Where is Belize?
How large is Belize?
Is Belize law similar to U.S. law?
What about drinking water?
What is the electrical voltage?
What about crime?
May firearms be brought into or out of Belize?
What about drugs?
Q: Where is Belize?
A: Belize is located in the Western Caribbean just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Guatemala borders Belize to the west and south.
Q: How large is Belize?
A: Belize is approximately 8,866 square miles. Its mainland is approximately 180 miles long and up to 68 miles wide.
Q: Is Belize law similar to U.S. law?
A: Belize law is similar to U.S. law and in fact Belize is an Independent British Commonwealth. The Government was modeled after the British Parliamentary System. Also, Belize is an English speaking country with a stable government and growing economy.
Q: What about drinking water?
A: Bottled water is available throughout Belize. Major towns have chlorinated water. Small villages rely on rainwater or untreated well water for drinking; you should not. Do not drink water that has not been treated. Many shops and hotels will have bottled drinking water. Water from municipalities is chlorinated and aerated. We recommend that you buy purified bottled water in gallons, which can usually be refilled for about US$.50.
Q: What is the electrical voltage?
A: In Belize electricity is supplied at 110 volts, 60 Hz., which is the same as the standard U.S. service. As in most parts of the world, we recommend surge protectors and/or battery back-up units for sensitive equipment such as computers or TVs.
Q: What about crime?
A: The people of Belize understand that tourism is a big part of the economy, so crimes against tourists are not common. But to be on the safe side, be cautious, do not leave your possessions alone, and do not walk alone or at night in unknown parts.
Q: May firearms be brought into or out of Belize?
A: It is illegal to take firearms into or out of Belize. Do not "accidentally" bring firearms or ammunition into Belize. You could easily find yourself in prison. Mexico, too, for that matter.
Q: What about drugs?
A: Illegal drugs in Belize are punishable with strict laws, prison terms and fines.
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