Are you an LGBTQ traveler coming to Belize? Here’s what you need to know.
1 – Dangers
Belize sometimes gets a bad rap, but the truth is that the country is incredibly safe for travelers. Unfortunately, some visitors do have an unpleasant experience, but this is usually due to an excessive intake of alcohol.
Everyone comes to Belize to have a good time, but please don’t overdo it. Not only does becoming intoxicated make it easy for you to get lost or hurt yourself, but it can also severely dehydrate your body in Belize’s hot climate.
Please drink responsibly!
2 – Plan Your Itinerary
There’s so much to see and do in Belize that you’ll never have enough time for it all. Before packing your bags, spend some time on the internet to discover what it is you want to see.
Do you want to go snorkeling on the reef? Hike through a rainforest? Explore an ancient Maya city or sacred cave? Do your research first and create an itinerary so that you don’t miss anything during your vacation!
3 – Tolerance
Belizeans are very open-minded, friendly, and tolerant people, but homosexuality was outlawed until recently. There are no reports of any serious incidents involving LGBTQ travelers, but it’s best to play it cool when you first meet a local.
4 – Nudity and PDA
Belize is still a largely conservative country. There are no nude beaches, and women going topless is a big no-no. And while Belize is slowly becoming more worldly and open-minded, public displays of affection (PDA) are still largely frowned upon, especially between people with the same outward gender identity.
5 – Visas and Paperwork
The good news is that you won’t need a visa in order to visit Belize if you have a passport from the United States, Canada, the EU, or a dozen other countries. If you feel like staying longer than 30 days, simply head to the nearest Immigration Department and pay a small fee to get your visa extended.
6 – What to Bring
You won’t need warm clothing except for a light jacket or hoody. Do be sure, however, to pack a camera, lightweight but long-sleeve clothes (and pants) for trips in the jungle, bug repellant, and sun protection (hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen).
If you’re interested in having a wonderful time in Belize, be sure to contact Belize Gay Travel. They have an extensive network of truly LGBTQ-friendly hotels, resorts, lodges, and tour operators so that you can enjoy a wonderful, safe, and hassle-free vacation in Belize.