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I spent a bunch of time hanging out in the Belize forum before my trip and wanted to note a few things that folks seem to ask about, since I just returned two days ago. First, misterbee and hopefulist have good advice and are well-informed. (Thanks, you two. I had a wonderful trip!)

Money: you don't need to change any money before arriving if you have USD. They are used interchangeably with Belize $ throughout the country, and you may occasionally get USD back as change even if you pay in…

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Hello everybody,
I'm looking to have some information about Belize. I'm looking to open a dive center anywhere in the world, and Belize look like the ideal destination. I'm wondering how is it to working over there and how life is for a family.

Thanks for your post

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I just received the following email from the CDC regarding the confirmation of the Zika virus in Belize. Be sure to take precautions if you're visiting. The organization also provide the following guide for travelers: http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/pdfs/fs_mosquito_bite_prevention_travelers.pdf

Security Message: Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, Belize informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Belize regarding the Zika…

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Does anyone know where the cheapest place in Belize to get my Padi Open Water cert? I know there are cheap ones in Utila, but I will be heading that way later in my trip and was hoping to get it before. Is there anywhere in Belize that matches prices in Utila?

Thanks!

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Hi,

I'm planning a short trip to Belize with 2 friends and we're hoping to find a way to travel from Placencia back up to Belize City via an overnight stop near Blue Hole National Park (or any other site in the the jungle that might be on the way). We'd love to make an inland pit stop.

Are there shuttles operating between these sites? What would you recommend?

Thanks!
Tobi

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I'm hoping that someone on the forum who resides in Belize might be able to answer this question for me:

Customs duty, of course, is calculated as a percentage of the value of the item which is imported into Belize. In those instances in which Belize Customs assesses duty on an imported motor vehicle, how do they establish its value? For instance, if a used car is brought in from the U.S., will they accept Kelly Blue Book or a written appraisal from a couple of car dealers in the U.S.?

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My wife and I were in Placencia for a week or so last summer for the first time and enjoyed it greatly. However we were both a little concerned to see that a big cruise ship marina/village was being built just off-shore on one of the keys. Is there anyone on the ground there who can tell us whether/if that is changing anything? As I understand it the ships will begin docking there later this year.

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Leaving for Belize in 2 weeks and wanted some help narrowing down the final details of our trip (mostly transportation related). We fly into Belize city at 6am, and need a transfer to Placencia. I looked at Paul Lanzas shuttles, which ran about $60 per person for a private shuttle to placencia. Is this the best option for 5 people to get from Belize city to Placencia?

After 3 nights in Placencia, we will go north to Hopkins for 2 nights. What is the best way to get 5 people from Placencia to…

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I will be visiting Belize and Grand Cayman this summer and am trying to figure out how to get between the two - it seems as though the only option is by flying back to US. Does anyone know of an alternative? Local airline? Cruise/boat? I'd prefer not to spend the time/money going back thru US if there are other options.
Thanks!

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I read that buses leave from Dangriga to Hopkins twice daily, 10am and 5pm. Is this schedule current? What's the Hopkins to Dangriga schedule like? Is this bus the only cheap public transport between these places?