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Q. Do I need a passport to travel to Belize?
Q. Do I need to change currency when I arrive?
A. No, U.S. dollars are widely accepted in Belize.
Q. What is the exchange rate?
A. $1 US dollar is equal to $2 Belize dollars.
Q. What time zone is Belize in?
A. Central, but they do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Q. What is the primary language?
Q. Is the voltage the same for electricity as the U.S.?
A. Yes, 110 volts.
Q. Do we need any shots?
A. No, the Belize Tourist Board posts a statement that there are no serious epidemic diseases in Belize and no inoculations are necessary. Anti malaria tablets are recommended for extended stays in the jungle. You may question your personal doctor if you have further questions.
Q. Have you (Magnum Belize Tours agents) been to Belize?
A. Yes, all of our agents have been to Belize. They travel annually to personally inspect each property.
Q. How do you get to Ambergris Caye?
A. We use Tropic Air to transfer to and from the caye. The flight is approximately 20 minutes.
Q. Can I dive or snorkel from the beach?
A. No, Belize is not known for its walk-in beaches. Lack of wave action allows sea grasses to grow. You must go out by boat.
Q. We have an idea of what we would like to do. Can you help us?
A. Yes, we customize each itinerary to meet your needs. We also offer discount airfare.
Q. Where can I get more information on Belize?
A. Click on one of these links to get more information about Belize.
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- Mahogany is the National Tree of Belize: it is part of the country's heritage and is referenced in the national motto: "Sub Umbra Florero" which in Latin means: Under the shade (of the mahogany tree) I flourish.
- More than 900 Mayan ruins are scattered around the country of Belize. There may be more; as areas of the country remain unexplored.
- Though the history of the Maya can be traced back for over 4,000 years, the Classic Period of more advanced mayan civilization began around the 3rd century AD and reached its height between the 6th and 8th centuries.
- Belize is more than twice the size of Jamaica with only 10% of the population.
- The Black Orchid is the National Flower of Belize. This orchid grows on trees in damp areas, and flowers nearly all year round.
- Belizean Proverb: "Blud falla vein: (Blood follows your vein) meaning; Family comes first.
- The Oceanic Society, a nonprofit marine convervation (www.oceanic-society.org) organization has a field research station in Belize.
- The Keel Billed toucan is the National Bird of Belize, Toucans are found in open areas of the country with large trees; they make a monotonous frog-like croak.
- The population of Belize is about 250,000. Estimated breakdown of its ethnic groups: Creole, 41%; Mestizo, 33%; Garifuna, 8%, Mayan, 7%; Other, 11%.
- The Tapir or Mountain Cow is the largest land mammal in the Central American tropics, and Belize's National Animal. Hunting it is illegal.
- On average Belize receives about 143 inches of rain per year. Toledo receives the most rain on average with 170 inches annually.