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We recommend a combination of jungle and offshore activities for anyone coming to Belize.
If you want to see some of Belize’s Maya sites, venture into caves, swim, tube and canoe in pristine rivers, hike, do some birdwatching, or just absorb the best of what nature has to offer, you will want to spend time inland. Of course for unsurpassed diving, snorkeling and fishing, Belize's Barrier Reef, with its abundance of marine life, make it the cornerstone of the Belize tourism industry.
There are coastal and inland activities to suit everyone from small children to seniors and we can arrange a Belize vacation for individuals, groups, students and even families of several generations.
Here are 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 do 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.
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 departure fee of $39.75 per person is required when leaving Belize by air. This may be included in the price of your ticket so make sure you check. This fee is payable in US$ or by credit card only.
Visitors leaving by road into Guatemala or Mexico pay US$18.75 or the equivalent in Belize currency, which is BZ $37.50
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.
Internet and Telephone: Wireless Internet and Telephone service is widely available throughout Belize
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.
The 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 512-243-5285 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.
3. Just Make Sure You Stay Long Enough!