What is it like to drive 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.