Belize is the only country in the world able to boast that in a single day it’s possible to go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef (185 miles) in the western hemisphere. English is the official language because Belize was a British colony and retains ties to Britain. However, most Belizeans use the more familiar Belize Kriol, an English-based creole. Spanish is the mother tongue of Mestizo and Central American settlers, and is a second language for much of the country. All share the rich lands that make up Belize. These myriad cultural and racial backgrounds have succeeded in maintaining their distinct heritages, while managing to live harmoniously. The influence of all these cultures has made Belize a remarkably integrated society Belize is steeped in Caribbean culture and the lifestyle here is very casual.
Visitors are permitted to stay in Belize for a period not to exceed 30 days. Extensions are routinely granted at Immigration offices located in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Orange Walk, and Belize City. For more information the Immigration & Nationality Department in Belmopan can be contacted at 501 822 2611 / 822 2423. Philip S. Goldson International Airport is situated 10 miles from Belize City, in Ladyville. Regular international services to and from the United States, Central America, and Mexico are maintained by a number of airlines, including American, Continental and Taca . Taxi fare from the International airport to Belize City is around $US20. Flights to Belize have more information about air carriers serving Belize.
Departure Tax: A US$35.00 departure tax per person is required when leaving the Belize Int’ Airport. Visitors leaving by the northern border with Mexico or the western border with Guatemala pay US$ 17.50 in US or Belizean currency.
The currency unit is the Belize dollar (BZ$). The fixed rate of exchange is BZ$2 to US$1. There are four commercial banks. All four cash travelers checks, give cash advances on Visa or Master cards and have wire transfer services: Belize Bank, First Caribbean Bank, Atlantic Bank, and the Canadian-based, Bank of Nova Scotia.
Time Zone – The time zone is Central Standard; Mountain Standard during Daylight Savings time in the US. Daylight Savings is not observed in Belize.
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