Information & Facts
English is the official language and the one most
commonly spoken, but you will hear Creole, Spanish, Garifuna and
Mayan as well.
The unit of currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD), which is fixed
against the US$ as BZ$2 = US$1. Most tourist resorts, hotels,
restaurants and tour operators accept US currency and travellers
cheques. Credit cards are also accepted, and most banks in Belize
City and Belmopan will advance cash against Visa or MasterCard.
When using credit cards most establishments will add a 5% service
charge to the bill. First Caribbean International Bank has several
ATMs in Belize City. Always make sure you understand which dollar
rate is being quoted, either Belize Dollars or US Dollars.
Local time is GMT -6.