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.
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, TravelZoo and similar travel deals sites
Sites like Travelzoo offer daily deals and Groupon works with businesses who are willing to offer bargains. Keep a lookout and you might end up bidding on a dream vacation to Belize.
6. Use a budget guidebook
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 offseason
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.
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 within walking distances. Hitchhiking in Belize is not popular but definitely doable, just wait at the countless speed bumps.
14. Find other travelers 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
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 lunchtime is the best bargain if you’re eating out. For dinner the entrées are smaller and cost more.
Look for areas that allow camping. It’s always 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.
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 off the top of my head. Help me add more by sharing them in the comments. Thanks