8 Unusual Things to Know About Belize

In the 5๏ธโƒฃ months since moving ๐Ÿšš I’ve discovered ๐Ÿ’ก 8 Unusual Things to Know About Belizeโฃ๏ธ

1. Tourist Season

Most people vacation ๐Ÿ›ซ from June to August when kids are out of school ๐Ÿซ However, Belizean tourist season runs from November to February ๐Ÿ“… Flights and accommodations ๐Ÿจ are at peak pricing ๐Ÿ“ˆ beaches and restaurants are more crowded ๐ŸŽ‰ but with so many options it’s easy to find something for everyone ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

The 2๏ธโƒฃ airlines that fly in Belize are Maya Island Air and Tropic Air ๐Ÿ’บ I prefer Tropic Air because of the pricing ๐Ÿ’ต but both airlines come equipped with small island hopper planes โœˆ๏ธ and extremely helpful staff ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โœˆ๏ธ

2. Belize Beaches

The most popular beaches are on San Pedro (Amergris Caye) if you like underwater activities ๐Ÿคฟ Although I have not been I’m told it’s like Vegas ๐ŸŽฐ if it had a beach ๐Ÿ’ฏ Traveling to San Pedro next week for Carnaval ๐ŸŽŠ so will give you an update ๐Ÿ”œ

Caye Caulker is much more of a backpackers ๐ŸŽ’ paradise with tons of hostels ๐Ÿฉ all over the islandโ—๏ธ Caye Caulker wasn’t really my vibe ๐Ÿ˜Ž but I understand why so many young people enjoy vacationing there ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ Created a video ๐ŸŽฅ so make sure to subscribe โฌ‡๏ธ so you can see when it posts ๐Ÿ“ฌ

My favorite beaches are on the resort peninsula ๐Ÿ—พ of Placencia in the Stann Creek District. Below are 3๏ธโƒฃ videos but have many more to come ๐Ÿ’—
What makes Placencia unusual ๐Ÿคช is False Caye which is an overwash mangrove caye (virtually no land) ๐Ÿคฏ located east of Seine Bight & Maya Beach. 

3. Umbrellas Will Save You

Knowing I was traveling during the rainy season ๐Ÿ’ฆ I packed a push-button compact umbrella โ˜”๏ธ and a few rain ponchos. When looking for the same type for my son, couldn’t find a single 1 in the 4๏ธโƒฃ cities we lived. You can find tons of long manual hook handle umbrellas โ˜‚๏ธ everywhere. However, if you want a small umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚ that fits in your bag ๐Ÿ‘œ then bring your own or order it from the states ๐Ÿ—ฝ It is not only to protect you from the tropical ๐ŸŒด rain which occurs almost daily but the beating sun ๐ŸŒž

4. Renting A Car

The first time I rented a car ๐Ÿš— was to take a trip to the west of the country to look for rental properties ๐Ÿข Having no idea ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ where I was going I figured I would enter the address ๐Ÿ“ช into the car’s GPS ๐Ÿงญ When I got the car was told rental cars ๐Ÿš˜ in Belize rarely have a GPS ๐Ÿ˜ง due to the lack of cell towers ๐Ÿ—ผ along the highway ๐ŸŒ‰ Fortunately, I knew Google Maps has an off-line map app ๐Ÿ“ฒ The gentleman at the car rental place had no idea ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿพ He even messaged me days later to get the information again to give 2๏ธโƒฃ another customer ๐Ÿ˜‚

5. Beauty Product Taxes

When packing my boxes ๐Ÿ“ฆ to move to Belize, created a list ๐Ÿ“ of items in each box to help ๐Ÿ†˜get them cleared โœ… through customs ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€โš–๏ธ Throughout the first month ๐Ÿ“… discovered the sand flies ๐ŸฆŸ here are no joke ๐Ÿšซ & had to purchase bug spray. I was shocked at the high cost for a small can ๐Ÿ˜ฟ When talking to a ๐Ÿ†• friend she explained beauty products like nail polish ๐Ÿ’… and sunscreen ๐Ÿงด are taxed ๐Ÿช™ more than say kitchen appliances ๐Ÿฅฃ If moving ๐Ÿšš to Belize make sure to investigate ๐Ÿ”Ž how to get your beauty items here ๐Ÿ†—

6. WhatsApp is Everywhere

My main concern when moving ๐Ÿ›ซ was how 2๏ธโƒฃ keep in contact ๐Ÿ“ฑ with my family & friends; have had the same phone โ˜Ž๏ธ number for more than 3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ years ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Found most people & businesses ๐Ÿญ in Belize have a WhatsApp #๏ธโƒฃ Why do people use WhatsAppโ“ Because it’s ๐Ÿ†“ secure ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ and end-to-end encrypted ๐Ÿฅณ

7. Immigration is Easy

To become a resident ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ in Belize you must extend your 3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ day tourist visa for a year โณThere are only 7๏ธโƒฃ immigration offices ๐Ÿฌ in the country ๐Ÿ˜ฌ My first renewal โ™ป๏ธ I completed in Corozal, where you had a 6 minute walk ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ to a separate office to pay ๐Ÿ’ต, return with a receipt โž• wait to complete the stamp ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Fortunately, I now live in the capital city ๐ŸŒ‡ of Belmopan where the immigration headquarters is locatedโฃ๏ธHere you not only can pay ๐Ÿ’ฐ in the same office you can renew up to 3๏ธโƒฃ months in advance. I won’t ๐Ÿšซ say how much it costs as it may change ๐Ÿ†™

Another fun fact ๐Ÿฅธ I discovered ๐Ÿ’ก is they take tourist renewals before helping ๐Ÿ†˜ other immigration cases. This is to make it easy for people wanting to live here ๐Ÿ†’ If you had to wait hours โฑ every month to renew โ™พ you would just pack up ๐Ÿงณ and move back home, RIGHT? โœ…

8. Sending & Receiving Mail

I have not seen a mail person ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€โœˆ๏ธ delivering mail or even mailboxes ๐Ÿ“ซ in front of peoples homes ๐Ÿก Not to say they don’t exist but I just have not seen them. Even my year old apartment building ๐Ÿข does not have a place for people to send or receive mail ๐Ÿ’Œ There is a post office ๐Ÿฃ near by so when having someone send something ๐Ÿ“จ you have to pick it up ๐Ÿ“ฆ

Needing to send my son’s computer ๐Ÿ’ป back to Maryland I stopped at the post office to find out the process โœ… The mail lady said I would have to pay $80 BZ ($40 US) to have it packaged ๐Ÿ“ฆ and shipped ๐ŸšขWhen I asked how long it would take she said 3-5 weeks ๐Ÿคฏ I asked about express shipping ๐Ÿ“จ and she said that was the express shipping โ—๏ธ When I asked how long a simple letter ๐Ÿ’Œ would take she said it was the same 3๏ธโƒฃ-5๏ธโƒฃ weeks. If you need to ship something to Belize keep this in mindโฃ๏ธ

Currently waiting for a part for my hot water heater so it’s been 2๏ธโƒฃ weeks of ice cold showers ๐Ÿฅถ

Hope you have enjoyed the 8 Unusual Things to Know About Belize ๐Ÿ’—

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