GENERAL INFORMATION ON BELIZE

EXCHANGE RATE
The exchange rate is 2 Belize dollars for 1 U.S. dollar.

BEACHCOMBERS TIP:
Most local businesses will accept U.S. currency and will give change in Belize currency.

LANGUAGE
In Belize English is the official language, with Spanish the second most frequent and Creole (dialect) ever present. The Caribs speak Garifuna. On Ambergris Caye which is bilingual, Spanish and English (some Maya) are the most prevalent languages.

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GOVERNMENT AND DEFENSE
The Belizean Government is a stable democracy with a bicameral legislature, and a member of the British Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Non-Alligned Nations. It maintains its own armed forces, but there is a British garrison stationed here to aid in case of external threat.

Richie Woods, the author
of this fine work.

BEACHCOMBERS TIP:
The Harrier jets and the helicopters that one may see and hear over Ambergris Caye are members of the British Forces.

RUINS AND ARTIFACTS
Belize is rich in Maya ruins and Ambergris Caye has several Maya sites. The Caye also has the remains of numerous shipwrecks along the reet.

THE ROAD TO HANA
Click here for a description of taking the "road" on the northern end of Ambergris Caye.

BEACHCOMBERS TIP:
The Belize Antiquities Laws prohibit the disturbance or removal of anything from these sites.

Archaeologists are currently studying the larger Maya sites on the Caye.

SAFETY TIPS

1. Substance abuse and water activities do not mix.
2. Never swim offshore without carrying a float of some type (preferably one with a diver's flag).
3. Never swim to the reef without a boat (with anchor) to provide refuge in case of exhaustion (very common), accidents or a change of wind and currents.
4. Beware of high speed boats while swimming.
Fire Coral and coral scratches are painful and slow to heal, but are not life threatening. It is recommended that divers and snorkelers wear gloves.
6. In the shallow forereet, one should be careful of the surge.
7. Use tne buddy system and do not venture too far from the boat.
3. On ali day trips take a lot of fresh water to avoid dehydration.
9. When going into the bush ask your guide to point out the Che Chem (poisonwood). Always wear shoes, long pants and insect repellant.
10 It is not always wise to stand, sit or nap under a coconut tree as tne falling nuts may cause serious bodily damage.


FLIGHT FROM BELIZE CITY TO AMBERGRIS CAYE BY AIR & RETURN FLIGHT FROM AMBERGRIS CAYE TO BELIZE CITY.

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This information courtesy of R. L. Wood, S. T. Reid, and A. M. Reid, and their book
"The Field Guide to Ambergris Caye"

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