Belize Travel Information
Starting Your Journey to Jaguar Reef!
Major Airline Service To Belize
All international flights land at Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, 9 miles north of Belize City. U.S. airlines serving this destination include American, Continental, Delta, US Air.
Flight times are 2 hours from Miami and Houston, 5 hours from New York, and 8 hours from San Francisco. There are no direct flights from Europe – a U.S. connection is required.
From the International Airport a flight to Dangriga (15 minutes) is required to bring you within pickup distance to the Lodge. If you prefer we can arrange to pick you up at the International Airport and transport you to the Lodge by vehicle. The transit time is approx. 2.5 hours. Stops at the Belize Zoo and Blue Hole for a refreshing swim can easily be arranged.
The Language: English
English is the official language of Belize. In addition, local residents may be heard speaking Creole, an English slang with its own vocabulary. Spanish is spoken widely in the north and central regions, and Maya can be heard in the Toledo District.
Currency… No Problem!
The Belize dollar has a fixed exchange of two BZ$ to one U.S.$. Most hotels, resorts, restaurants and tour operators will gladly accept U.S. dollars. In addition, traveler’s checks and credit cards are widely accepted.
Given the wide acceptance of US$, ask which dollar is being quoted before paying.
Passports are required
Visitors to Belize require a valid passport and in some instances an entry visa. US, British, and Canadian citizens do not require entry visas. However, visas are required by citizens from the following countries: China, Cuba, Columbia, South Africa, Taiwan, India, and Libya.
Travelers are permitted to stay in Belize for 30 days. Extensions to stay longer can be processed through the Immigration Office in Belize City for a fee of BZ$25.00 (~$15 U.S.).
Good News! No shots or vaccinations
Vaccinations or medical clearances are not required. It is recommended that you bring your own prescription drugs and anti-malaria tablets for extended jungle stays.
Visit us during the Festival
Here’s a sampling of our National Festivals and Events:
March 19 – Baron Bliss Day
Mid-August – The San Pedro Sea & Air Festival
September 10 – The Battle of St. Georges Caye
September 21 – National Independence Day
November 19 – Garifuna Settlement Day
Taxes and Charges
There is a Hotel Room Tax of 9%, sales tax is 10% and in lieu of tipping there is an 8% service charge added to the meals and room portion of your bill.
On departure there is a BZ$40.00 (~$25 U.S.) airport tax. A permit is required to transport any fresh seafood. The permit is obtained from the Fisheries Department and is limited to 20 lbs.
In order to fully enjoy your vacation in Belize, we recommend that you bring the following items:
- Light cotton clothing, including long pants and shirts for jungle hikes;
- Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes with good treads;
- Lightweight rain jacket or poncho with hood;
- Light fleece or sweater (especially in the winter months);
- Water walkers;
- A sun hat;
- Sunscreen and insect repellent w/ DEET concentration;
- A good book, game, video or CD player in case of rainy days;
- Day Pack (fanny pack for carrying a few essentials on tours);
- Dive Card – you need this to do any diving with Jaguar Reef Lodge;
- A zest for adventure and a desire to see some of nature’s most beautiful places!
We look forward to welcoming you to Jaguar Reef Lodge and hope that your stay with us will be a truly memorable occasion!
There’s information specific to vacationing at Jaguar Reef Lodge available at our Questions & Answers page.