Both Belmopan and Belize City have hospitals, with medical equipment and a number of doctors and specialists. Towns and villages throughout the country have either a hospital or a clinic as well.
Yes it is safe to drink tap water as it is filtered and chlorinated water. However it is recommended that you drink bottled water which is easily available. Some Belizean homes and hotels use cisterns to collect rainwater for drinking and home use.
Answer: Shots are not required to enter the country. However, one should consider having a gamma globulin for Hepatitis A, booster for Typhoid and for Tetanus as well. On occasion Malaria has been found in Belize and can be prevented or cured with Chloroquine. Chloroquine can cause liver damage when used for a prolonged time period. Often travelers on long visits choose to carry mosquito repellant while in the jungle in lieu of taking Chloroquine for a prolonged period. For professional advice, consult your local Health Department or family physician.
No, we do not offer this amenity due to the nature of our lodge. We operate on generator power which limits the types of electrical appliances that we can use. Hairdryers, irons, etc are not available.
WE NOW OFFER Free WIFI to all guests. We no longer have a computer for guests to use. You may simply connect your Tab, Smart Phone or personal Laptop to our open WIFI at the main lodge building.
WIFI is not available in any guest rooms.
Being in the jungle however and a bit remote, internet connection may be interrupted at times (something that is beyond our control). Please exercise patience with us during these times.
A departure tax is charged when leaving Belize. Our front desk can let you know how much this will be and the preferred method of payment.
There are several methods from which to ship goods into Belize:
BY AIR: You can ship items via air to the Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport, P.O. Box 367, Belize City, which is approximately 10 miles from Belize City (Phone: 025-2013/2014). The main airlines are Belize Air International, Continental, American Airlines (from Miami, Dallas, Houston), Taca Airlines (from Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Orleans)
BY SEA: The main seaport of entry into the country is the Belize Port Authority, Belize City. Other seaports of entry are Corozal Town, Dangriga, Punta Gorda Town, San Pedro and Barranco. The requirements of a boat are the boat’s official documentation, clearance from the last port of call, three copies of the crew and passenger manifesto, three copies of stores used or a list of cargo on board (if there are not any, an imballast manifesto). The main Ocean Carriers are NedLloyd from Europe, Hyde from Miami, Harrison from Europe, Hapag-Lloyd from Europe, Hamilton Brothers from Tampa, Carol from the Caribbean and Europe.
Answer: Each country is different so call your customs and immigrations branch for further details for your country.
Answer: After getting off the plane have your passport and travel documents available to go through customs. The officer may ask you to open your bag. Your personal items are allowed in Belize.
A 30 day visitor’s permit will be issued to you upon arrival. Extensions are routinely granted at Immigration offices location in San Pedro, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Orange Walk, and Belize City.
A valid passport and return ticket is necessary for entry into Belize. No visas are required for citizens of the U.S., British Commonwealth nations, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay.
Answer: Nothing invites trouble like a tourist with lots of jewelry, expensive or not. If you can, leave it at home, else leave it locked up at your hotel when you are out site seeing or doing any activity away from your hotel
Answer: Cool, comfortable, casual clothing such as shorts, T-shirts and/or camp shirts, light weight cotton pants, and sundresses will cover all your clothing needs.
Be sure to pack comfortable, well treaded walking shoes for sightseeing, and sandals for the water and beach. If you’re going to be trekking in the jungle, a pair of well-treaded hiking shoes is also recommended.
A knapsack, or daypack is a great idea for day trips and expeditions. In it you can carry water bottles, snacks, camera, film, and other essentials such as sunscreen and insect repellent. The intensity of the sun makes polarized sunglasses, good sunscreen, and a brimmed hat essential.
Just in case there’s an unexpected (or maybe very expected) rain shower, include lightweight raingear in your suitcase as well. Your valuable are best left at home.
A flash light is useful for getting around the property at night.
Answer: Belize has a full postal service although it’s not known for its delivery speed. First class mail between Belize and the US averages 8-10 days for delivery. International Express mail from the US to Belize usually arrives in 3 Business days.
Answer: The country code for Belize is (501) and there are currently 17 area codes within Belize. Remote jungle lodges usually have short wave radio communications linked to a cellular service. The main communications company is the Belize Telemedia Limited, a private company who owns the telephone service which covers the entire country. A satellite earth station in Belmopan provides high quality telecommunications with the outside world. A cellular network is available country wide.
Answer: Electrical power is 110 volts, which is the same as the United States and Canada. Many places provide electricity via diesel generator equipment so a small surge suppresser is highly recommended for computers and other sensitive equipment.
Answer: Atlantic Bank Ltd., Bank of Nova Scotia, First Caribbean Bank, Heritage Bank, and the Belize Bank are the main banks in Belize, primarily located in Belize City but some can be found in other areas throughout Belize. Banks are generally open Monday-Friday 8 AM-1 PM and Saturdays, 8 AM-11 AM. ATM machines are located at most branches throughout Belize.
Answer: Nearly all hotels, restaurants and shops in the major towns and tourist areas take all major credit cards. Street vendors , smaller establishments in remote areas or those hotels in the jungle environment may accept only cash or travelers checks. Representatives of VISA, MasterCard and American Express can be contacted at the four commercial banks in Belize City.
Answer: Local currency is the Belize Dollar. One U.S. dollar is worth two Belize dollars. The Belize dollar is fixed to the U.S. dollar so this rate of exchange does not fluctuate.
Answer: Belize is on Central Standard Time; however, they do not observe Daylight Savings Time. The local time is Greenwich mean time minus six hours.
Answer: Belize currently has a 9% hotel tax for accommodations and a 12.5% GST or general sales tax on meals, transfers, expeditions, and store purchases. Some hotels also add a 10-15% “service charge” to the bill so inquire about this when checking hotel prices.
Answer: Belize has been an independent nation since 1981 but remains a member of the British Commonwealth. Parliamentary democracy with two major political parties, the United Democratic Party (UPD) and the Peoples United Party (PUP). Belize has a Constitution, which includes a Bill of Rights.
Answer: The Belize Tourist Board is a good place to go for additional information about Belize. They distribute free up-to-date bus schedules, city maps, a visitors’ magazine, and a comprehensive list of accommodations. They’re located on the second floor of the Central Bank building in Belize City.