Why carry an IDP while driving in Belize?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Belize highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Belize
Explore ancient Mayan ruins and relax on beaches! Belize is calling you for a wonderful trip. Drive around the country so you will make the most out of your trip. Prepare yourself by reading these few tips on traffic laws. Belize is a tropical country so there is no winter. However, avoid travelling during the rainy season. Roads may be flooded during June to October, which is the usual rainy season.
Important Reminders for driving in Belize:
- Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
- For drivers and front-seat passengers, seatbelts are mandatory.
- Speed limits are 55 mph (89 km/h) on highways and 25-40 mph on most other roads.
- It is permitted to make a cautious right turn on a red traffic light.
- The legal blood alcohol level is 0.08%.
Additional information for driving in Belize:
Roads in Belize vary from two-lane paved roads to dirt or gravel tracks. There are three main highways: the Northern Highway runs from Belize City to Corozal and the Mexican border; the Western Highway runs from Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen and the Guatemalan Border; the Hummingbird Highway runs from Belmopan to Dangriga.
Distances are given in miles, speeds in miles per hour. However, some Japanese-made rental cars have distance shown in kilometers and speed in kilometers per hour.
In Belize, road signs are in English.
Speed-breaker bumps are used in residential areas; in many cases, it is no advance warning about the bumps.
Drivers should carefully pass stopped buses since kids may suddenly run around the bus to cross the road.
At night, foxes and snakes are on the roads, but only few people.
After a period of heavy rains, some roads become quagmires.
Official hurricane season in Belize is from May to November.
Driving in Belize during Winter:
Belize is a tropical country so there is no winter. However, avoid travelling during rainy season. Roads may be flooded during June to October, which is the usual rainy season.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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