Planning Your Trip to Belize

Planning Your Trip to Belize

Getting Started ...

When planning your trip to Belize, duPlooy's recommends a combination of jungle and beach activities. Start your trip inland where the activities can require more energy and then continue on to the coast to dive, snorkel and take it easy, if you like.

While it is common to confine a Belize stay to the coast or offshore Caye, this will limit your inland experience to day trips only; most likely requiring spending several hours on the road only to arrive at a popular inland destination, such as Xunantunich, a Maya archaeological site or Cave Tubing at Jaguar Paw, to find the site teeming with cruise ship visitors and others coming from the coast and cayes as well ... and then there is the long drive back ...

This occurrence can be avoided by planning a stay to include at least a few inland days, if only because with so much to do you would be missing out. Not only can we schedule these same tours at convenient times, when they will be far less crowded, an inland stay allows visitors to spend more time on-site and not be confined to just a single activity for the day. Plus your activities options are not limited to just the ones easily accessible from the main road.

So If you would like to see more truly magnificent Maya Archaeological Sites, venture into the Maya Underworld to witness more incredibly impressive cave systems, Swim, Tube & Canoe in pristine waters, take in the abundant Wildlife while hiking about, and allow for some time just absorbing some of the finest handi-work nature has to offer, keep in mind that Cayo District has all of this and so much more!

And it goes without saying for unsurpassed diving, snorkeling and fishing, Belize's Barrier Reef, with its abundance of marine life, make it a must for your Belize Vacation.

A Few Tips ...

Passport:  You will need a valid passport for entry into Belize.  Citizens of the US, the British Commonwealth (except India), Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and the EU will be issued a 30-day visa upon entry.  Other citizens contact the nearest Belizean consulate or embassy for more information.   To stay more than 30 days you may apply for a visa extension at the Belize Immigration office in Belmopan.  Extensions are renewable monthly at a cost of $25.00. Make sure that you have at least 6 months left on your passport or you may not be allowed to travel. 

Air Travel:  The Philip S. Goldson International Airport is situated about 10 miles by road from Belize City and 78 miles from duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge.  Local airlines, Maya Island Air and Tropic Air offer regular flights within Belize.  

Departure Fees:  A Belize departure fee is normally included in your airline ticket.

Visitors leaving by road into Guatemala or Mexico pay US$20.00 or the equivalent in Belize currency, which is BZ $40.00

ATM Services:  There is ATM service at all of the banks and the exchange rate is $1.9725 BZ to $1.00US.  Most business accept US$ at $2.00BZ

Time Zone:  Belize is located in the US Central Standard time zone and Mountain Standard during Daylight Savings time in the US.  Daylight Savings Is not observed in Belize and daylight hours vary little throughout the year.

Electricity:  Current in Belize is 110 volts AC, the same as in the US.  . A small surge suppressor is highly recommended for computers and other sensitive equipment. At duPlooy’s we use a combination of Solar and Diesel Power and ask that you unplug your electronic items after they are charged and turn off all lights and fans when you leave your room.

Climate: Belize’s climate  is sub-tropical, tempered by trade winds. Extreme temperatures in coastal districts range from about 10°C (50°F) to about 36°C. (96°F). Belize has an annual mean temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual Rainfall in Belize varies from an average of 50 inches in the north to 180 inches in the extreme south. The dry season usually extends from February to the end of May, with a possible dry spell in August.

Next Steps ...

1.   Decide how long you can stay in each location and what kind of vacation you want – lively adventure, relaxation or a combination of both.

2.  Contact us to create your own vacation anywhere in Belize or call us in the US at (737) 209-8075 or in Belize at +011-501-824-3101 and we will do our very best to make your personalized vacation to Belize an unforgettable adventure that will educate, inspire, and energize you like no other.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go?
February- April is the driest time of the year while July is the wettest month. High season runs from mid December to April. The rest of the year is less crowded, lodging is discounted and the tropical diversity is most evident during this time of year.

Can I drink the Water?
Towns have chlorinated water. Rain-water is used for drinking in many villages. If you are not sure ask. Bring a reusable water bottle. We do not charge for filling your water bottle at duPlooy's. The potable tap water at duPlooy's is from a 200' well and is safe to drink. There is also filtered water available in the office and at the bar.

Do I need shots?
None are required, but you might consider a gamma globulin shot for hepatitis A and B as they are a good idea anytime you travel as are boosters for tetanus. As for malaria pills, they can cause unpleasant side effects so many people choose to do without.  We don’t take them ourselves.

How do I get here?
We can arrange road, air or boat transportation for you to or from anywhere in Belize. Local airlines: Tropic Air provides transportation to and from  Maya Flats, just 3 miles from duPlooy’s and between all destinations within Belize, as well as Guatemala City, Flores, Guatemala and Cancun, Mexico. duPlooy’s includes transfers as specified in your package. 

If you are using one of our “Create Your Own” packages and would like to fly between duPlooy's and other destinations, book your flight through us and save 25%.  We do however, recommend using ground transportation at least one way so that you can make one of our optional stops en route.

How much will it cost?
Belize is one of those countries where you can choose to spend a substantial amount of money or stick to a modest budget and still have a good time.

Should I book in advance?
In the High Season (December-April) reservations are a good idea at the more established places. If you are traveling with a group, ask about discounts.

What about Renting a Car?
There are a number of car rental agencies in Belize City and San Ignacio.  If you rent a car to drive to Tikal, make sure that you have all of the paperwork necessary to cross into Guatemala.

What to Bring?

Clothing: Casual summer clothing is appropriate, but make sure that you bring along a hat to protect your head and include a sweater or jacket for cool weather at higher elevations or boat trips, light rain gear, close-toed shoes for hiking and exploring caves and long pants for horseback riding.

Eye Wear & Care: Bright, sunny days require sunglasses, Polarized is best.

Footwear: Tennis shoes, comfortable walking shoes, sandals. Bring hiking boots with good tread or tennis shoes and socks for jungle excursions and water shoes for wading in the rivers and the sea.

Sunscreen Lotions & Repellents: It’s necessary to protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Pack plenty of eco-friendly sunscreen, as bugs do live in the jungle, as well as in beach areas.

Just In Case: Binoculars are invaluable to increase your enjoyment. Take a small flashlight or head lamp with rechargeable batteries, along with water bottle and a wet/dry bag to protect valuables while caving, canoeing, hiking and adventuring.

Photocopy important documents such as passport, driver's license, credit cards, prescription medication forms and, airline ticket. Bring an extra supply of prescription medications.

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International Calls to Belize: 011 (501) 824-3101
From the US: (737) 209-8075 (9 am-6 pm CST)