Know Before You Go

Snake Cayes Belize

Are you ready to plan your trip to Belize? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have worked in the tourism industry for over 10 years and have been writing this blog for almost 5 years.  Throughout that time I have used my local knowledge to make a resource-rich website filled with the best Belize travel tips.

Here’s an easy-to-read guide on things you need to know before you travel to Belize, from health and safety concerns to food and hotel recommendations, to what to bring and/ or buy. The tips below serve as a 10 step Belize travel guide that offers information on when to visit, where to go and what to do.

1. Travel Documents

Most people don’t need visas to enter Belize. All that is needed is a passport that is valid for more than 6 months.

Another important consideration is Belize’s airport departure tax and/ or border exit fees

2. Establish a cost – low budget, mid-range or luxury

Are you backpacking?

Do you want to experience the best of Belize but do it is as cheaply as possible?

You’re splurging, money isn’t a problem? or

3.  Choose a destination and when the best time to visit is

Belize is small but it has a lot to offer. Beach or jungle?

High season vs low season?

Belize festivals and events by month

4. Know what to do in Belize and how to spend your time – 7 day itinerary or 14 day itinerary

The top things to do in Belize:

Make the most out of a week in Belize:

Make the most out of two weeks in Belize:

5. Decide how you will get here & figure out how you will get around

Belize is easy to get to from almost anywhere. Land or Air?

Getting around Belize is easy, here’s a guide.

6. Book your accommodations

Browse my site for some of the best recommendations on where to stay. I would appreciate if you supported the hotels that buy ads with me: The Lodge at Chaa Creek (upscale) and duPlooys Jungle Lodge (budget) in San Ignacio, Cayo; Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort in Hopkins, Stann Creek; and Pelican Reef Villas in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Or you can reserve any hotel with Belize.

7. Health and safety concerns

Is Belize a safe country to travel?

A traveler’s guide to Belize’s healthcare system

8. Pack the essentials

What to pack for Belize.

9. Tipping in Belize

A simple guide to Belize’s tipping culture.

10. How to save money

A few ways you can save money on a Belize vacation.

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