With a current population of only 388,041, Belize is truly a melting pot of cultures made up of various ethnic groups like the Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese. With migrants representing more than eight diverse cultures and hailing from countries like Canada, the United States, Europe, Turkey, India, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico among others, the people of Belize are the country’s greatest natural resource.
Belize has a steady currency exchange at $1 USD to $2 BZD. Just about everywhere readily accepts US dollars with almost all of them offering a $2 to $1 exchange. Most places also accept traveler’s checks so long as you include your passport number or driver’s license number on the back. However, large bills (anything above a $20) are a little more difficult to cash with counterfeit dollars on the rise. Rest assured if you prefer not to carry too much cash, there’s also ATMs available across the country that accept most major international credit cards.
Traversing the country is easy. Most travelers prefer to hop from one place to another on one of the local airlines or renting a car for a reasonable rate to take advantage of the sights, flavors and sounds of the country. For those wishing to spend time in the Islands, water taxis are on hand on the hour to take you to your destination of choice. Helicopter rentals and personal tours are also an option for the private traveler.