Posted: Friday, April 1, 2022. 4:11 am CST.
By Larry Waight: As many areas of the world open up to tourism once again, many people are starting to plan vacations and travels.
For two years, billions of people have been restricted in their movements, and tourism has been dying a death. Now though, it is time for people to start moving again, and planning trips.
While many popular tourist destinations will be once again packed, it might be an idea to choose somewhere a little different. Perhaps then you can avoid the hordes of people who all end up in the same destinations.
Why not pick somewhere such as Belize, and see a different part of the world? And before you go, read up a little on where Belize is and what else you should know.
According to Worldometer, the population of Belize as of March 2022, was 410,457. The country itself is on the east coast of Central America and is fairly small in size.
At its widest, the country takes up 68 miles and is 170 miles long. It has shorelines on the Caribbean Sea, and the beaches can be spectacular. The west side of the nation has jungles, and there are Mayan ruins to visit and explore.
While Belize may not be the first country you think of when planning a vacation, there are plenty of things to recommend for it. Like anywhere set for tourism, it has watersports, outdoor activities, sightseeing, and a healthy nightlife.
For many, the lockdowns were a time for reflection. A lot of people wrote bucket lists during this time and started new hobbies. The pandemic made people look at their lives differently in many cases.
Although millions of people will flood Portugal, Spain, and Thailand, once again. It might be a good idea to take a good look at the world and consider other options. If you wrote a bucket list and it included traveling more widely, then Belize could be your starting point.
Many others agree and the new cruise ship, the Viking Orion, made its first call to Belize recently. This cruise ship brought hundreds of passengers for the first time to Belize. So, why not you this year?
Before you visit anywhere, it is always a great idea to bone up a little on the culture, and other facts about the place.
The pandemic has already been mentioned above, and of course, this is a consideration with traveling. One of the reasons to visit Belize is that it is largely safe from the virus.
Active Covid cases were around 300 in March this year, making it one of the safer countries in the world. At this point, South Korea is battling with an estimated 600,000 cases every day.
Carry on reading below to read up on some of the other things you should know about Belize before you visit.
Are there visa restrictions in Belize?
There are a variety of different types of visas available for those visiting Belize. But, the most common one for tourists is likely to be the single entry option.
This is valid for 6 months and is free to anyone who has permanent residency in the USA.
Most other nationalities will be required to pay $200 for their visa. A full list of visa options is available on the official website.
One area that is worth understanding is the laws surrounding gambling. Many people like to enjoy visiting a casino while they are on holiday, or place sports bets online for their favorite teams back home.
For anyone wanting to play in a casino in Belize, there is good news. There are several casinos and sports betting parlors across the country. Online gambling is also legal in Belize.
Anyone who enjoys playing in an online casinó can enjoy their games without the worry of the law. Indeed, Belize is home to many online casino operators.
In broad terms, Belize is a safe area to visit. It is a country that is judged to have a high crime rate with petty theft being one of the most common offenses.
However, tourists will be safe as long as they use common sense as they would at home. Tourist resorts are safe venues, and traveling in licensed cabs is a safe way to visit different areas.
Walking around alone late at night in some parts of Belize City would be unwise, but the same could be said of London or Paris.
The temperature in Belize can rise to as high as 95° F. For those who prefer the cooler months, November to January may be the best time to visit. If you like it warmer though, go between May and September.
October is usually the rainiest month, and the country does have some tropical storms. Most of the rain falls in the south of the country, and the islands get some too.
Visitors have reported that quite often it is the nighttime that is mostly affected, leaving the days dry.
The main and official language spoken in Belize is English. Therefore there will be no language barrier for the majority of US visitors or some other countries such as Australia and the UK.
The primary religion in Belize is Roman Catholicism, although over faiths are practised also.
The Museum of Belize is a great starting point if you want to learn more about the colorful history of the country, both old, and new.
This is definitely the year when tourism gets going again, and perhaps it’s time to visit somewhere less well-traveled. Belize can offer everything from exciting cuisine to Mayan ruins.
Belize has white beaches, the Caribbean Sea, warm evenings, and an exciting nightlife. There are clubs, casinos, and excellent restaurants just waiting.
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