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Belize Money-Saving Tips

Low-cost Attractions in Belize City

Stop by Belize City's House of Culture, the former residence of the British colonial governor, for a tour of life in colonial times; admission is just $5. Across the street, gain free entry to St. John's Cathedral, which was constructed by slaves in the 1800s from the bricks used as ballast on empty slave trade ships.

Play it Safe

Special tourist police have tempered Belize’s daunting reputation as Pirate City. Stay in the city’s main tourist areas to avoid petty crime and harassment and avoid purchasing marijuana, you may be set up by the police, or robbed.

Just Bring It

There are some duty free stores in Belize City, but no one really comes here to shop, so don’t bank on picking-up must-have items here. Pack your own insect repellent, waterproof and high-SPF sunscreen – you’ll need it everywhere.

Outdoor Chic

Leave the dressy resort wear and heels at home – sturdy hiking shoes, and comfortable, light cotton clothing with long sleeves and pants are best for protection against sun, thorny brush and pests like ticks.

Bug Off

Bring plenty of military-strength bug repellent and make sure accommodations provide fine mosquito netting before you book; otherwise you’ll suffer the stinging bites of the sand flies that invade coastal areas when the air is calm.

No Plastic

Be aware that credit cards are rarely accepted outside resorts. U.S. dollars, on the other hand, are accepted everywhere at the rate of one per every two Belize dollars (BZ$). Always check which currency prices are quoted.

Entry Requirements

In order to enter Belize Americans must have passports and return plane tickets.

Language

Almost everyone speaks English, which is the one of two official languages in Belize (the other is Spanish).

The Big Bruk-Down

Celebrating their 1981 independence from Britain, September 10 to September 21 (Independence Day) is a period of almost nonstop festivities, culminating with costumed revelers following bands and sound systems on flatbed trucks through the city’s streets.

Mayan Deer Dance

Commencing August 25, masked Mopan Maya villagers perform this ancient ceremonial dance during the 9-day Fiesta de San Luis Rey in the southern village of San Antonio.

Dia de San Pedro

A boat parade and blessing of the fleet on June 29 kicks off Ambergris Caye’s annual three-day fiesta, a typical Belizean party with rum-drinking and high-energy Caribbean rhythms.

Crooked Tree Cashew Festival

Each May, Crooked Tree, a small settlement in the middle of a wildlife preserve, celebrates their cashew crop with a Caribbean-style country fair with bush food, down-home Creole river music and delicious cashew fruit wine.

Punta Rock Till You Drop

The 1832 landing of Belize’s Afro-Carib people in Dangriga is reenacted nationwide at dawn on Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19th), setting off three days of nonstop drumming and butt-gyrating punta dancing. Dangriga’s celebration is the largest.

Chocolate Festival

Make chocolate, eat chocolate, and learn about Belize’s organic cacao groves from the people whose ancestors discovered the luscious edible. The Toledo Chocolate Festival rocks the tiny southern capital of Punta Gorda from May 23 to 25.

Find the Sweet Spot

May and November are great times to experience Belize; the tropical foliage is lush, weather warm in the upper 70s/lower 80s and many uncrowded resorts still offer attractive rates.

Easy Wildlife Viewing

Belize is known for some of the most alluring wildlife in the world – like scarlet macaws and harpy eagles, jaguars, monkeys and peccary. Animal lovers can visit national parks like the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary for $8, or the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve for just $10.

Drink Like a Local

If you're heading out to the bars, stick to drinking Belikin, a local beer that usually costs $1 to $2 and is a cheaper alternative to imported beers.

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