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Belize Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Belize!

Belize is home to the second largest reef system in the world, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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.

What's Included

  • 5 days / 4 nights in shared accommodations in a boutique hotel
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Snorkeling the second largest barrier reef at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Stay on a stunning Caribbean island with no cars
  • Swim in crystal clear waters
  • Cave tubing experience
  • Experience the "go slow" lifestyle
  • Round-trip ferry to and from Caye Caulker
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Belize

Highlights

  • Snorkeling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Cave tubing jungle adventure
  • Spot tropical sea life while swimming in the world's second-largest barrier reef
  • Listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street
  • Chill out, relax, and enjoy the tropical island vibe on Caye Caulker
  • Get a taste of Marie Sharp's hot sauce, Belize’s own local hot sauce

Is this Trip for You?

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

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

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.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners will be enjoyed at local restaurants a short walk away.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Eggs, sandwiches, local fruit, homemade bread, yogurt, and granola, coffee, tea

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Local dishes like coconut curry, jerk chicken, seafood, and coconut rice

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private ground transportation and public speedboat throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included)
  • Public water taxi to and from Caye Caulker (Included)

Accommodation

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).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 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. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

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 eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.


Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

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.

Do not forget: water bottle, sunscreen, sandals, beach towel, waterproof rain jacket, sunglasses and a hat!

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after 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.

Health & Insurance

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 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.

Money & Currency

The official currency in Belize is Belize Dollar (BZD)

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest bringing at least USD $250 in cash for the duration of the trip.

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.

Safety & Security

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 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.

Weather

The climate in Belize is subtropical and there are two seasons.

Dry season months of November-April

  • Average temperature is 73-82°F
  • Hot & dry weather
  • Rainfall is scarce
  • Known as the high season with many travelers

Green season months of June-October

  • Average temperature is 79-86°F
  • Please expect showers and thunderstorms most days that pass through.

cultural information

Eating breakfast is called "drinking tea."

Punta is the most popular genre of Garifuna 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

  • Whats up? Hello -- Weh di go aan?
  • I love Belize -- Mi love Bileez
  • Thank you -- Tanks
  • Good Morning -- Good mawning
  • What time is it? -- Da weh time?
  • See you later -- Si yoo lata
  • Where is -- Weh/weh-paat
  • Everything’s fine -- Everything gud/aarite
  • Good evening -- Gud night

Optional Activities

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $250 in cash.

Scenic Flight Over The Blue Hole: USD $200-$450

A scenic flight over the Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Atoll and Belize Barrier Reef. An unforgettable one hour scenic plane flight where each person has their own viewing window.

Half Day Dive: USD $135

Shallow reef, beautiful soft corals, and calm waters. Experience one of the best places to dive.

Paddle board/Kayak Rental: USD $15/hour

The rental rate includes a 10 minute introduction and crash course for safety.

Golf Cart Hire: USD $60/day

While there aren’t any golf courses on Caye Caulker, you’ll see golf carts all over the island. These carts are the islanders’ main mode of transport – there are no cars or scooters on Caye Caulker; just picture how clean the air is without any pollution.

Bike hire: USD $10/day

Chilling at the Split - FREE

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.

General Rules

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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