I'd like to get some recommendations on travelling to Belize. I'm planning my first out-of-country trip ever from the US to Belize. I have never travelled outside of the country before and need some pointers on international travel in general and travelling to Belize specifically. I would like to stay on Caye Caulker and visit the
and a couple of cave systems. I'm perfectly happy lounging by the sea in a hammock with an umbrella drink, but I'd also like to do something fun or exciting I can only do in Belize.
I think I want to stay here
. Before you ask, yes I have read this
, and this
. People have lots of recommendations on what to do and where to stay, but I need to know more basic things. This
page gives me a good idea about exchange rates and such, but I don't know if I'm supposed to change my money before I get there or after. Travel Belize
has a lot of good information, but I'm still not sure if there's anything special I have to do before I leave the US. I have a passport, but do I need to like, call the State Department before I leave or something? Do I need a round of vaccinations?
I also need tips on getting around and how I can find out in advance what transportation I'll be using. For instance, how do I get from Belize City to Caye Caulker? After I'm at Caye Caulker, how do I get to the Great Blue Hole? Also, do I need to take diving lessons here before I go? And after that, how do I jaunt back to the mainland for a cave tubing trip? Should I change the order so that I go caving first and then go to the Cayes?
Another thing I'd like to know about is what the cell phone/wifi situation is like there. I think I can survive for a week without internet, but it would be nice to have access on my Palm Pre or my netbook to check in with friends and make them jealous.
So many questions. Any tips or personal experiences, good or bad, would be appreciated.