If you're coming into Belize from another Central American nation, you'll notice the sharp increase in prices. Belize has higher taxes than its neighbours, high development costs, and a tourism industry catered mostly to North Americans on short stays – hence the steep price tags.
You should always check whether quoted prices are in Belizean or US dollars. The exchange rate is roughly 2 BZD to the USD.
If you're going to Belize for the adventure sports, such as diving or tubing, know that safety regulations in Belize are a little more loosey-goosey than other countries.
Tour operators often get away with providing insufficient or old safety equipment. Unfortunately, the boats that serve the greater public are some of the worst offenders.
Water taxis often carry more passengers than the safe capacity, have a shortage of life vests, and set sail in dangerous weather. Use them at your own risk.
Not all dive operators will be certified by a regulated industry body such as PADI or SSI, so it's best to do your homework and find out which dive operators are reputable and safe.
Dive masters sometimes will not take into account the skill level of divers when descending to more challenging sites. Ask the operator where they are planning to dive to ensure you are skilled and confident enough to go.
A dive buddy is another important aspect to consider especially if you are travelling solo. In fact, it's industry standard so if the dive operator you are planning to go with doesn't make sure every diver is paired with someone, don't use them.
If you go diving and you know your way around the equipment, take a close look at it. The gear might not be well maintained. Deaths have occurred because of faulty kits
Cave tubing, although mostly safe, is another risky activity.
A death in 2008 prompted the tourism boards to revamp some regulations. Signs informing visitors of the water conditions and safety risks are now mandatory.
There must also be one guide for every eight participants. Make sure your operator respects these regulations.
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