You really should try visiting Belize. You see, everyone wants to relax and unwind. For some people it’s coffee shops, others it is shopping, and then, of course, there is travel. Still, sometimes we only hear about the expensive or popular places to visit like Brazil, or Paris, or Japan.

These are definitely great places to visit, but Belize is like a Caribbean island in Central America with English as the main language. It’s good for first-time travelers and just people who want to get away. With that in mind here are some things you need to know about traveling in Belize.

Have Cash Ready

It is still possible to enjoy a getaway here on a tight budget. Still, it is a bit more expensive compared to other Central American destinations. Here are some of the prices to take note of:

•    Lodging per night: $15 for inland hostels / $20 to $25 on the islands

•    Food: A good meal at a casual restaurant is about $5

•    Alcohol: Store-bought beer $1.50 / Beer from bars $2.50

Now, what will go through your budget the most are guided tours and park fees. It is for a good cause though as they go to support and sustain the local tourism. You can save a little bit by going on a self-guided tour of the Maya ruins. There are also free activities like exploring the local markets, hiking, and swimming. Another tip is to befriend the locals for a chance at a more authentic experience.

Transportation and Safety

If you are sticking to a tight budget public transportation is the way to go. Take a wild ride on the chicken bus. Be warned these are old buses that are crowded and play really loud music. Also, it has no air conditioning and it makes several stops. Now if you are traveling in a group, chartering a taxi is a more comfortable option.

Belize is safe, too. There is no big threat to tourists. If anything, just practice standard safety precautions like not wandering around late at night and staying in a group rather than going to a bar alone. If possible take a taxi between destinations. It costs a little more, but it’s worth the peace of mind.

What to Eat and Do

You aren’t really traveling until you try all the delicious food and exciting adventures a place has to offer. Belize is full of both. In Cayo, there’s cave tubing, horseback riding and visiting the different Mayan temples. In The city of Belize, you can check out their museum, the One Barrel rum factory, the Belize Zoo, and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. For some underwater fun, you can go to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. You can even swim with rays and sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

For food you don’t have to spend big on fancy places. The best food is in your typical hole in the wall eateries. They also have an interesting take on Chinese food, so maybe give that a try if you are feeling adventurous. For a little guidance, their traditional cuisine includes rice and beans, bollos, salbute, hudut, and conch ceviche.