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Roam Belize Suspends operations due to COVID-19

March 27th, 2020

Due to the extraordinary circumstances being brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Roam Belize will have to suspend operations with immediate effect until further notice. This is in addition to the suspension of trips to Flores/Tikal, Guatemala & Mexico that were announced last week, and were a result of those nations closing their borders.

As a result, in the past weeks, every single person that has booked a trip to Belize though our company arriving in the next couple of months has written to let us know that they need to cancel or re-schedule their trip.

Some have been prohibited from travel due to their profession, while others are in the high risk category were they to become ill. Everyone is extremely disappointed, but have no choice in light of this emergency.

The entire tourism industry in Belize is staring down the barrel of a terrible year for tourism with more than 90% of tourism folks being unemployed, hence no-one is inclined to offer any kind of refund for last minute cancellations as we highly recommend trip insurance or looking at a complete loss for cancelled trips.

Bearing all this in mind, I think that is it extremely important for us all to remember that we are all in this together and that no one is going to come out ahead at the end of day. But at some point, the virus will get under control and you will want to travel again more than ever hence we want to help soften the blow and share the loss.

With this is mind we are offering a complete re-schedule of your trip anytime in the next 2 years or a 50% refund on bookings.

Thank you & Stay safe!


Summer in Belize after COVID-19

March 27th, 2020

summer in belize

Summer is definitely one of the best times to visit Belize. With more than 200 miles of beaches to roam and lots of exciting fairs, festivals, and events, Belize has everything you need to enjoy an amazing summer vacation.

Here are just a few of the things you can enjoy in Belize this summer:

Waterfalls and Parks

Belize is home to a plethora of waterfalls in Central America. Many of these are located deep in the heart of the pristine rainforest. What better way to celebrate a day hike through one of the most eco-diverse areas of the planet than with a refreshing swim at the base of a majestic waterfall?

Lobsterfest

Lobsters are a perennial seafood favorite, and lobster never tastes better than when it’s fresh-caught in the offshore waters of Belize. Lobster season opens in June, and several islands and coastal areas celebrate with multi-day festivals featuring fun games, live music, and all the lobster you can eat.

Diving the Great Blue Hole

Legendary marine biologist Jacques Cousteau declared Belize‘s Great Blue Hole to be one of his all-time favorite places to dive. A combination of serene sapphire waters and a vast underwater cave complex to explore draws in expert divers from all over the planet to explore this unique natural phenomenon that is easily visible from outer space.

Visit the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

Travel the Country in Style

One of the best ways to enjoy your summer in Belize is with your own rental vehicleRoam Belize has a large fleet of late-model, fully equipped SUVs and cars that are perfectly suited for the highways and byways of Belize. And when you have your own vehicle, you’re free to get lost and explore the hidden nooks and special places in this amazing country.

If you’re not interested in driving yourself, Roam Belize also offers professional ground transfers and shuttles. Whether you’re trying to get to Belize City or a remote AirBNB located deep in the heart of the jungle, Roam Belize will get you there in safety, comfort, and style. Roam Belize offers door-to-door transportation at very competitive prices.

Roam Belize also organizes and books tours to the top destinations in the country, including coastal villages, beaches, national parks, ancient Maya sites, snorkeling and scuba diving on the reef, sacred caves, wildlife sanctuaries, and interactive cultural visits. 

No matter what your idea of a great summer vacation, Roam Belize can help you have the time of your life. contact +501-630-7870 on whatsapp anytime


The Best Things to Do in Belize this Winter

December 20th, 2019

Despite being small in size, Belize certainly packs a punch when it comes to beautiful sights, natural wonders and historic landmarks. It doesn’t matter if you want to enjoy a relaxed vacation abroad or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, the diverse nation will not disappoint.

To ensure you have the getaway of a lifetime alone or with your loved ones, check out the best things to do in Belize.

Go for a Dive in the Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole is a large marine sinkhole located just off the coast of Belize and is a part of the nation’s Barrier Reef reserve system, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has become a popular scuba diving site throughout the years, since it’s home to a diverse array of species that will take your breath away. However, at 318 meters wide and 124 meters deep, it is a scuba diving experience that isn’t for the fainthearted.

Visit Xunantunich

One of the finest attractions in all of Belize is Xunantunich, which is an Ancient Maya archaeological site. It is believed that early Maya settlers in the country established a small village here from 600-300 BC. While the ancient city rose in prominence from AD 700, it sadly declined by AD 1000. Yet, tourists are now free to explore the site to immerse themselves in the history of this remarkable site, which is not to be missed during your visit.

Snorkel at the Silk Cayes

While Belize features more than 200 islands to choose from, few can compare to the beauty of Placencia & the Silk Cayes, which offers exquisite beaches, superb restaurants and incredible snorkeling spots. Those looking to embrace a village atmosphere should look no further than the picturesque Peninsula that’s divided by a narrow channel, which has been coined the highlight of Southern Belize as it offers numerous professional dive sites, land tours and it is the ideal destination for those hoping to explore the beautifully untame and authentic part of Belize.

Explore Actun Tunichil Muknal

Known locally as ATM cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal is a unique cave in Belize and a famous Maya archaeological site that features skeletons, stoneware and ceramics left by the ancient Mayas almost 2,000 years ago… it is the place where adventurers start and you are free to navigate, play and pass by limestone hills and various caves, with some stretching two miles long. It is, therefore, worthwhile contacting us ROAM BELIZE to find the best cave ADVENTURE TOUR packages for your needs and budget.

Explore the Museum of Belize

Learn more about nation’s intriguing past by visiting the Museum of Belize, which is located inside a former colonial prison from the 1800s, and also served as Her Majesty’s Prison until it closed its doors in 1993.

Visitors can explore two levels of cells, which have been restored to their original condition and feature chain balls, cat o’nine tails and graffiti from prisoners. It’s an attraction that’s bound to stand out in your mind when you look back on your trip.

Hike Through the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve

If the thought of viewing jaguars up close fills you with glee, you should hike your way through the Jaguar Preserve, which is the most extensive jungle trail in Belize and was created to protect endangered jaguars. You’ll likely spot a variety of animals along your journey and learn about different plants, birds and mammals too.

125,000 acres of protected forest for the jaguars and it is the worlds first sanctuary for these magnificent creatures – here you can hike, do extraordinary bird watching, swim under magnificent waterfalls and fun river tubing too!!

Monkey River 

The Monkey River adventure takes you deep into the land of the Howler Monkeys, primates so loud they could never hide from predators without giving themselves away – so loud they were featured in the movies of Jurassic Park to replicate the growls of the T-Rex. To visit their neighborhood, you’ll first have to journey from Placencia to Monkey River Village via boat, passing  mangrove swamp and other exotic scenery that includes wild flowers, exotic birds and if you are lucky manatees – which are gentle marine mammals that make their homes among mangrove.

Tikal Ruins

Tikal is just two hours away from the Belizean border and remains one of the most popular attractions in Guatemala. Most travelers who visits the western part of Belize  travels to Guatemala for the day to visit this majestic Maya site.

Located in the Peten Region of Guatemala, Tikal is an early classic to late classic Maya City and one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya Civilization. The name Tikal is believed to be derived from ti ak’al in the Yucatec Maya language; said to be a relatively modern name meaning “at the waterhole”. This popular site was visited by the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes… this and many more facts can be learn in one of our amazing fun tours!

If you are considering visiting Belize in the near or distant future, you’d be wise to add the above activities and attractions on your bucket list.

 


Book Shuttles and Transfers to any Destination in Belize

December 12th, 2019

If you’re in Belize, and you need to get from Point A to Point B, there’s no better name to trust than Roam Belize.

Roam Belize specializes in private ground transfers, shuttles, chauffeur services, and provides transportation to and from all of the top destinations in the country, including the international airport, Belize City, Corozal, Dangriga, Belmopan, Hopkins, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Orange Walk, and all points between.

Roam Belize knows that great drivers also make great guides. From the moment you choose Roam Belize, you’ll be treated with courtesy and respect. We employ only experienced drivers with years of professional experience in driving in Belize and all of Roam’s drivers have also passed a stringent defensive driving course.

You can also choose Belize VIP transfers and tours with Roam Belize. Roam Belize will provide you with meet and greet services at the airport, ground transportation in style and comfort, and punctual door-to-door service to the destination of your choice. Roam Belize uses a fleet of comfortable vans that include wireless internet, ample room for luggage, and air conditioning for you to enjoy the UNTAME country that is Belize.

We also offer tours to the top attractions in the country, including beachside towns like Dangriga, Placencia, and Hopkins, guided excursions to ancient Maya cities, trips to wildlife sanctuaries, nature excursions, and much more. No matter where you want to go, Roam Belize can help you book your trip.

We also offer car rental services. Roam Belize has a large fleet of modern, late model cars that are perfectly suited to the rugged roads of Belize. All vehicles rented by Roam Belize come with a full complement of features, including air conditioning, power locks, and power windows. Roam Belize’s vehicle rental fleet includes seven-passenger vans, five-passenger SUVs, and stylish coupes.

Anyone with a valid driver’s license in their home country can rent and drive a vehicle in Belize. When you rent a vehicle from Roam Belize, you’ll get a fair price, a no-hassle pick-up and drop-off policy, and 24-hour emergency roadside assistance. All of Roam Belize’s vehicles have an automatic transmission and are very simple and intuitive to operate.

Booking your trip and transportation with Roam Belize is a great way to save money. Instead of flying domestically on tiny planes for an exorbitant price, choose Roam Belize’s shuttle and private transfer services. You’ll not only save money but enjoy your vacation in comfort and style.

For all of your tour, transportation, and rental needs call +501-670-7870 or, contact Roam Belize


Belize, a Great Destination for Birdwatching

December 11th, 2019
 

With more than 700 recorded species of birds, Belize is truly one of the best places in the world to spot avian species in the wild. The Audubon Society is very active in Belize, and the country has no fewer than six Important Birding Areas where it’s easy to stop hundreds of bird species in their native habitat.

Whether you’re new to the world of bird watching or a veteran birder, Belize is truly a great place to see birds. 

“We’ve traveled the world to see birds, but our visit to Belize was truly special,” said Dan and Sandy Borling of Katy, Texas. “We booked a tour with Roam Belize and were blown away by our guide. The man is a walking encyclopedia on the flora and fauna of Belize, and his specialty is birds. We were astonished by how much we learned from our guide.”

Blasio Ical is a native of Belize and the inheritor of thousands of years of Maya knowledge. Fluent in five languages, including all three dialects of the Mayan tongue, Jimmy has been a nature guide for more than 15 years. Steeped in local knowledge about the diversity of life in Belize, Jimmy has worked with many of the top luxury resorts in the country. 

These are the six Important Birding Areas being managed by the Belize Audobon Society:

  • Blue Hole Natural Monument
  • Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
  • St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Guanacaste National Park

In addition, the Belize Audobon Society also manages the Victoria Peak Natural Monument, the second-highest point of land in the country. Located inside of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Peak measures 3,675 feet (1.1 kilometers) high. The trail to the summit is only open to the public between February and May.

Belize is home to several endangered bird species, including:

  • Black catbirds
  • Brown pelicans
  • Buff-breasted sandpipers
  • Cerulean warblers
  • Golden-cheeked wood warblers
  • Golden-winged warblers
  • Great Curassows
  • Crested eagles
  • Harpy eagles
  • Keel-billed motmots
  • Least terns
  • Ocellated turkeys
  • Painted buntings
  • Yellow-headed parrots

If you’d like to see some of the hundreds of amazing avian species in Belize, book your tour with Roam Belize. Roam Belize has several comprehensive bird watching tours to all of the best birding areas of Belize.


About Belize

February 13th, 2019

Smaller than 46 of the United States, with a population around the size of Cleveland, Ohio, Belize is tiny by American standards. Yet it is attracting more and more visitors every year, creating a growing tourism industry worth over $1.3bn a year. So what is it about this place that is drawing the crowds and putting this tiny Central American country firmly on the vacation map?

Beautiful Belize

Belize is a truly beautiful country, combining everything you could ask for into a single, easy to access package. Just a few hours flying time from the US, Belize has everything from tropical jungles to Caribbean beaches, all within easy reach. Best of all, at just 174miles by around 62miles, it is easy to explore, without long, arduous journeys into the interior. Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, from beauty to adventure, you’ll find it here in this welcoming wonderland.

Historic Belize

Belize has a rich history, dating back to the Maya civilisation, which thrived for around two and a half thousand years from 1500BC. This has left the country with many fascinating ancient sites to explore. The mark of British colonialism, from the mid 19th Century until independence in 1981, is also there to see in the architecture of the major cities. Helicopter trips and trekking tours are a great way to discover the amazing past of the country that once had an advanced civilisation and a population three times its current size.

Wild Belize

One of the biggest draws of Belize is the wildlife. Despite its diminutive size, the country has a huge range of habitats and is home to an enormous range of animals, birds and marine life. 60% of the country is forest, and it is one of the most important jaguar habitats in the world. Perhaps more importantly, 37% of the country is protected, and Belize has one of the lowest levels of deforestation in the region.

Marine Belize

Around half of the one million or so tourists who visit Belize every year come for the famous barrier reef. This is the second largest barrier reef in the world (it’s not hard to guess the largest!) and is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reef is home to over 100 species of coral and 500 species of fish, making it a huge draw for snorkelers and scuba divers. There are also 450 offshore islands, called Cays, some of which are being transformed for the tourist trade.

All-action Belize

For many, Belize is the ideal destination for a warm, exotic beach break, lazing on the Caribbean coast. But if you want a little more from your holiday, then there is plenty of excitement to be had. The range of environments in this small country make it a giant adventure playground, offering everything from diving to river rafting, jungle safaris to big game fishing. You can even pull on a hard hat and explore the largest cave system in Central America.

Low profile Belize

With everything it needs right here, Belize generally keeps itself to itself, with few Belizeans appearing on the world stage. Perhaps the most famous Belizean is Simone Biles, the gymnast with dual Belize / US citizenship, who won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Online poker player, PhiRi1, also put Belize briefly on the map in 2014 when he became the first Belizean winner in a major poker tournament.

Undiscovered Belize

Belize is a friendly, welcoming country, where the official language is English, so American and British tourists will find themselves right at home here. More than half of the country’s tourists come south from the US, with around half a million making the trip each year. That might sound a lot, but when you compare it to some of the other popular destinations it is just a fraction. Jamaica, for example, gets more than four times as many tourists, totalling over 4.3million per year, despite being only half the size.

Inevitably, Belize visitor numbers will rise as tourists seek new and original destinations to explore. However, with the focus strongly on ecotourism, protecting the natural environment that is attracting the tourists in the first place, Belize still remains an undiscovered, undisturbed gem. Just make sure you seek it out soon before the secret gets out.


9 Things You Didn’t Know About Belize

January 16th, 2019

Get a feel for the laid-back Belizean way of life.

Photo by CharlesLeslieJr / Public Domain

If you’re researching all there is to know about the Caribbean tourist destination of Belize, you’ll want to know the hidden gems, and secrets about this former British colony that the travel agents won’t tell you. What this small tropical nation lacks in size, it more than makes up for in diversity, whether its culture, history or animal habitats. These nine things you probably didn’t know about Belize will likely make you fall in love with the region all over again.

Queen Elizabeth II is Everywhere

Belize is an independent nation now, but it used to be a British colony. In fact, 80 percent of the Belizean people speak English, so it’s a great holiday destination for English-speaking people. Furthermore, the nation’s colonial heritage is still there for all to see, with Queen Elizabeth II regularly spotted in photos across the country, along with other royal memorabilia. The Belizeans are still very much enchanted by the British Royal Family.

Belize is Home to the World’s Second-Largest Barrier Reef

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Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is bigger than the Belize Barrier Reef. It is over 180 miles long, stretching the entire length of the Belizean coastline. Its breathtaking coral reefs are one of the nation’s hidden gems, enticing many marine enthusiasts and tourists to the region. In 1996, UNESCO designated this a World Heritage Site due in large part to the reef being home to 65 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish. That’s a tremendous amount when you consider the whole Caribbean is home to only 70 species of coral.

Meet the Howler Monkeys That are Indigenous to Belize

Are you a fan of monkeying around on holiday? You can meet one of the top 10 loudest animals in the world that are indigenous to Belize. The black howler monkey has an earth-shattering howl that you can hear for up to 3 miles, even in the densest of rainforests. That makes the black howler monkey the loudest terrestrial animal in the Western Hemisphere. Interestingly, it is only the male black howlers that turn black. The females remain blonde for their entire lives!

Belize Has Nurtured a Host of NBA Basketball Stars

Central America is not known for being a hotbed of basketball talent, but Belize has nurtured a trio of former NBA stars. The most recent being 6′ 9″ Noel Felix, who played for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006, scoring an average of 1.5 points per game. Marlon Garnett played for the Boston Celtics and is now an assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns. Meanwhile, Milton Palacio averaged 4.8 points per game playing for six NBA teams between 1999 and 2006. There have been concerted efforts to increase NBA participation from Belize since the turn of the millennium and unearth the next odds-on first choice for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Belize Used to be Known as British Honduras

If you weren’t aware that Belize used to be a British colony, then you won’t know that the country used to be called British Honduras. The Brits named the nation British Honduras way back in 1786, only 10 years after American colonies confirmed their independence. This name stuck for the better part of two centuries until the locals agreed to change the country’s name to Belize to mark the end of colonialism in the region.

The Nation’s Legal System Mimics That of the UK’s

One of the lasting remnants of colonialism in Belize is its legal system. Take a walk into a Belizean court, and you’ll feel like you have entered the Old Bailey in London. The nation has adopted the U.K. tradition of wearing gowns and two-tabbed white collars. Belize’s overall political system mimics the British Westminster model. The Constitution of Belize and its rule of law are both deep-rooted in the English Common Law and supplemented by local legislation where necessary.

Belmopan is the World’s Smallest Capital City

Belmopan is one of the newest national capital cities on the planet. Established only in 1970, it would eventually replace Belize City as the nation’s administrative center. That’s because a vicious hurricane in 1961 wreaked havoc throughout Belize City, destroying more than three-quarters of its buildings. A committee selected the new capital and positioned it 50 miles inland on much higher ground. The site was eventually named Belmopan, combining the words “Belize” and “Mopan,” which is one of the main rivers that flow into the region.

There is So Much Mayan History to Explore

If you’re interested in history, Belize oozes it from every pore. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that Belize used to be a Mayan stronghold, with more than two million Mayans previously living in the heart of Belize. There are reportedly up to 900 different Mayan ruins located nationwide. These range from small-scale outposts to vast cities that were once the home of thousands of Native Americans in generations past. Perhaps the most impressive Mayan ruin of them all is Xunantunich, which means “maiden of the rock” in Mayan. At 133 feet in height, it is one of the largest temples in Belize — and the most historic!

You Can Get Up Close and Personal with a Host of Rare Animals

Aside from the black howler monkeys, Belize is also a haven for many more rare animals. Firstly, there are more than 500 types of birds living in and around the Belizean rainforests, making the nation an ideal destination for avid bird-watchers. The best time to see them in flight is when they come home to roost or as the seasons change. Belize is also the location of the world’s only jaguar reserve. Finally, don’t forget to try and catch a glimpse of Belize’s national animal, Baird’s tapir. One of four Latin American species of tapir, we should consider Baird’s tapir-like a hybrid between a horse and a rhinoceros — making it comfortable in the water.

As you can see, Belize is a multifaceted country to explore. There is always something to uncover or catch a glimpse of for the first time. It’s the ideal vacation destination for broadening your horizons.

 


Visiting Tikal in Guatemala from Belize

May 7th, 2018

Visiting Tikal in Guatemala from Belize

One of the most unique and awe-inspiring places to visit on the planet is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal. Located just over the border in Guatemala, anyone in Belize can easily visit and marvel at the amazing sights of Tikal and be back in Belize by nightfall. Roam Belize operates regular full-day tours to Tikal from popular Belize destinations like Dangriga, Hopkins, and Placencia.

Now located deep in the jungles of Tikal National Park, the city-state of Tikal was built more than 2,300 years ago by the surging Maya civilization that dominated all of Central America. During the Classic Period (200-900 AD) of Maya civilization, Tikal was the dominant economic, political, and military center, using its vast wealth to create enormous temples, pyramids, and buildings that continue to amaze modern-day visitors. For unknown reasons, the city was abandoned about 500 years ago and lost to the jungle until it was re-discovered in 1853.

The day tour operated by Roam Belize departs Placencia, Dangriga, Hopkins at either 6 AM or 7 AM depending on your destination. During the journey, participants will get the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the Maya. After crossing the border, participants will get a chance to see real color in Guatemala, including the descendants of Maya who still wear traditional clothing.

Upon arriving the Guatemalan border, participants will be met by an expert Guatemalan tour guide who will lead the tour through the verdant jungle foliage, listening to the echoes of black howler monkeys and witnessing exotic birds like toucans and parrots. After exploring the main site at Tikal, participants will be treated to a delicious lunch and then head back to Belize, arriving back home around 7:00 PM.

The phenomenal architecture of Tikal, including temples measuring more than 150 feet (47 meters) in the air, are truly a sight to behold, especially considering that they were built without the use of wheels, modern machinery, or even animals more than 1,000 years ago.

No one is quite sure what the original name for Tikal was. Today, the site and surrounding national park is named for a Maya word meaning “at the waterhole” or perhaps “the place of voices/echoes” depending on the interpretation of local dialects. Archeologists continue to excavate the site, revealing at least 6 square miles (16 square km) and more than 3,000 buildings.

Visiting the soaring spires of this immense city should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you want to visit Tikal as a separate experience or want to combine it with other tours in Belize, Roam Belize can ensure that you enjoy an amazing jungle adventure experience.

Questions about visitng Tikal Maya Ruins from Belize? Send us an email at info[@]roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Belize adventure tours!


Belize City to San Ignacio

May 7th, 2018

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All international flights and cruise liners arrive in Belize City. Okay, now you’ve arrived in the country! Where to next?

Fortunately, there are a number of good options for getting from Belize City to popular destinations like San Ignacio. Belize is a relatively small country (about the same size as Massachusetts) so no place is ever too far away.

Taxi

You can step out of the airport or set foot on land at the Belize City water docks, and you’ll see plenty of taxi drivers jostling for the opportunity to take you where you want to go.

Taxis don’t use the meter most of the time. Instead, you’ll need to negotiate the price before setting off. Taxi drivers are usually amenable to driving you pretty much anywhere in the country.

Note: all official taxis in Belize have a green number/license plate.

The Chicken Bus

If you’re trying to save money, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the ad-hoc cross-country bus system, affectionately known as “chicken buses” because the passengers sometimes bring their fowl on board.

You can get to San Ignacio or pretty much anywhere else for $10 or less, but be prepared to switch buses, endure lots of stops and long travel times, and no available seats.

Domestic Flights

All international flights land at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) outside of Belize City, but two domestic air carriers – Tropic Air and Maya Island Air – offer connecting flights (“puddle jumpers”) to over a dozen destinations, including San Ignacio.

The flying times are relatively short (usually 30 minutes or less), but flying is the most expensive option.

Shuttles and Private Transfer

 

Companies like Roam Belize offer door-to-door shuttle and private transfer service from Belize City to San Ignacio and other top destinations in the country. Roam Belize operates a fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles so you’ll get to your destination in comfort and style.

Roam Belize also offers private transfers and shuttle service from Belize to San Ignacio. Roam Belize can provide private transfer and shuttle service from Belize to all of the top destinations in the country, including Placencia, Dangriga, and Hopkins. Roam Belize can also arrange for ground transportation to and from popular destinations in Guatemala and Mexico.

Contact us today at info@roambelize.com to book a transfer from Belize City to San Ignacio Town or to anywhere within Belize.


What is it like to drive in Belize?

May 6th, 2018

driving in belize

Driving in Belize

Although driving in Belize can be a little different than what you might be used to in the United States or Canada, renting a vehicle is a great way to explore the country on your own terms.

Roam Belize is the premiere company for top-quality rental vehicles in Belize, offering a wide assortment of well-maintained, late model vehicles. For first-time drivers in Belize, we have prepared this basic guide of what to expect:

Although many visitors presume that Belize has a confusing network of dirt roads and gravel paths winding through the jungle, it’s important to realize that all of the major highways are modern roads, fully paved and well marked. Only a few secondary roads can be a challenging drive, but anyone with a 4×4 can usually navigate them with ease. 

Belize is predominately a rural country, so it’s advised that you travel by day whenever possible. At night, poor lighting and an abundance of wildlife can make driving more challenging. Follow all posted speed limits, and be sure not to drive too fast when taking a secondary road as you may encounter bumpy terrain.

Most towns and villages are completely without traffic lights, using speed bumps instead as a way to manage speed limits, so always be on the lookout for those. Many speed bumps serve as impromptu markets where roadside sellers hawk their wares to slowing vehicles. If you get lost or need some assistance, asking a local is always a good idea, as Belizeans are very friendly and helpful.

Gasoline is an expensive, imported item, and gasoline stations are rare and few between outside of municipal areas, so be sure to keep your eye on your fuel level at all times and take the opportunity to fill up when it arises. 

In Belize, just as in the United States and Canada, cars drive on the right. Always be on alert for slow-moving farm vehicles and other traffic. Because insects thrive in Belize’s climate, be careful when opening windows, and always make sure to keep your windshield wiper fluid topped off. For longer trips, it’s a good idea to bring along plenty of water and snacks. 

If you’d prefer not to rent your own vehicle, Roam Belize offers airport shuttles and private vehicle transfers throughout Belize and the region. Roam Belize can also book tours to all of the top destinations as well as your accommodations at hotels, resorts, and lodges.

Questions about driving in Belize? Send us an email at info@roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Belize vacation.