Here is a little practical information about the destination to help with your planning, but please do contact us with any questions that you might have.
Belmopan is the capital of Belize and the official language is English, although many mestizos (those of mixed Maya and European blood) only speak Spanish. The increasingly used creole language has both an English and a Spanish version and is often a mixture of the two languages.
The national dish of Belize is rice and beans but in certain restaurants you can also get lobster and tropical reef dish. Many of the hotel restaurants offer a mix of international and national dishes. The national Belikin beer is very tasty.
The Belizean Dollar is a fixed at an exchange rate of US£1 to BZ$2, which makes calculating costs rather easy. Generally, in conversation, most people refer to the US currency as dollars and the Belizean as simply "Belize". Belize is generally a pretty expensive country in comparison to other areas in Central AMericax, and prices are usually around the same as in the US. UK pounds are not easy to change in Belize so please take US Dollars. Almost all hotels and tour operators will accept the major credi tcards, although a 5% tax is often added. Travellers Cheques are not widely accepted. It is best to carry small denominations of cash, as change can be difficult to come by.
As always tipping is voluntary not obligatory. In restaurants usually 10% is acceptable with 15% for exceptional service. In some cases, this will be added to your bill automatically, so do check this before paying.
Belize is a relaxed country and the people very friendly but please ask permission before taking photographs.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.