Our adventure packages are unlike anything you can find elsewhere, not only in Belize, but worldwide. Our facility is rustic by design, and our guests are guided all day long as part of the trip package. It’s important to understand our unique approach to make sure it is what you are looking for.
I only want a one or two day trip, can I sign up? We can’t offer daily excursions; our shortest trip is five nights in length. Our island is 35 miles offshore, it takes three hours just to get there from Belize City.
Can we rent your sports gear but stay somewhere else? We don’t rent our gear for many reasons. Transport and duty fees double the value of gear and there is no way to replace it. Our equipment is based at our private island resort 35 miles off shore, which is reserved for our guests. You would have to transport it that far for rental use.
Can’t we just rent a cabana without the package? Our island is extremely remote, and our transport only runs two days a week. There is no restaurant other than our Dining Hall. The only way to visit our island is to purchase a package which includes hotel and restaurant meals in Belize City, transport to and from the island, lodging and meals on the island, beer and soda, and complete use of our sports equipment, which includes instruction. There is no discount if you don’t want to participate in one or more of the sports. We have very limited availability, and everything is there for you regardless of how much you take advantage of it.
Why are your prices in line with a fancy resort when you have rustic accommodations? While other lodges focus on accommodations, we focus on sports. We have over 40 sea kayaks for 24 people (so your kayak fits you), multiple windsurf set-ups for beginner, intermediate, and expert sailors, top-of-the line surf kayaks, surf boards for those with experience and chosen for our wave, a huge selection of paddleboards, professional kitesurfing gear, and special kayaks for fishermen. All of this gear is driven over 3000 miles to Belize. No resort in Belize comes close to the sports experience we provide. At our place you won’t find maid service, flush toilets, wifi, or umbrellas in your drinks. But you will get the best sports experience available in the country. If accommodations are your priority you have many options. Our program is not for everyone, but it is no less expensive to deliver this kind of experience. Not to mention the fact that we have a private island! It’s the best island in Belize, with all the best toys.
Will I get bored being out on the island for an entire week? Not at all. Long Caye offers the ultimate blend of adventure and relaxation. If you are anything like our past guests, you will beg to stay a second week! (And there is a discount for booking two weeks in a row.) Depending on your ability and fitness level, each sport can take several days of practice to begin to feel proficient. And, everyone likes some hammock time.
Will there be enough sea kayaking for an advanced kayaker? Yes! Depending on the group, your guide may lead longer excursions, paddle outside the reef in the open sea, or allow advanced kayakers to paddle on their own with a “buddy”. There is more to see at Glover’s Reef than one could ever cover in one week.
Do I need experience to join your trips? No experience is necessary for any of our trips, but unpredictable weather can sometimes create strenuous conditions. The island trip is perfect for beginners; unless otherwise requested, our longest paddle is two miles. Full instruction is included for all sports, and the 80-degree water creates an ideal setting to learn or improve your skills. People in average shape have no trouble.
Inland no experience is required for any activity (novice river-runners do not need prior experience). However, our inland activities are more strenuous than our island sports. Inland we spend up to six hours a day participating in moderately strenuous activities. Some guests may find it very strenuous. If a guest would like to skip a particular inland activity, they are free to join our shuttle driver to drive around to pick up the group. On the Caves Branch River there is a portage which adds to the difficulty of the trip.
Who carries the gear on the river portages? On the Caves Branch River (Belize Adventure Week) we make two portages. It is not possible for the guides to do this alone; everyone helps out to get the gear through the jungle to the next safe spot to resume running the river. If individuals have back problems, they certainly should not help, but they should make sure they are not signed up for a very small trip where there would be no one else to assist the guide during the portages.
I see I need a “buddy” for each activity. What if I am traveling alone? Many of our guests are single travelers. We offer group activities all day every day, someone else on the same activity can easily be your buddy. If you wish to do an activity without a guide, you would have to find a buddy, but there are usually plenty of people looking for activity partners.
Do you charge a single supplement? I don’t want to share a room. We do not charge a single supplement, singles pay the same as everyone else. Getting your own room is something that happens more often than not for single travelers, but we can’t guarantee it. We can’t manufacture more rooms for trips with lots of singles, or trips that fill. If you choose a popular date like Christmas or President’s Day, you will likely have to share. If you choose a less popular time to travel, you will likely have your own cabana on the island. You might also get your own room at the Biltmore in Belize City, but again, we can’t guarantee it. If you do get a single, we pay the difference for you. The only way to guarantee a single room on our trips is to pay for two.
We know that singles do not want to share, and we do our best to make that happen. If you can wait to sign up until the last minute we might be able to tell you for sure. However, we cannot promise single occupancy months in advance for any date because we have no idea how many others may sign up later. It is more likely you would not share on the island but possibly share in Belize City. In Belize City, we pay the extra cost when a single gets their own room. Our prices are based on double occupancy.
If you are traveling alone don’t worry about rooming with someone else, we spend little time in our cabanas. (And we only room persons of the same gender together!) Mostly you will use your lodging to change clothes and to fall fast asleep after an exciting day.
Can I bring my kids along on your trips? The Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef trip is great for kids ages 3+. However, most of our gear is adult gear, and we do not offer kid-specific activities. Families love our island trips because the itinerary is so flexible. Parents may wish to hire a babysitter, which we arrange. There is a price break for children under 12, but there are also restrictions. Please see our Kids Policy. On Belize Adventure Week the minimum age is 10. We are often asked to make an exception to this policy, but we do not allow kids 9 years old and under on this trip. Families with kids under 10 years should choose our island trip. The inland sports are best attempted with an adult-size body, for issues of both size and strength. In the past when parents of kids ages 8-9 have told us that their kid was exceptional and we did make an exception, they later commented they should not have taken their child on the Belize Adventure Week trip.
How big are your groups? On the Glover’s Reef trip our maximum is 24 guests. On Belize Adventure Week the maximum is 12. All of our trips have a minimum of 4 adults, but we will run the island trip for 2-3 adults with an additional surcharge. Occasionally we overbook under special circumstances. If both trips are full, the total number of guests on the island during the second half of the week will equal about 34, with the staff totaling as many as ten persons. If the size of your group is important to you, simply call and we will be happy to keep you posted on the size of any trip, or check our Availability page. Those traveling at peak times (Christmas, Presidents’ Day, Spring Break, and Easter) can expect full trips. Those traveling at other times will often find that the trips are not full.
You cannot start or end on just any day because the boat to our island only goes two days a week. Be sure you understand when the package you want begins and ends so that you don’t buy air tickets on the wrong days to make it work. We offer two week-long packages and each have a first-half and second-half you can choose separately.
Why don’t you offer the Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Half-Week options every week? Half-weeks are not offered during holidays to maximize the limited space on our island.
Do I really need to fly in a day early as recommended on your “Belize Supplemental Information” sheet? Most of our guests arriving Day 1 of their trip do not experience any problems getting there, however, there is a percentage that do. There are not many flights to Belize, so if you miss your flight you will arrive a full 24 hours later than you originally intended. Arriving one day early is the best way to avoid any problems in meeting the group on time. If you do plan to extend your stay by several days, we recommend you extend it before your trip with us, rather than after. Visit our Belize Fares page for current fares from over 30 US and Canadian cities, and Belize Flights page to read about flight options to Belize. To see our recommendations of what to do with your extra day, visit Other Things to Do in Belize.
Why do we have to spend 2 nights in Belize City for the Adventure Island trip? Our boat ride is 3 hours one way. The boat generally leaves around 8 or 9 a.m., arriving on the island just before lunch. The unload and reload for the departing guests takes 2 hours, and then the boat returns to Belize City. If a storm is coming, we may leave as early as 6 a.m., to get the other group off the island before it hits. So you have to be right there with our group the night before, you can’t arrive that morning. On the end of the trip, you usually get back to Belize City about 4 p.m., although there is no guarantee, there are too many factors we can’t control that could make us arrive later. Therefore you can’t fly out that night, so you need a place to stay in Belize City. Therefore every package includes the first and last night in Belize City. The 5-night package is 2 nights in Belize City, 3 on the island; the 6-night package is 2 in Belize City, 4 on the island; the 9-night package is 2 in Belize City, 7 on the island. There’s no getting around that schedule. For an even more thorough explanation on this topic, read our blog post “Just how remote is the island?”
Can we skip the orientation programs in order to have more time for diving (or kiteboarding, or surfing, or...)? For any sport you want to do, you must complete the orientation session. This is a safety issue. The sessions are not boring, nor a waste of time. We’ve been doing it a long time, and have developed our program as the fastest way to get a whole group up and running. If you wish to never use a kayak, you can skip the kayak orientation. If you wish to never snorkel, you can skip the snorkel orientation, but we know from experience you will regret it if you do. We use the kayaks to access snorkel spots that are too far to swim to. We snorkel every day, the snorkeling is incredible. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, and even though you thought you would be kitesurfing the whole time, the wind might not blow the whole week. There is no telling what will actually happen weather-wise the week you are there. We do not repeat the snorkel or the sea kayak orientations, so if you opt to skip them, you have lost your opportunity. After they are out of the way, the other orientations like windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paddleboarding are offered as many times as people want them. Everyone tells us they didn’t understand the importance of these orientation sessions before they got to the island, but once they spent time there they realized the beauty of our system. It takes time to introduce this much gear to a group so that they can use it with or without a guide safely. Follow this link to see our list of water sport gear, you will see what we mean.
How are the days on the island organized? Are activities set on specific days or is there flexibility? The itinerary is more structured at the beginning and completely flexible by the end of the week. No one is required to participate in any sport, but if you want to try a sport you must first attend an orientation/safety session, regardless of your past experience. So the first 24 hours on the island is busy while we complete the mandatory orientations so everyone can get started having fun! Snorkel orientation is the first afternoon, then sea kayak orientation is the next morning. Those we do not repeat. After that, remaining orientations will be repeated as many times as necessary. You may join a guided activity or go off on your own as long as you have a buddy and as long as you have already attended the orientation session. We do reserve the right to veto a plan we feel is unwise.
Sometimes people want to arrive a day late, and sometimes someone misses a flight and has an unscheduled late arrival. This is what is involved in getting to the island on your own.
I can’t arrive until Saturday for the Adventure Island package; aren’t the arrival days flexible? What do I do if I have to arrive late? The only way to arrive late or depart early is to charter your own boat. Our boat runs out of Belize City every Saturday, and also many Wednesdays, but not all. The boat that takes you out to the island brings back the departing group from the week before. It’s a 3-hour ride, so our boat must leave Belize City first thing in the morning to get out there (before international flights arrive that day), get unloaded and re-loaded, and return by dark. There is no guarantee of the time we return by because there are too many factors that are out of our control, but we usually get back to Belize City by 3:30 or 4:00 pm. It is not possible to delay this boat ride even a few hours. Also, sometimes we have to leave Belize City to go out to the island even earlier than usual due to an impending weather event. Therefore guests going out to the island have to arrive the evening before, we need everyone right there so we can leave when we need to, and departing guests do not get back in time to catch a flight the same day, as the last international flights leave Belize City about 4:00 pm.
Guests who wish to arrive late for some reason, or who miss a flight and must arrive late, will be responsible for chartering their own boat from Dangriga, Belize (not Belize City) out to the island. The cost is currently $700 for the boat and $95/person for the flight between Dangriga and Belize City, (June 2017 rate, can increase without notice). When guests charter a boat, we will arrange it for the guest, but the ride itself is outside of our responsibility and is at the risk of the guest, we cannot be responsible for it. We only arrange with captains we have had good results from in the past, but these individuals are not our employees and it is not an official part of the trip package. Guests must carry $700 US in cash to pay for this boat ride on site. Do not wait until you get to Belize to try to procure cash!
To meet the charter boat, guests must first fly 20 minutes to Dangriga on one of two airlines: Tropic Air (tropicair.com) or Maya Island Air (mayaislandair.com). Tickets can be purchased on the website of either airline up until 3 days prior to the flight. After that reservations must be made by phone. Advance payment is not required.
Dangriga is 35 miles from Belize City, and the boat ride could take anywhere from 1.5 hours to 4 hours, depending on the weather. Because the weather can never be predicted, the latest time of day that you could safely leave Dangriga and make it to Long Caye before dark in any weather would be 2:30 pm. This means the last flight you could take is the 1:45 pm flight on Tropic (arriving in Dangriga at 2:00 pm). Maya Island Air’s last flight that meets this schedule is the 1:30 pm flight (arriving in Dangriga at 1:45). All later flights these airlines offer get to Dangriga too late to gather your luggage, get picked up, be driven to the dock, get loaded on the boat, and get out to Glover’s Reef before dark, leaving extra time for problems.
Guests must be responsible for following these guidelines. Belizean captains will leave any time you ask to make you happy, and they have been known to make a poor judgment call in this regard. It is the guest’s responsibility not to get on any boat leaving Dangriga after 2:30 pm. If your flight is delayed or you are delayed for any other reason, you should overnight in Dangriga and go out to the island the next morning. If you find that you will be late, you need to contact our office via email (email@example.com) or phone (435-259-4225) so that we can contact the island and let them know you will come out first thing the next morning. We recommend these hotels in Dangriga: Pelican Beach: 522.2044, Chaleanor: 522.2587.
Occasionally guests will make their own boat arrangements without consulting us. If you choose to do this, be sure the boat you hire has two engines and be sure the boat has lifejackets and be SURE you wear the lifejackets. Belizeans captains will not insist on this.
Guests who choose to arrive late because they can’t meet our schedule need to stay in close contact with us. Occasionally extreme weather means we have to delay our boat a day, so rather than fly on to Dangriga you would meet the delayed group in Belize City and go out with us the next day. You need to contact the Moab office right before you leave the US to make sure “Plan A” is still a go.
Read this section when you sign up, don’t wait until the last minute to get ready, you might find you won’t have enough time.
Do I need a passport? Passports are required for travel to Belize. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply! For an application, contact the U.S. Post Office. You will send the U.S. Passport Service a certified birth certificate along with passport photos and the completed form. Passports are good for ten years and cannot expire within 6 months of travel or you will not be allowed into the country. Visas are automatically distributed on the plane to U.S., Canada, and British citizens. Persons from other countries need to contact their consulate. When packing make two copies of the first page of your passport and carry one in a different place from your passport and leave one with a friend.
Related blog post: Early season passport issue and a near miss!
What will the Belize weather be like during my trip? In general, late November - May is the “dry” season, with February - March enjoying the most ideal weather. Ideal weather means a temperature in the low 80s during the day and the low 70s at night, and winds at 10-15 mph. During some years the early parts of the dry season are still fairly stormy. June through early November is the “rainy” season, but out at Glover’s it’s not nearly as wet as on the mainland. The worst weather of the year is during September and October. Online weather forecasts are for Belize City, there are no forecasts for Glover’s Reef. There is no way to predict the weather for specific dates!
What should I do first to get ready? The most productive thing you can do is read the material about your trip, and read it as soon as you sign up. Many factors influence your enjoyment of your trip, and many of these hinge on being prepared. We consider the following to be required reading for those joining us: (1) the detailed itinerary sheet of the trip you are on, (2) this page, (3) the Belize Supplemental Information sheet, and (4) Things You Need to Know Before Booking a Trip With Slickrock. Request these documents online. Our staff will be happy to answer all of your questions, give us a call.
Why do we need to bring money if your trips are all-inclusive? We cover everything except alcoholic beverages, Belize exit tax, scuba diving, advanced kitesurfing lessons, tips, and taxis to and from the airport, which can add up to several hundred dollars. If you or your luggage were delayed, an already difficult situation would be greatly compounded if you were relying on credit cards or unreliable ATM machines. It can cost up to $795 for one person to catch up with the trip. Please see our packing list for further information; request this document by email or phone.
Here is an example of the breakdown of how much cash one should bring for a family of four. You will likely bring most of it home, but we recommend $2500 in US dollars to cover all extra costs and possible emergencies. It can be extremely difficult to get cash in Belize, you definitely want to bring it with you.
-Possible boat evacuation for emergency - $700
-Flight to international airport if evacuating - $95 per person (can use credit card)
-Taxi to and from airport at beginning and end of trip - $60 total
-Rum and wine, if desired - $100
-Airport exit tax - $25 per person
-Dinner last night in Belize City - $25 per person
-Breakfast last morning in Belize - $15 per person
-Tips for staff at end of trip (standard amount is 10-15% of trip cost) $235 per person
-Presents for the poor people back home who didn’t get to come with you $100
Is it customary to tip the staff? Tips should reflect your satisfaction with crew performance and are not required. Tipping is often organized as a group tip (one guest collects the entire tip from all members of the group and presents it to the trip leader at the end of the trip). The trip leader then splits the tip between all staff members. Staff members include trip managers, guides, cooks, and island caretakers; company owners are excluded. Tips may not be put on guest credit cards, cash is required as Belize is a cash-based society. The standard in the industry for each guest is 10-15% of the trip price.
What kind of exercise should I do to get ready? For physical conditioning, the best thing to do is to increase stamina and general health. You will be walking, bending over, scrambling up, lugging boats over rocks, getting in and out of boats, swimming, falling into the water from your windsurf board and getting back on, etc. One should focus on all-body conditioning like yoga and also stay really healthy and DON’T hang out around sick people. Do you have streaming internet at home? Here’s a fantastic streaming yoga class on line! yogatoday.com. It’s not free, but affordable. Visit our Belize page for more info on Belize medical considerations.
What if I plan to travel as a single parent, or bring one of my kid’s best friends along? Kids under 16 must travel with both of their parents, or documentation from the absent parent is required. A new Belize law (2010) requires any kids under 16 must have a notarized letter from each of their parents giving permission to enter the country if either or both parents are not present. Enforcement of this law is sporadic, but it’s risky to neglect to comply.
My trip is only a few weeks away but I haven’t received my T-shirt, and I am supposed to wear it when I meet my group. Where is it? We hold T-shirts until receipt of both the final payment and your completed registration form. If you don’t get these to us until a week before the trip, your T-shirt will probably arrive while you are gone. We have found that T-shirts sent to Canada take 2 weeks minimum.
Our island facility has been dubbed “Five Star Camping.” Exactly.
Where do we sleep on the island? Everyone sleeps in beach-front cabanas. We have elevan double beds and the rest are singles. Most cabanas sleep 2, some sleep 3 or 4. We provide linens, blankets, and pillows. Double occupancy is a necessity when trips are full, so single travelers may be roomed with another single traveler of the same gender. Families of 3 will all be roomed together. We cannot reserve specific cabanas in advance as the trip leader considers the needs of everyone before assigning cabanas; rooming is not confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. We only have so many cabanas, some have double beds, some are duplexes, some have single beds. We take each person’s special request into account and of course try to give everyone exactly what they want, but since we can’t know the makeup of the group in advance, we reserve the right to do the rooming to try to accommodate everyone, not each family or single traveler in order of reservation. Visit Belize Accommodations for more info.
What are the bathroom facilities like on these trips? On the island we have composting toilets, and bathe with well-water (not heated) pumped by the sun to a gravity flow tank; the shower stalls are completely private. Please note the bathroom facilities on our island are not attached to the rooms, requiring a walk of at least 50 feet. All inland lodging consists of standard guest rooms with flush toilets and hot showers. For more information and photos of all of our island facilities, please visit our Long Caye facilities page.
How do people store valuables such as cash and passports while on the island? We have no safes on the island, as they would rust shut in a matter of months. We keep cash ourselves on the island, we simply hide it somewhere in our luggage. We completely trust all of our staff and guests. All visitors to the island (there are not many) are met and escorted the entire time they are there. However, if we miss someone they are the only potential problem, they could be wandering un-escorted. That’s why we don’t leave our money sitting out in plain sight in our cabana.
Is it possible to send and receive e-mail on the trips? Only when inland. On the island our communication systems are for staff and emergency use only, there is no internet. Please see the question below about emergency contact.
Can I charge my batteries for my digital camera, video, etc. on the trip? Please note that the island is extremely hard on electronics; waves break directly on our shore and the air is permeated with salt. Do not bring your computer with you, it will definitely shorten its life. Inland all lodges have electrical outlets in the rooms, and all devices that work in the US will work in Belize. On the island we have a 12 Volt electric system and cigarette lighter outlets with USB ports in the Dining Hall available for charging. To charge devices and camera batteries that do not take a USB cord, you can either get a charger that plugs directly into a car cigarette lighter or purchase an inverter to plug your regular battery charger into. About 95% of battery chargers will work on small inverters. We do not provide inverters because devices could be ruined by the wrong inverter, and we cannot be responsible for your electrical devices. You should test your charger with your inverter in your car before you come. If it charges in your car, your setup will work on the island. Note that you can only charge devices during daylight hours.
Related blog post: Island solar and wind power
Will insects be a problem? Unlike other locations in Belize, we are blessed with a non-buggy island, and we treat for bugs if present. During periods of calm weather there could be a few bug present on the island. On the inland portion of Belize Adventure Week guests can expect a few mosquitoes in the evening, but accommodations are screened.
That’s our favorite question! People rave about our island menu. We can accommodate some diets, but not all. If you have a special diet, please read this section.
What is the food like? There is no restaurant on the island, all of our meals are served buffet-style.Our island menu is designed to take advantage of the fresh seafood of Belize and fresh fruits and vegetables available in the local markets. A typical dinner includes one appetizer, one entrée (fish, chicken or pork), two side dishes including fresh vegetables and carbohydrates, and dessert. Fresh homemade breads and salads are often served as part of the meal. Inland we eat home-style Belizean meals at the lodges we use (sorry, we can’t provide a copy of their menus).
Can you accommodate my special diet? Vegetarian and gluten-free guests will find our menu adapts easily. We also accommodate life-threatening allergies and cheese-free (but not dairy free) diets (continue reading for further information on these options). Persons with a vegan diet can NOT be accommodated.
Guests may not utilize our kitchen to cook their own food, it is used by our staff only. If you do not eat something on the menu for any given meal, no alternates are available, you simply eliminate what you don’t wish to eat. For all dietary restrictions we are able to accommodate, advance notice is required.
Our island menu provides options for every kind of diet, but not every thing every single person would want. We designed this menu to be as varied as possible so that everyone finds something they like. However, we cannot accommodate any special requests simply because there are too many different diets out there. Obviously if we accommodate one we must accommodate all. Today many different dietary restrictions are common: gluten free, gluten and grain free, vegan, meat free, sugar free, carb free, Paleo, allergic to dairy, allergic to butter only, raw food only, cooked food only, no nuts, no nightshades, etc. There are usually several people with different restricted diets present on one trip, sometimes eight different diets or more. Therefore, we are not able to cook entirely different dishes for anyone.
We ask prospective guests to simply review our island menu and see if they can get enough to eat by not eating the dishes they don’t like. Our system, so far out to sea, with the cooks never visiting a store, no grocery story on the island, no walk-in refrigerator (we do not run generators), and two women doing all of the cooking day after day means that we must serve everyone the same dishes at each meal.
--What we can accommodate in addition to vegetarian and gluten-free diets:
1. Life-threatening allergies. Guests who carry an epinephrine pen for a food allergy can be assured we will either not serve, or completely quarantine, those items for that week. For example, if someone carries an epinephrine pen for a nut allergy, we remove nuts in all dishes except the granola (which is made in large batches in advance) for the full week for the full group.
2. Cheese-free. We can leave cheese out of all dishes for that person only if someone requests it in advance.
--The problem with multiple food allergies: We cannot accommodate multiple allergies, because we remove the offending ingredient for the whole group. We cannot remove nuts, wheat, tomatoes and onions (for example) from the entire menu for a week. It is simply not possible under our system, and presumably the rest of the guests and staff like those items as part of their diet. Persons who cannot or will not eat onions, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, or peppers should realize those are staples in Belize, and are in many of the dishes we serve.
What do we drink on Long Caye? We use a rainwater collection system, which is common throughout remote Belize. We have a solar-powered refrigerator to chill our beer and soda, which is included in the trip price. Diet drinks are not available from our distributor (we only use returnable bottles). We also have fresh orange juice and juice concentrates for mixing with water or for cocktails. Regarding alcohol, we supply beer; and guests have to bring their own rum or other alcoholic beverages which can be purchased in Belize. There is no ice.
Is it necessary to treat the drinking water of inland Belize?
The water is safe where we stay, and we also carry bottled water in the van.
Related blog post: Recipe for Belizean Stew Chicken
Related blog post: More Belizean Recipes
In a nutshell, we provide the big stuff: kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, surfboards. You provide the little stuff: snorkel gear, rash guards, booties, flashlight.
What do we bring? Please request our packing list. We can send it to you mail or by email.
Should I bring gloves for diving and snorkeling? No, you should never touch coral. We encourage everyone to be conscientious about preserving an area we feel fortunate to have access to.
I have questions about snorkeling gear (or fishing gear, or water shoes, or ....) What kind should I get? Many sports require special gear that we do not provide as it is personal gear and must fit your body (or in the case of fishing, the fishing is fantastic at our island for those who don’t require instruction). Request our full packing list that can be mailed or emailed to you. For gear recommendations visit Belize Packing List.
Related blog post: What to bring on an adventure trip to Belize
It says to bring long underwear on the equipment list, is that necessary? Yes; in “cold” weather (60-65 degrees) the extra layer extends the warmth of your other clothes. Cold spells can happen at any time of the year, and long underwear is something most people already own, plus it doesn’t take up much room in your luggage.
Can my family contact me if there is an emergency? Leave our office number in the United States with your relatives for emergency contact, but inform them that it could take over a day to get through. We do not pass on messages of a non-emergency nature. You should not promise to call home when you arrive in Belize; it can be difficult and very expensive. Your cell phone may not work in Belize, although some do.
What happens if I get hurt? Staff members are trained in First Aid and phone contact is maintained at all times (as long as the phones are working in Belize!) Evacuations by boat can be arranged, but you will have to pay all expenses. There is a rental helicopter in Belize, but no medical helicopter at this time. If inland, transportation to Belize City is easily arranged, but also at your expense. Be sure you have funds on hand to pay for any emergency! Hospitals in Belize DO accept credit cards. Be sure to purchase a travel insurance policy, they should reimburse you for evacuation expenses in the event that you were injured and needed to leave the trip. See Our Hints for a Better Vacation for our recommendations for travel insurance.
I’ve heard bad things about Belize City, are they true? Belize City has an unsavory reputation, which is somewhat deserved. You should not walk alone at night, but it is safe to walk around during the day provided you adopt a confident attitude. If you’re worried, stay at one of the better hotels and take cabs within the city. If approached by street people ignore them or say, “Thanks, I’m all set.” They are rarely dangerous, but once you acknowledge them, they’re hard to get rid of. Act like you know where you are going, and watch out for scams like “fund-raisers.” When taking a cab in Belize, always settle the price before getting in (make clear it is per cab, not per person.) Surprises are common in this region and one should be prepared to accept canceled reservations, closed businesses, or broken commitments. Our staff makes every effort to insulate you from these problems, but we too must live with their system.