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Belize, exciting diving trip in the Caribbean

Belize is an exciting country and offers not only diving but also culture and nature on land. Formerly known as British Honduras, the country is located on the Caribbean coast between Mexico and Guatemala. The country changed its name as recently as 1973 and became independent in 1981. It is now the only country in the Caribbean/Central America to have English as its official language.

In 2010, Belize became the first country in the world to ban bottom trawling. Some 37% of the country's total area is now protected in some way to conserve nature. It is sometimes considered the world's most important area for protecting the majestic jaguar, among others. The country has a rich culture dating back to the Mayan period and there are many fascinating temples and remains from that time. There is also a wealth of wildlife and flora on land and species such as the black orchid, mahogany, tapirs and toucans are all national symbols today.

The world's second largest barrier reef

Belize's coast is widely known for its stunning barrier reef, which is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The reef stretches over 300 kilometres along the coast and is part of the reef that continues from Mexico down to Honduras. The reef was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. It is now home to over 100 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. The reef is not well explored, so many more species are thought to exist. Most famous are sites like the blue hole, a legendary dive site. The three atolls of Turneffe Reef, Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef also offer great Caribbean diving and dive trips here are very popular. In spring, whale sharks are very common along the coast.

Diving, snorkelling and freediving as well as fishing make tourism the country's largest source of income after agriculture. Belize receives about one million tourists a year and has a population of just over half a million. The best diving is on a liveaboard.

For those who want to travel to Belize and dive either with accommodation from shore or do a liveaboard, you will need a number of nights on shore before and after the trip. You will also need to make a stop on the way to Belize when you fly here as connections from Scandinavia unfortunately make it impossible to leave on the same day. Alternative stops could be Panama, Cancun in Mexico, Toronto in Canada or via the USA. We will of course arrange those nights for you as well. We have a lot of experience with diving trips to the Caribbean.

Travel information Belize

  • Tidszon: GMT -67
  • Valuta: Belize dollar
  • Språk: Engelska men även spanska och belizean creole
  • Vatten: Undvik att dricka kranvatten och is gjord på kranvatten. Köp istället vatten på flaska.
  • Visum: Som svensk medborgare behöver du inte visum för att resa till Thailand för max 30 dagar.
  • Hälsa: Kontakta din närmsta vaccinationsklinik för rådgivning
  • Tryckkammare: Finns i Belize, San Pedro
  • Landsnummer: +501
  • El: 110 volt. De flesta eluttag motsvarar amerikanska uttag Typ A men även typ B och G finns.
  • Väder: Klimatet är varmt och subtropiskt, temperaturen varierar i regel mellan 23-29°C grader beroende på säsong. Kallast är normalt december till mars då det är torrsäsong och varmast är normalt maj - september. Regnsäsongen pågår oftast mellan maj/juni - november, men augusit och september är ofta torra. 
  • Dricks: Ca 10% av notan är vanligt.
  • Klädrekommendationer: Vardaglig klädsel passar i alla lägen, även vid besök i de finare, hotellrestauranger.
  • Time zone: GMT -67
  • Currency: Belize dollar
  • Language: English but also Spanish and Belizean Creole
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Buy bottled water instead.
  • Visa: As a Swedish citizen you do not need a visa to travel to Thailand for a maximum of 30 days.
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure chamber: Available in Belize, San Pedro
  • Country code: +501
  • Electricity: 110 volts. Most electrical outlets correspond to US Type A outlets but Type B and G are also available.
  • Weather: The climate is warm and subtropical, with temperatures generally ranging from 23-29°C depending on the season. The coldest is normally December to March when it is the dry season and the hottest is normally May - September. The rainy season is usually from May/June to November, but August and September are often dry.
  • Tips: about 10% of the bill is common.
  • Clothing recommendations: Casual attire is appropriate at all times, even when visiting the finer, hotel restaurants.

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