Travelling to Belize can be a real adventure due to it not being on the main tourism map and lacking all of the normal tourist trappings seen around the world. It is a country of rugged coastlines, secluded beaches, and rainforest but when travelling there you should still follow a number of tips that can be applied to most countries. The first tip on traveling to Belize is to be prepared with where you are visiting. You should spend time researching and doing your homework on places you would like to visit and have an idea about how you shall get there.
Those people traveling to Belize from the UK, USA, European Union countries, and many of the Caribbean islands can enter the country freely. People from other countries may have to check their own situation but most others need a visa which is valid for one month although extensions are available.
While you can follow general common sense travel tips which can be applied to countries around the world, there are some tips and bits of advice that should be adhered to within Belize itself.
Although you can spend a fair amount of your time on one of the secluded beaches you should not wear your beach clothes in and around towns or cities. It is looked upon as being more disrespectful by some and you should dress casually when in this area. Due to Belize being more relaxed you only really require one outfit for more formal types of places but this really may never be used.
You should keep in mind that your sense of time can be completely different to the sense of awareness of time in Belize. It is much more laid back and punctuality is not high on the agenda so you have to plan accordingly and try to not get annoyed and be impatient. This is the way of things across the country and something you have to get used to so as things do ultimately get done. Losing your temper or trying to force an issue can make them put their shutters up and you shall get nowhere.
When leaving the country you have to pay a tax. This should have been included in your ticket but it is important to check this when you book to avoid getting a rather nasty surprise and a demand for more money.
As with most countries, there are some bad areas in cities no matter the size so this research can prevent you from spending a night in an area where it is best to avoid as a tourist. You should also be aware of potential diseases you could pick up traveling in Belize and have the relevant inoculations before you travel.
This is intended as just to give you a few basic, common sense tips on traveling to Belize. It is a country which can provide you with numerous wonderful memories. However, these memories can be tarnished if you do not take time in looking into things before you travel.