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Flights from UK

There are flights via US and European hubs, the journey from London taking around 15.5 hours.

Currency

Belizean dollar. Notes can be obtained from money exchanges and also from banks which will supply advances on a debit or credit card. There are ATMs in Belize City where you can use a UK credit or debit card. You may have to get authorisation from your bank first, and withdrawal amounts may be limited.

When to go

The best weather conditions are during the dry season Dec-May. It can be cool in the highlands in winter, while the jungle areas are hot and humid all year.

Language

English.

Time difference

GMT -6 hrs

Combines with

A visit to neighbouring Guatemala, with its Latin and Maya cultural heritage, there’s a road link to the Mayan ruins at Tikal in the Petén jungle; southern Mexico, crossing the land border at Chetumal. 

Key events

Belize Carnival, (Feb/Mar). Lively celebrations especially in San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye.
Lobster season:  Lobster season starts Jun-Jul, with lobster on offer in all its forms, with drinking and partying.

Belize Independence Day: throughout the country, 21 Sep.  Parades, processions and parties.

Garifuna Settlement Day, Dangriga, 19 Nov. Includes parades, live music, drumming, dancing, and prayers in celebration of the first Garifuna Afro-Caribbean settlers.

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