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- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Measles – as of the Measles Global Update – March 13 2015
- Yellow Fever Vaccination – Proof of a Yellow Fever Vaccination is a requirement when entering Belize although there is no risk of Yellow Fever in the country.
Belize has a lovely average temperature of around 29◦C all year round. The coastal sea breezes, forests and jungles play their part in keeping the temperature comfortably cool, even on the hottest days. This comfortable climate makes for warm and enjoyable summers, and cool winters that never drop below 16◦C. Afternoon rainfalls help to cool off hot days from June until December, but these mild afternoon showers simply add to the destination's charm.
Hurricane season starts around the first of June and is sometimes a concern for travellers. However, Belize usually only experiences tropical storms. Belize shares an early warning network which has proven very effective in situations requiring evacuation and/or other emergency procedures.
Belize uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity – this is the standard used in North America. These plugs are usually flat two-pronged plugs, so be sure to bring an adaptor if your device plug has three prongs. Telephone The international dialling code for Belize is +501. Hotels will usually have various country codes listed in order to assist travellers who need to phone internationally. The dialling format for calling Belize from abroad is Landline IDD + 501 + Area Code + Recipient’s Number. Internet
Internet in Belize is easily accessible but it's very expensive. Belize Telemedia Limited is the main internet provider with Direct TV, Hughes and Starband all offering satellite internet services. WiFi can be accessed easily from a variety of hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. International roaming is available but can be extremely expensive if you're using a lot of data.
Emergency Number: 911
- Belize City Hospital
- San Ignacio Hospital ( Private Hospital)
- Balmopan Police Station and Headquarters
Belize has a total population of 340,844, as of July 2014. This nation is made up of a variety of ethnic groups; Mestizo, Creole, Maya, and Garifuna. Among these varied ethnic groups, English is considered an official language, but most Belizeans speak Spanish, Creole or other Mayan Dialects as well. Only 3.9% of the population speaks English, as their only language while 46% speak Spanish and English and 32.9% use Creole and English in their daily lives.
English is used in the larger cities and is especially prominent in tourist hot spots.
Belize has a variety of cultural influences. The Mayans were among the first to settle in Belize, with Spanish and British people following suite. This country has many of the same cultural characteristics as its Caribbean island neighbours. This beautiful country has a laid back atmosphere that accentuates the vivacious beauty of the island.
Belizeans are primarily Roman Catholic, although there is a growing Protestant population. The Mayan and Garifuna communities also practise their own mixture of Christianity and Shamanism, proving both fascinating and enlightening.
Belizean cuisine is part of Caribbean cuisine. Coconut, plantains and hot peppers are all commonly used ingredients. These are usually combined with meats, beans, and rice.
Suckling roasted pig served with vegetables or a delicious escabeche onion soup is a firm favourite around Mayan tables. Belizean dishes are often served with fresh coconut milk, and there are many spicy dishes that are guaranteed to tantalise the taste buds.
The amalgamation of ethnicities and cultures in Belize has inspired a unique and extraordinary culinary experience.
The tap water in Belize is not safe to drink. Visitors are advised to drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes. It's also important to remember to use bottled water when brushing your teeth.
Please keep in mind, that the security situation at place can change at any time. Therefore we recommend to have a look at the current safety information at Global Affairs Canada or Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Those who choose to travel do so entirely at their own risk. SC Travel Adventures endeavours to inform tourists of the risks involved with travelling but cannot be held liable for any events which occur outside of their direct control. Tourists are advised to avoid areas considered unsafe, remain vigilant and cautious at all times throughout their stay, and heed the advice of local authorities.