English speaking nation. With direct airline flights from Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte, you are just a hop, skip and a jump away from adventure!

Belize is a peaceful democratic nation, boasting the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest barrier reef in the world. Belize is dotted with many exotic cayes (small Islands) that are surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Belize also has untouched rainforests, caves and many mysterious and ancient mayan temples.

International Airlines in Belize:

  • American Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • TACA
  • US Airways
  • Tikal Jets

Currency Exchange:

US$ dollars are welcome in Belize, and are taken at an exchange rate of $2BZD – $1USD. Banks and ATMs throughout the country include Atlantic Bank, Belize Bank and First Caribbean Bank.

Climate:

The subtropical climate averages 80°F. Winter is generally cool and dry. Spring is warm and dry.

Churches:

Most denominations are represented in Belize.

Electrical System:

Belize runs on 60Htz/115V as in North America.

Entering Belize:

A visitor 18 or older may bring one liter of wine or spirits, plus 250 grams of tobacco, 50 cigars, or 200 cigarettes if not returning from a visit to a neighboring border town.

Animals:

A pet must be in good health and have a veterinary certificate from a registered veterinarian in its country of origin, a valid rabies certificate and an import permit from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.

Firearms and Drugs:

It is illegal to take firearms or ammunition into or out of Belize. Mandatory jail sentences and heavy fines are imposed for the possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs.

Private Boats:

Vessels may be entered or cleared at the ports of Belize City,Big Creek, San Pedro, Dangriga, and Punta Gorda.

Private Aircraft:

Planes should clear through Philip Goldson International Airport with the Belize Civil Aviation Department and the Belize Airports Authority.

Departing Belize:

It is prohibited by law to take pre-Columbian articles, marine products (unless permitted by the fisheries department), unprocessed coral, or turtle shells. Belizean dollars may be used in duty-free shops.

Departure Tax:

Visitors leaving Philip Goldson International Airport pay US$35.00.

Passports and Visas:

Both adults and children require passports valid beyond the duration of their stays, plus proof of return. Visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, and Caricom countries do not require visas to enter.