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Driving in Belize City

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Belize City.
|-Driving in Belize City

1. Understanding the Driving Conditions

Driving in Belize City can be a unique experience. The roads are often narrow and can be congested during peak hours. The city is not very large, so it’s possible to get around easily, but be prepared for occasional potholes and speed bumps. Also, be aware that traffic laws are not always strictly enforced, so you may encounter drivers who do not adhere to standard driving etiquette.

2. Choosing the Right Vehicle

Given the road conditions, a vehicle with good suspension and higher ground clearance, like an SUV or a pickup truck, is recommended. These types of vehicles are better equipped to handle the occasional potholes and rough road conditions you may encounter.

3. Parking in Belize City

Finding parking in Belize City can be challenging, especially in the downtown area during business hours. However, parking is generally not expensive. There are some paid parking lots available, but most parking is on the street. Always be sure to park in a well-lit area and avoid leaving valuables in your car.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Belize with an international driver’s license for up to three months. After that, you will need to obtain a Belizean driver’s license. It’s also worth noting that driving is on the right-hand side of the road in Belize.

5. Obtaining a Belizean Driver’s License

To get a Belizean driver’s license, you will need to go to the local Department of Transport office. You will need to bring your passport, proof of address, and your current driver’s license. You will also need to pass a written test and a driving test. It’s recommended to study the local driving laws and regulations before taking the tests.

6. Be Aware of Pedestrians and Cyclists

Belize City has a lot of pedestrians and cyclists, so always be vigilant and give them the right of way. Also, be aware that not all cyclists use lights at night, so extra caution is needed when driving after dark.

7. Be Prepared for Unexpected Weather

Belize can experience heavy rainfall, especially during the rainy season from June to November. This can lead to flooded roads and reduced visibility. Always check the weather forecast before setting out and avoid driving in severe weather conditions if possible.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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