30 ways to save money on a Belize vacation

Caye Caulker Caribean colors

Money saving tips are always handy, especially when you’re on vacation. And since travel to Belize isn’t cheap, I’m sure you’ll appreciate my list of 30 ways you can save money on a Belize vacation. However, if you’re too frugal, it might dampen your experience; so browse through the recommendations below and decide which are best for you.

Before Belize

1. Research and plan your vacay well

Planning your vacation right can save you a ton of money. This involves researching for the best tips and ideas. For example, a good itinerary will allow you to enjoy the best of Belize and also minimize time and money wastage.

2. Browse the internet for deals

After doing your research on where you want to stay and the things you want to do, browse for the best deals offered by the different suppliers. Look far in advance so that you can possibly take advantage of promotions.

3. Follow hotels and tour operators on social media

As a marketing tactic to grow a wide fan base, many hotels and tour operators offer discounts that are only for social media users.

4. Sign up for newsletters

By subscribing to blogs and mailing lists, you gain access to regular discounts and promotions from hotels and tour operators.

5. Check out Groupon

Groupon’s service is to work with businesses who are willing to offer bargains. Keep a look out and you might end up bidding on a dream vacation to Belize.

6. Use a budget guide book

This works wonders because these guides are written by professionals whose job was to specifically search for the best budget-friendly deals.

7. Have flexible flight dates

Having flexible flight dates translates to being ok to fly on off dates and take advantage of last minute offers. It’s no secret flying on Monday-Wednesdays is cheaper than weekends.

8. Travel during the off season

As soon as the low tourism season arrives, most hotels and tour operators immediately drop their prices by 50 to 30 percent. Belize’s high season has its advantages but waiting for the off season saves you a lot of cash.

9. Barter with tourism businesses

Do you have a talent or skill that can be of value to them? Marketing? Photography? If yes, offer your services in exchange for freebies or a good discount. It might not always work, but sometimes you can get lucky.

In Belize

10. Befriend locals

Befriending locals has many benefits, one of them being gaining access to insider information. Perks involve information on good cheap restaurants and tours. If you’re lucky, they might even invite you to their homes.

11. Take public transportation

Gas is expensive in Belize so any private transfers are expensive. Buses run throughout Belize (daytime) and the cost is really low.

12. Rent a bike

Renting a bike is a good way to cover a lot of ground when exploring a small town.

13. Walk or hitchhike

If you’re in small towns, many attractions are in walking distances. Hitch hiking in Belize is not popular but definitely doable, just wait at the countless speed bumps.

14. Find other travellers and book tours as a group

Gang up with others that are staying at your hostel or travelers you’ve met at happy hour. If you book tours in a group, you get a much better rate.

15. Do self guided tours

There are always tours that don’t require a tour guide. This can do done for all the Maya ruins in Belize. Just pay a small entrance fee.

16. Find out about free or cheap things to do

Google “free things to do in ______ Belize? You should certainly see things such as visiting the local farmers’ market pop up.

17. Avoid high end touristy areas

It’s common sense that things in touristy areas cost more. For example, even though Caye Caulker is just 1/2 hour away by water-taxi from Ambergris Caye, things are way cheaper.

18. Stay at hostels and cheap hotels

Take a look at my Belize on the cheap post.

19. Rent a local apartment

Local apartments are really cheap. Although a negative is that due to low tourist arrivals, Belize doesn’t have many options.

20. Stay at Bed and Breakfasts

B&Bs and guest houses usually cater to budget travelers and the best part is that breakfast is included in your room price.

21. Couch surfing

Couch surfing is a great way to stay for free and hang out with locals.

22. Cook your own meals

Eating out all the time is costly. Cooking your own meals works well if you’re renting an apartment or staying at a hostel.

23. Eat street food

Eating street food is a good option even if you’re not watching your spending. It’s simply delicious.

24. Minimize drinking at bars

Drinking at bars is a great way to experience the culture, but the cost can quickly add up. Try to take advantage of happy hour and look out for drink specials at certain bars.

25. Buy a bottle of rum

Head to the grocery store and stock up on Belizean rum. It’s delicious and cheap. One barrel rum and coke is the most popular drink.

26. If you’ll eat out, go for lunch

I don’t really know why but it’s proven that lunch time is the best bargain if you’re eating out. For dinner the entrées are smaller and cost more.

27. Camping

Look for areas that allow camping. It’s always a cheaper than renting a room.

28. Work for your stay

There are many places that allow people to volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation.

29. Bargain

When buying goods or booking tours, use your judgement and if you think it’s overpriced, ask for a discount.

30. Avoid getting charged tourist prices

This one is the worst. Do your research and ask around before paying for anything. You will save a lot of money by not paying inflated prices for everything.

 

These are 30 tips I’ve listed from the top of my head. Help me add more by sharing them in the comments. Thanks

 

About Lorenzo Gonzalez

Lorenzo Gonzalez is the founder of Belizeadventure.ca, a resource for travel information on Belize. He enjoys traveling, social media and Paranda music. Contact him at lorenzo [at] belizeadventure.ca. Learn more...

10 Responses to 30 ways to save money on a Belize vacation

  1. Dan & Alissa | ThisWorldRocks. November 24, 2013 at 4:19 AM #

    Great list Lorenzo! We have Belize on our list of places to see and this will help a lot. Thanks!

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez February 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM #

      Thanks. When you decide to visit, send me an email for additional recos..

  2. tour packages in chennai December 17, 2013 at 3:28 AM #

    Yes all the tips are very much important. Thanks for sharing

  3. Vicky and Brian November 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM #

    Thanks for taking this information! We’re visiting in Feb, landing in Cancun but the more we research Belize, the less time we’re spending in a Mexico!

  4. Voyage Vietnam - Photos Vietnam December 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM #

    Nice tips that help to save money while travel in belize

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