This sparsely populated nation in central America – 334,000 people in a country of just under 23,000 square kilometers – is an alluring wonderland for those busy, hard-pressed city dwellers looking to escape autumn in the northern hemisphere. With its myriad terrestrial and marine species, and the diversity of its eco systems, Belize is a magnet […]
Adventure travel is another of those terms that can mean many things, as there is no official definition for it. We use the term to mean traveling with an adventurous spirit. Basically, if you want to take a trip that is just like being at home, that isn’t an adventure. Having an adventurous spirit means […]
South America has many fine beaches – and ones that can be far more unspoiled than those found in traditional European hot-spots. We have, however, concentrated on those accessible to Detour travelers, although we have also included an add-on for those who want to see the beach near Argentina’s capital. Detour offers many packages that allow […]
Spring is here in Montana, and as the weather has warmed up I’ve been stoked to get out and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)! Of course it’s warm somewhere all year long, so we at Detour are developing SUP trips in Latin America you can do any month of the year so you don’t have to […]
In order to enter Belize, all travelers will need a passport valid for at least 6 months after they depart. Visas are not currently required for travelers from the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and most other countries.
In an emergency dial 911. There are excellent hospitals in certain areas of Belize. Clinics are spread throughout the country but are not equipped for certain emergencies and may not have an English speaking doctor.
The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Belize. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don’t forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well. Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice or ask your tour leader if the […]
As Belize is a member of the British Commonwealth, English is the primary language spoken. You will hear some locals speaking in various dialects, but local kids are educated in English and English is widely spoken.
No immunizations are currently required for visiting Belize. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended. Medications to prevent malaria are also recommended, though some travelers opt not to take them. For the most current information, please consult your doctor and/or check out the Center for Disease Control’s page on Traveler’s Health in Belize.
Rice, beans, tortillas, tropical fruit, and fresh vegetables are some of the standard foods that travelers can expect in Belize. Much of the cuisine is borrowed from Mexico, the US, the UK, and the Caribbean.
Belize is six hours behind GMT, the same as Central Standard Time (CST). They do not observe daylight-savings time so during the months of April-October, Belize is on Mountain Standard Time (MST).
The weather is similar to Southern Florida with slightly warmer winters and summers. In the winter the occasional cold fronts, “northerns” do come down from the gulf of Mexico and pass through Belize. At these times it can be overcast, windy, rainy and choppy on the water. The dry season is April, May and late […]
The local currency in Belize is the Belizean dollar. The exchange rate is about US$1 = BZ$2, though many banks will give you a slightly lower rate. Most restaurants, markets, and other service providers will readily accept US dollars. They will generally give you change in Belizean dollars unless you request otherwise. ******** Looking for […]
Belize uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not need a converter or adapter. Looking for a great trip to Belize? Check out Detour’s Belize Trips.