Belize is located just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Bordered by Guatemala to the west and south. Approximately the size of Massachusetts, with a population of 225,000.
110 volts. No adapters necessary for U.S. appliances. Some remote hotels have electricity furnished by generators.
Taxis are available at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport and generally in all towns. Fares are strictly regulated within Belize City.
Regular, scheduled bus service operates to and from all main towns - to the border of Guatemala and across the Mexican border to Chetumal and Cancun.
Duty-free importation is allowed for: The accompanied baggage of the passenger, wearing apparel, jewelry, binoculars and cameras, all of which are not intended for any other person or resale. Each person is allowed to import: One carton (200 only) cigarettes and one bottle (fifth) of alcoholic beverage, duty-free.
Rice and beans are the staples of the Belizean diet, often served with chicken. Creole, Mexican, Central American, Chinese, Indian and American cuisine are also served. Seafood is widely available, although it is illegal to serve lobster generally between March 15 and June 14.
Some hotels and restaurants add a 15 percent service charge, which is distributed among the staff. In general, follow the same guidelines you would use at home, tipping as a way of rewarding good service.
The coral reefs off the coast provide the longest continuous barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Calm Caribbean waters inside the reef range from turquoise to aquamarine. Lack of wave action allows sea grasses to grow; Belize does not have a "walk-in" beach. Low coastal areas are mangrove swamp. Most of the mainland is covered in broadleaf jungle, which yields to pines at higher elevations. Belize is crisscrossed with navigable rivers including the Mopan, New River, and Belize River. The Maya Mountains have numerous waterfalls.