Welcome to Belize!
Belize is home to the second-largest reef system in the world, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
San Ignacio is the heart and soul of the Cayo District, a vibrant traveler center from where all roads and activities fan out.
Caye Caulker is known for its world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, and the Go Slow mantra.
Leave your worries at home as you dive into Caye Caulker’s island vibes, explore the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, eat delicious Caribbean food, and spend the evenings dancing at one of the reggae bars.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Start: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) -- Belize City, Belize
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 1:00 pm on Day 1.
Finish: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) -- Belize City, Belize
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 12:00 pm on Day 5.
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Belize
If you're a fan of turquoise water, love beautiful sandy beaches, and want to swim with some of the most diverse marine life on the planet, you'll be hard pressed to find a better trip than this!
Experience the only country in Central American where English is the official language as you swim through coral reefs with sharks, sea turtles, and much more!
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 14 max, average 12
-Physical rating: Light.
Activities include light walking, swimming, cave tubing, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Expect a lot of rest and relaxation as you adopt the “Go Slow” vibe of Caye Caulker
Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.
Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom Facebook Group and connect with others members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a location after their trip.
During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.
After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our large online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.
More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.
Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Breakfast and dinners will be enjoyed at local restaurants a short walk away.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
You will be traveling by private ground transportation and public speedboat throughout your trip.
You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.
Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).
Medical insurance is required for USA trips and travel insurance is not mandatory in order to participate in our USA trips, though recommended.
Please note that travel insurance covers trip related issues such as trip interruption, lost luggage, theft, etc.
If selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers should have medical coverage and that we suggest a minimum coverage of $200,000 USD for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.
We recommend using either Wanderwell or World Nomads to purchase your policy. The Wanderwell “Preferred Plan” or the World Nomads “Explorer Plan” will cover all included activities on U30X trips. Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, thoughtfully selected by Under30Experiences.
If you have travel insurance with your credit card we require proof of purchase of the trip in the form of a receipt or credit card statement on a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses.
We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.
The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eateries, and introduce you to our local friends.
You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the regions visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.
We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with! All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.
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Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders:
Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.
Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.
The tap water in Belize is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Belize beautiful.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.
Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
No inoculations are required to enter Belize from the USA but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.
If you are traveling from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.
Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of Latin America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.
Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons our Trip Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
We suggest bringing USD $250 in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.
This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.
The official currency in Belize is Belize Dollar (BZD)
The Belizean Dollar by law is tied to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of 2:1 so there's no need to exchange before arriving.
Tipping 10-20% is acceptable for wait staff, maids and drivers.
Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.
For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.
Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.
Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
Don’t leave valuables unattended. Leave your flashy jewelry at home.
US Citizens please consider registering with the US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.
Although Caye Caulker is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.
Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.
The climate in Belize is subtropical and there are two seasons.
Dry season months of November-April
Green season months of June-October
Eating breakfast is called "drinking tea."
Punta is the most popular genre of Garífuna music and has become the most popular genre in all of Belize.
Belize is very influenced by Afro-Caribbean culture.
It is considered rude not to greet one another, even slight acquaintances.
“Go slow” is the Belize mantra
Key Phrases in Belizean Creole
While tipping isn’t customary, it is certainly appreciated especially when you have received great service. Be sure to tip in the local currency (Belizean Dollar) to ensure the recipient does not have to pay additional fees when exchanging. Here are some common guidelines to follow:
While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
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