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Belize International Airport to Belize City

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Maps to Tours from Belize City

Altun Ha from Belize City

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Baboon Sanctuary from Belize City

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Blue Hole National Park from Belize City

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Cahal Pech Maya Site from Belize City

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Cave Tubing and Zip Lining from Belize City

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Lamanai Maya Site from Belize City

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Xunantunich Maya Ruins from Belize City

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Zoo from Belize City

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Belize Info

AIRPORT DEPARTURE FEES

An Airport Departure Fee of US$39.25 is required. This consists of a US$18.00 Airport Development Fee, a US$15 Passenger Service Fee, a US$2.50 Security Fee and a US$3.75 Conservation Fee, which is used to promote, enhance and conserve Belize’s protected areas. That Fee might be included in your flight as well, check with the airlines.

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ANIMALS

Pets being brought into the country must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate issued by a register veterinarian in the country of origin and should also be accompanied by an import permit that should be issued by BAHA. You can contact BAHA at +501 – 224 5230 or email baha@btl.net for more information on obtaining the permit.

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CLIMATE

Subtropical with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The temperature averages 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is between June and November.

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CURRENCIES & RATES

Local currency is the Belize Dollar or BZD. US$1 dollar is equivalent to BZD$2. Banks and ATM’s throughout the country include Atlantic Bank, Belize Bank, Heritage Bank and Scotia Bank.

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CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES

Importation of Currency: Under the Customs Laws of Belize, each person is allowed to import up to 10,000BZD or foreign currency equivalent. If you are importuning in excess of $10,000BZD or foreign equivalent you must declare this to Customs Officials

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DENOMINATIONS

Most denominations are represented in Belize; the majority being Roman Catholic. There are also Anglican, Methodist, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, amongst others.

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Does the airport offer Wireless Internet access?

Yes. PGIA offers free Wireless Internet access to passengers who have a computer with built-in Wi-Fi technology.

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Does the PGIA have a lost and found?

Yes. Items that are left or found in the Terminals are turned over to our Security Office at Ext. 171. Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The telephone number is (501) 225 – 2045. If an item was lost aboard an aircraft or baggage claim area, kindly check with your airline.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Same as US, 110 volts AC power.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passports: Both adults and children require passports valid beyond the duration of they stay, plus proof of return.
Anyone travelling with an infant must provide proper documentations for the child, including a valid passport. When travelling with one parent, a notarized letter stating that the parent has authorization to travel with the child must be presented at any entry point.
Visa: Visitors from United States, United Kingdom, most Caribbean countries, Brazil, Argentina, France, German, and Chile in South America, do not require visas to enter. Visitors from other countries should check with their local embassies for visa requirement.

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GOVERNMENT

Belize is an independent country with a democratically elected parliamentary government and is a British Commonwealth member.

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How early should I arrive before my flight?

Passengers are expected to arrive at least 2 to 3 hours prior to scheduled departure of an international flight.

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Is public transportation available from the PGIA to downtown Belize City?

Yes. Taxicabs are available outside the ATB from opening hours.

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LANGUAGE

English is the official language and is widely spoken. Other languages / dialects include Creole, Spanish, Maya and Garifuna.

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LIST OF DUTY EXEMPTIONS

Arriving passengers are entitled to the following exemptions:
Apparel, jewelry, toilet requisites and any portable articles in accompanied baggage or on your person, which you might reasonably be expected to carry for regular and private use.

If 18 years or older (and not returning from a visit to a neighboring Border Town or City), one-liter total of wine or spirits and 250g tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes.
IF BELIZEAN:
In addition to the above, you can claim duty exemption on accompanied goods acquired abroad for personal or household use, or as souvenirs of gifts, with a combined value of BZD$200 twice a year through other ports or places of entry.

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MERCHANDISE

Under the customs Laws of Belize, every person importing any goods, whether for commercial, personal or any other use, must declare such goods to Customs and pay the appropriate duties. The total value of all items acquired abroad must be declared.
The amount of duty to be paid will be determined by a Customs Officer. It is serious to evade or attempt to evade Customs duties

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POPULATION

The population of Belize is approximately 350,000, comprising of Creole (African – European), Garifuna, Mestizo (Spanish – Indian), Maya, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese, East Indian and European. Due to racial harmony and religious acceptance, all of theses cultures have blended successfully.

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PORTS OF ENTRY

Land Borders: It is possible to enter Belize through the Northern Border in Santa Elena and the Western Border in Benque Viejo Del Carmen
Sea Ports: The following are seaports where vessels may be entered or cleared: Belize City, Big Creek, San Pedro, Dangriga and Punta Gorda. Additional information is available as you enter by calling VHF channel 16
Airport: All international aircrafts must clear though the Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, Belize.

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PUBLIC HOSPITALS & MEDICAL FACILITIES

Medical care is available at hospitals and clinics.

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TAXES

General Sales Tax is 12.5% is additional

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TIME ZONE

Belize occupies time zone GMT-6, same as US Central Standard Time. Daylight saving time is not observed.

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TIPPING

Tipping is voluntary. Usually 10% is acceptable with 15% for exceptional service in some cases, a gratuity charge may be added to your bill. This practice varies with each establishment. Be sure to ask before paying the bill.

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TOPOGRAPHY

Belize is an area of only 8,866 square miles. It is situated on the east coast of Central America, on the Caribbean Sea. Belize is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. The Second largest barrier reef in the world (185 miles long) falls within Belize’s territory as well as three of the four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere.

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WATER

Tap water in Belize is potable

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Belize Car Rental Info

Accident

If you are involved in an accident, do not move or abandon the vehicle until the police and insurance inspector have arrived and notify us immediately

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Additional Driver

If additional driver, it must be listed on rental agreement. It is free

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Age Requirement

– Minimum driver’s age of 25
– Maximum driver’s age of 70

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Coverage

Purchase of Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) relieves the customers financial responsibility for loss/damages to the vehicle. Cost varies by car group confirmed. For all renters using a Visa card, LDW is mandatory. Other card holders (American Express, Mastercard, Discover) have the option of a Partial Damage Waiver (PDW) which includes a $750USD non-waiveable excess. Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental.

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Destinations

ALL vehicles must remain with Belize. You may NOT EXIT then country with a rental car.

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Extra hours

There is a sixty (60) minute grace period for vehicle return. After such time, an hourly rate will be charged to the renter.

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Gasoline

Vehicle must be filled up with Premium or Super Gasoline.

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Rates & Refund

– Rates include unlimited mileage
– The daily rate is the amount paid for each 24 hours
– The “Weekly Rate” applies to rentals for/or exceeding 7 days
– Rates do not include LDW, refueling, taxes or any other charges

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Rental Requirement

– Minimum driver’s age of 25
– Maximum driver’s age of 70
– Renters must present a valid driver’s license
– Renters must present valid credit card – Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover.
– All vehicles must remain within Belize. You may not exit the country with a rental car.

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Seatbelt

Always wear a seatbelt while driving

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Speed

Highway speed limit is 55mph/90kmh
Reduce speed on wet roads especially at night time (slippery when wet)

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please review our rental requirements to make sure you qualify to rent from Car One Rental in Belize.
Rental requirement
– Minimum driver’s age of 25
– Maximum driver’s age of 70
– Renters must present a valid driver’s license
– Renters must present valid credit card – Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover.
– All vehicles must remain within Belize. You may not exit the country with a rental car.
Coverage
Purchase of Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) relieves the customers financial responsibility for loss/damages to the vehicle. Cost varies by car group confirmed. For all renters using a Visa card, LDW is mandatory. Other card holders (American Express, Mastercard, Discover) have the option of a Partial Damage Waiver (PDW) which includes a $750USD non-waiveable excess. Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental.
Rates & Refund
– Rates include unlimited mileage
– The daily rate is the amount paid for each 24 hours
– The “Weekly Rate” applies to rentals for/or exceeding 7 days
– Rates do not include LDW, refueling, taxes or any other charges
Extra hours
There is a sixty (60) minute grace period for vehicle return. After such time, an hourly rate will be charged to the renter.
Traffic Rules and Safety Tips
– Highway speed limit is 55mph/90kmh
– Drive on right hand side of road
– Reduce speed on wet roads especially at night time (slippery when wet)
– Always wear a seatbelt while driving
– Always lock car doors when driving and when car is parked
– Keep vehicle parked in a safe and secure area. We are not be responsible for any loss or damages of valuables.
– Do not pickup hitchhikers
– If vehicle is malfunctioning, call us to report the problem at +501 660 0060
– If you are involved in an accident, do not move or abandon the vehicle until the police and insurance inspector have arrived and notify us immediately.

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Traffic Rules and Safety Tips

– Highway speed limit is 55mph/90kmh
– Drive on right hand side of road
– Reduce speed on wet roads especially at night time (slippery when wet)
– Always wear a seatbelt while driving
– Always lock car doors when driving and when car is parked
– Keep vehicle parked in a safe and secure area. We are not be responsible for any loss or damages of valuables.
– Do not pickup hitchhikers
– If vehicle is malfunctioning, call us to report the problem at +501 660 0060
– If you are involved in an accident, do not move or abandon the vehicle until the police and insurance inspector have arrived and notify us immediately.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Events in April

San Ignacio Easter Fair

A two day fair with music, games, sports and fun for the whole family.

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Holy Saturday Regatta

Regatta in Caye Caulker for both sail and powerboats

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Hopkins International Paranda Music Festival

This event features Paranderos from all over the country and regionally. This Garifuna style of music is played mostly through guitar backed up by drumming. Featured artists are the best in the business and the festival is a night until morning event with food drinks and tons cultural celebrations.

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Hopkins Mango Festival

Celebrating the start of the mango season. Enjoy the local games, cultural performances, live music, food and drinks for the entire family.

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Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic

The biggest cycling event in the country, from Belize City to Cayo and back.

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Burrell Boom Horse Race

The annual horse race is held on Easter Monday at the Castleton Race track in Burrell Boom. This event is very competitive as jockey race for cash prices.

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Holy Week in Benque Viejo

In the week leading up to Ester Sunday, the streets of the western border town of Benque Viejo Del Carmen are transformed with carpets of brightly colored sawdust, as the reenactment of Jesus’s crucifixion unfolds.

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San Pedro Lagoon – Reef Eco Challenge

The Eco Challenge is a 42 miles, two day kayak race starting on te lagoon side of Ambergris Caye, through the many lagoons in the North Ambergris Caye aea, up to Bacalar Chico, then down to Robles Point, where all teams camp and the race then resumes the following day and finishes in, San Pedro Town.

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Events in May

Cashew Festival

Held in Crooked Tree Village, this festival celebrates the Cashew harvest season, where live Punta music, cashew wine, desserts, Caribbean style dishes and games are the main attractions.

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National Agricultural & Trade Show

This Trade Show is held annually in our capital city of Belmopan. It highlights Agricultural Diversification, food, rodeo, livestock, handcraft displays, music, games, and food.

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The Chocolate Festival of Belize

The Festival opens on a Friday with a Wine & Chocolate Night, featuring local & international wines, chocolate based cocktails and hors d oeuvres. Saturday brings you the Taste of Toledo street fair, with cookery, chocolate demonstrations and host of cacao related activities for al ages. The festival Finale takes on Sunday where traditional Maya dances, cultural musical performances and a local chocolatiers can be enjoyed.

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Mothers Day Cycling Classic

Race starts in Cayo, to the border and back to Belize City

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Events in June

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest

Lobster feasts in Caye Caulker, marking the opening of the lobster season. A variety of lobster dishes are prepared. A Bicycle Race and live music accompanies the fest. Honor patron saint of St. Peter with an early morning boat parade. Boats and fishermen are blessed. Fiesta and jump up follows.

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San Pedro Lobster Fest

San Pedro celebrates the lobster season with a week full of activities. A wide array of dishes is show-cased as well as dances help in honor of the lobster.

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Placencia Lobster Fest

Activities such as a fishing tournament, bicycle race, music, drinks and ALL lobster dishes.

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Summer Solstice

Activities at many larger Maya sites.

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Dia de San Pedro

Three-day fair in celebration of town patron, St Peter. This day is dedicated to celebrating all things San Pedro

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Hopkins Mango Festival

The Southern village comes alive in celebration of the season with all things Mango. Enjoy the local games, cultural performances, live music, food and drinks for the entire family.

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Events in July

Benque Viejo Fiesta

The annual Benque Fiesta, fair made in honor of the town’s patron saint: Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Attractions include a beauty pageant, mechanical rides, fireworks, games, cultural performances, food and drinks.

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Fiestarama

This grand celebration is held in Orange Walk District, features local business, cultural entertainment and an abundance of tasty food and drinks.

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Events in August

International Costa Maya Festival

Help in Sa Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, this festival attracts local and international artists from all over the Americas who came together to put on a multicultural spectacle for a celebratory week of dance, music, pageants, food and drinks.

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Willows Bank Fyah Haat Festival

This predominant Creole community is the location for this highly anticipated festival. Enjoy the flavors and cuisines of Belize, cooked on a makeshift stove, a tradition of Belize.

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San Joaquin Festival

The Catholic Church and Village Council of San Joaquin in Corozal District organize this three-day festival in honor of the village’s patron Saint. Highlights include cultural presentation, mechanical rides, live music, food and drinks,

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San Antonio Village – Maya Deer Dance Festival

The Deer Dance Festival is a traditional celebratory dance of the Maya and it is held annually in San Antonio Village.

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Events in September

Queen of the Bay Pageant
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Carnival King and Queen
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Fire Engine Parade in Belize City
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Battle of St George’s Caye 

Public & Bank Holiday in celebration of the Battle of St George’s Caye Official ceremonies and Citizen’s Parade and Fair are held.

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Military, Police and Fire Tattoo
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Belize Expo
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Flag Raising Ceremonies
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Independence Day Ceremonies and Parade.

The public and bank holiday commemorates the country’s Independence day ceremonies and parades and are held in the most district towns as well as Belize City and Belmopan Numerous, cultural, religious and sporting events take place.

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Sir Barry’s Belikin Bash -Belize City

This week long event includes nightly entertainment, food and of course plenty of ice cold Belikin beer.

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Placencia Yamaha Marelco Saltwater Fishing Tournament 

An Annual fishing tournament held annually in the Placencia Village

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Carnival Road March

March through the streets of Belize ending at the BTL parks where various groups perform to determine the best carnival band.

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Events in October

Tide Fish Festival

An Annual event that occurs in Punta Gorda Town on the Pan American Holiday weekend to raise awareness about environmental issues. It consists of three parts- the Seafood Gala (tasting of fresh seafood caught in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve) the youth Conservation Competition (presentation on Environmental themes) and the fish Festival early morning fishing tournament in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve

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Events in November

Belize International Festival

The Belize International Film Festival is an event held annually which features local regional and international film makers of all calibers. its offers event goers the opportunity to view top films and music videos in Belize

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Garifuna Settlement Day

Marks the 1832 arrival of the Garifuna people to Stann Creek Mainly celebrated in southern Belize. The reenactment of their arrival is the main attraction with Religious. Cultural and parade activities continuing for the rest of the day,

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Battle of the Drums

The Competition and show allows groups to complete and display their musical artistry I playing different categories of Garifuna drumming. Held annually on the Saturday preceding the 19th of November.

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Taco Festival

This food & Music festival held in Orange Walk Town attracts taco enthusiasts from all over BELIZE. as well as tacos of many varieties there is live music a canoe race and games for everyone.

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Events in December

The love FM Christmas Parade

An annual Christmas parade showcasing bands and floats from all over the country to give a spectacular show through the main streets of Belize City.

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Holiday Boat Lighting Parade

During the holiday season on Ambergris Caye, boats are decorated and sail from Boca del Rio to Coconut Hotel in San Pedro, prizes are awarded to the most creatively designed boats. The award party provides fun for the entire family.

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Events in January

New Year’s Day – Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic

On new year’s day cycling takes over the Philip Goldson Highway as local and international riders race between Corozal to Belize City

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Horse Racing in Burrell Boom

Race starts at the entrance of the track and the horses run 1 mile around. The horses run in classes, resting for an hour then they race again.

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Events in February

San Pedro Carnival

This colorful three-day carnival is held annually in San Pedro to celebrate the Easter season. It starts three days before Ash Wednesday and is a mess of flying paint in flour, so this is one time to embrace getting absolutely covered in color and take it on the chin.

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Valentine’s Cycle race.

This race starts in Belmopan, continues to Benque Viejo, and returns to Belize City.

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Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival

Visual and performing artists from Placencia and across Belize showcase their best along Placencia’s historic sidewalk. Shop for Belizean art and explore Belize’s vibrant music scene.

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Orange Walk Rum Festival

A festival highlighting the best of Belizean made rums. This event features numerous highlights such as bartending competitions games and live in Orange Walk Town.

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Events in March

National Hero’s & Benefactors Day

National celebration of Belize’s greatest benefactor, Harbor Regatta, cycling race and kite contest in Belize City

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Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic

Race from Cayo to Belize City

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La Ruta Maya Cane River Challenge Canoe Race

Starts from San Ignacio to Belize City. A four-day canoe race, it retracts the route of the ancient Mayas. The race ends at the Belcan Bridge.

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San Jose Succotz Fiesta Cayo

This annual fair is held in honor of the patron of the village of San Jose Succotz. Saint Joseph. Highlights include traditional foods, music and dances.

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Events dates may be subject to change. For more details, send us an email auto@caronerental.com
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