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International flights arrive and depart from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), outside of Belize City.
Visitors can also arrive on the many cruise ships that dock near Belize City.
Buses also serve Belize City from several Mexican resort cities, such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
Or visitors can cross into the country from the northern border of Guatemala.
Currency conversion here is easy to master. The US dollar buys you $2 Belize dollars and most merchants in the bigger cities will accept US dollars.
However, the country’s official tourism agency warns on its website that any bills over $20 “are a little more difficult to cash.”
There are dozens and dozens of islands in the country, so consider exploring some of them off the coast on your way to the Barrier Reef, for example, the longest one in the Western Hemisphere.
In fact, it comes in as one of the largest in the world, according to USATODAY.
Can’t find a cheap ticket into Belize City? An inexpensive option is to fly to Cancun or another nearby Mexican resort area and then ride a seven-hour bus into the country; overnight buses are also available so you can sleep through the drive. Or enter through Guatemala.
Lashworldtour.com has several great tips to save money here. Lash, a self-described “American nomadic world traveler,” found that bus riders can avoid a $40 USD exit fee from Guatemala by entering Belize at the Tikal/San Ignacio crossing.
And she found that by bringing a tent—whether by car, sea, or air—visitors who love the great outdoors can camp at selected sites for as little as $5-$10 a night, saving a bundle on hotels.
What did you do on your visit to Belize?
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