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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize

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Imagine the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea lapping on the shores as the white sand glistens in the sun.

Sea turtles and whale sharks swimming among you as you snorkel and dive in the second largest coral reef in the world and the longest in the Western Hemisphere.

Ancient Mayan ruins towering above the jungle landscape.  And you’ll find yourself in Belize.

Reasons to visit Belize

But jungles, beaches, and snorkeling aside, there are many reasons why you should add Belize to your bucket list.

Here are 5 simple reasons why you should travel to Belize:

1.  No Visa Required

If you’re a US citizen, you do not need a visa to travel to Belize.

2.  English Is Spoken

You won’t have to use Google Translate or any other foreign language translation app.  Because English is the official language of Belize.

3.  Set Currency Rates

Unlike other countries where the currency rate fluctuates, there are no currency fluctuations in Belize.  The currency exchange rate is set at two Belize dollars to one US dollar. Always.

Yep, all day, everyday, all the time. So put those currency converters away because the math is simple.  If the listed price is $28bzd, it’s $14.

4.  Dollars Accepted Everywhere

And if a set currency rate isn’t enough to convince you, how about not having to get foreign currency or Belize dollars.

You read that right. You do not have to exchange your US dollars when you visit Belize.  Because the US dollar is accepted everywhere in Belize.

5.  Short Flights From the US

In slightly over two hours, you could be sunning on the beach or hiking in the jungle (if you fly out of Miami).

Coming from New York, a flight to Belize takes six and a half hours.  Less than a full day at work. Hmm, go to work or fly to Belize…


Not sure why you should visit Belize?  As the only country in Central America where English is the official language, you won’t have any language barriers when traveling in Belize.

And with no visa requirements, a fixed current rate, US dollars widely accepted, and quick flights from the US, Belize is an easy country for an international vacation.

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Jenn Kinnamon

Sunday 25th of March 2018

You don't need a passport? We're planning a trip this July.

Debra Schroeder

Monday 26th of March 2018

Hi Jenn Kinnamon,

You need a passport to visit Belize. If you're a US citizen, you don't need a visa.


Monday 21st of September 2015

I knew I wanted to visit Belize because I've seen photos of the beaches. I didn't realise how easy it was though - the no visas and US dollars thing is great!!

Debra Schroeder

Monday 21st of September 2015

Hi Shobha,

Totally easy. Even more so because everyone speaks English. :)


Sunday 20th of September 2015

I stopped in Belize when I was on a cruise and loved it!

Debra Schroeder

Monday 21st of September 2015

Hi Ashley,

That was our first introduction to Belize too. It just took us 9 years to get back. :)

Mama Munchkin

Thursday 17th of September 2015

Those are very compelling reasons. We missed some great flights they had out of LAX recently... but fares are still under $500 so still very affordable.

Debra Schroeder

Thursday 17th of September 2015

Hi Mama Munchkins,

LOL, right? We were actually in Belize when American Airlines was offering $220 roundtrip flights from San Diego. I couldn't get a decent Wi-Fi connection or I would have booked several more trips.


Monday 14th of September 2015

Yay for Belize! I've only been there once, but would love to go back again at some point! I went cave tubing while I was there, and it was a ton of fun! :]

Debra Schroeder

Thursday 17th of September 2015

Hi Farrah,

Sounds like your first visit to Belize (like ours) was on a cruise. We did the cave tubing as well.

Our second trip (this summer) we stayed a week. Next time we'll go for two weeks or longer.

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