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Belize on $30 per day

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A January 2004 trip to Belize by lcampbell

Live music Photo, Belize, Central America More Photos
Quote: Two weeks in Belize barely scratched the surface of what the country has to offer. Here is an overview of what we saw and what we spent on our low-budget excursion.

Belize on $30 per day

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Overview

Live music Photo, Belize, Central America
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Belize has incredible things to offer travelers. It is a tropical paradise complete with lush jungle, archeological wonders, exotic animals, mysterious caves, and Caribbean sun and fun. I had wanted to visit Belize for years, and finally got the chance. Unfortunately, I had little time to research and prepare, and a very low budget. With our per day (per person, double occupancy) budget, we were successfully able to see much of Belize without undo hardship. We enjoyed our activities and feel we got a better understanding of the culture. The highlights of our time in Belize were: Relaxing seaside in Placencia and Punta Gorda Snorkeling and kayaking nea...Read More
Belize map Photo, Belize, Central America
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Please refer to the map below. Here is the transportation that we used in Belize (with as many details as I can remember), plus our itinerary: Fly US Airways from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Belize City, Belize. No visa required for US citizens. Free 30-day visa issued at airport. Caught a ride: Belize City to Dangriga – caught a ride with a university group that we met on the airplane. Normal transport, if not renting a car, would be to take a taxi (US$20) to the bus station, then the bus from there. Two nights in Dangriga Bus: Dangriga to Maya Centre – noon from bus station, US$3 per person, 45 minutes Hitch a ...Read More

History and People of Belize

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The first inhabitants of Belize were various bands of Mayan people. Mayans dominated the area from 1000BC-1500AD, and the Mayan population peaked at 1-2 million. During the 17th century, control of Belize was in theory had by Spain. But English settlers, mostly in the form of pirates, settled along the coast. One of their favorite pastimes was ransacking Spanish ships. Spain asked the British government in 1670 to make the pirates stop, and the "unemployed" then turned to logging. Logwood, used for dye, was the main focus of cutters. In general, Spain didn’t consider Belize to be valuable or a priority, and mostly ignored the area. The British had economic interests, in the form ...Read More

What I might do differently

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More Research: Obviously, as I mentioned before, I would spend more time researching that I did. We only had a few weeks to prepare for the trip, and the Christmas holidays were during that time as well. Activities that I would have liked to do: We had two things that we really wanted to do while in Belize: Go on an overnight kayaking/camping trip to one of the cayes Hike in the rainforest I had researched a company in Placencia that did a cool sounding kayak/camp trip that was within our budget. I tried to contact them by email prior to leaving the USA, but did not get a response. It turned out that the owner had recently taken il...Read More

Budget Details

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With only a few weeks to prepare for our 6.5-week adventure to Belize and Guatemala, I consulted various backpacker-type guidebooks to get some idea of what we might expect to pay out on a daily basis. I knew we didn’t need to live by the very lowest estimate – we wanted a bit more comfort than that, and we didn’t want to struggle, always searching out the cheapest rooms and meals or missing activities. But at the same time, we didn’t have a huge excess to spend either – we needed to be fairly frugal. We settled on a goal of $60 per day, or $30 per day per person for Belize, based on double occupancy. We did indeed meet this goal. Our average expenditure per day in Belize was $58.02, or $29....Read More