Facts About Belize
Questions & Answers
Belize (including it’s outlying islands) is a safe country. However, tourists should exercise caution, just as one would when traveling to any other destination. For example, we recommend that you not carry large amounts of cash, avoid wearing flashy jewelry or walking alone at night. Basically, exercise common sense and sound judgment.
Belize operates on Central Standard Time (CST), i.e., Chicago. However, Belize does not observe daylight savings; meaning there is no time change in the summer months. During those months Belize operates on Mountain Standard Time (MST), i.e., Denver.
We understand that water safety is a concern for international travelers. Grand Caribe has it’s own, purified water source and while many find it perfectly safe to drink from the tap or refrigerator dispensers (w/charcoal filters) within the condos, we encourage our guests…especially those with a more sensitive system, to drink only bottled water. Tap water in all Belize locations is not necessarily safe to drink and we recommend you NOT do so. Most restaurants provide bottled water.
There are generally two seasons in Belize; Winter Season…which is mild and relatively dry and Summer Season…which is warmer and occasionally humid. The official rainy season is June through November. Due to the proximity to the Sea and prevailing trade winds, temperatures on Ambergris Caye are much milder than those on mainland Belize…in the low to mid 80’s during the day and high 70’s during the evenings. Perfect!
Belize is a tropical location, so yes. Fortunately, the prevailing breezes on Ambergris Caye help to keep them at bay! Sand flies, or noseeums, are tiny creatures that bite like mosquitoes. When there is little or no breeze, they can come out at dusk. We recommend that you travel with DEET based insect repellant and you might consider bringing hydrocortisone cream and/or Benadryl to soothe an itch.
All foreign nationals need a passport to enter Belize. While citizens of the United States, Canada and most western European countries do not require a visa, citizens of some countries do. Please refer to your home country’s governmental travel requirements and secure any necessary documents well in advance of your travel date.
While it’s recommended that you have a current tetanus/diphtheria vaccination, tourists do not need any special vaccinations before coming to Belize, nor is it necessary to take any malaria preventatives. We strongly encourage you to bring an adequate supply of any medications that you require. As always, please consult with your physician and refer to your home country’s governmental travel requirements.
International guests arriving to Belize will fly into the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) located on mainland Belize.
Rental cars are not available on the island of Ambergris Caye.
Once on Ambergris Caye, there are two primary modes of transportation.
Option 1 – Golf Cart: This is the most popular means of transportation for our guests and can be a great way to explore the island.
For your convenience, Grand Caribe can arrange a golf cart rental. A valid drivers license is required and must be carried with you at all times while driving. To arrange golf cart rental, please contact [email protected].
Option 2 – Water Taxi: Local water taxi service runs hourly north/south, serving only Ambergris Caye. For your convenience, the water taxi stops directly in front of Grand Caribe at our pier. If you inform our front desk staff, they will be more than happy to assist you with booking your transfers. The cost is currently US$5 per person, per direction.
Grand Caribe Resort is located on Ambergris Caye, the largest island, and primary tourist destination for travelers to Belize. San Pedro Town is the only town on the island and our resort is conveniently situated only 2 miles north of town. Easily accessible via paved road, Grand Caribe is only 10 minutes from the San Pedro Airstrip by taxi or 15 minutes via golf cart.
While Grand Caribe does not offer complimentary transfer to and from the resort we are pleased to make transfer arrangements for you. Please provide us with your arrival and departure times and we will make all necessary arrangements.
Check in time is 2:00 PM. Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Grand Caribe has one of the nicest beaches on Ambergris Caye, offering 800 feet of beachfront with a pristine, white sand area that is manicured daily!
Grand Caribe offers an on-site, secure fitness center with state of the art equipment that includes treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bike, universal weight lifting machine, free weights… and more.
Yes, We have two restaurants and a swim up pool bar. Please visit our amenities page for details.
There are several restaurants within walking distance of Grand Caribe and many additional options are available in San Pedro Town. Our Concierge Services staff will be pleased to assist you with recommendations and reservations.
Yes, you can save time on your vacation by having our onsite grocery and convenience store – The Beach Basket provision your condo with everything you need. Visit their online store to make your order.
Each condo at Grand Caribe is fully air-conditioned with controls that can be adjusted to your comfort level. Additionally, there are ceiling fans in all bedrooms as well as in the common living areas.
Yes, Grand Caribe offers complimentary wireless Internet access inside each condo as well as at Wi-Fi hot spots located close to the reception and pool areas. For your convenience, we have a complimentary business desk located in the lobby that is available during front desk operating hours.
For added peace of mind, each condo at Grand Caribe is equipped with an electronic safe for your personal use.
At Grand Caribe, a hairdryer is provided in each guest’s bedroom, located in the bathroom.
Belize and Ambergris Caye feature a wealth of fun and interesting places to see and things to do. At Grand Caribe, we are committed to booking our guests with the best-qualified and licensed guides in the country. We are happy to answer questions and pleased to assist you in booking any tour, excursion or spa treatment in advance of your stay. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on pre-booking tours and activities.
Grand Caribe has several kayaks that are available for rent.
The Belize dollar exchange rate is approximately US $1 = BZ $2. Most establishments can change money in small amounts. Banks also change money. US dollars are widely accepted in smaller denominations; however, US coins are not.
Yes, we accept all major credit cards. At Grand Caribe, you may settle your account with VISA, Mastercard or Discover and U.S. Dollars are also accepted.
Grand Caribe is a family friendly resort offering a range of condos that can accommodate families of any size. We have five pools, including a large shallow area for toddlers, bridge and fountains for older kids, deep pools for teens, and hot tubs for the “kids” who should be adults! Our restaurants offer children’s menus and we have a wide range of fun and educational tours and activities for all age groups. Plus, children 12 and under stay for free!
Our condos are private residences and do not have inter-connecting doors. However, our Grand Caribe reservations team works hard to ensure that, when available, families are nearby one another when reserving multiple condos.
Yes, at Grand Caribe we offer full service wedding planning. We have everything you need to plan your dream wedding, whether you prefer an intimate beach ceremony for two, or a large glamorous wedding with friends and family. Our team of outgoing and experienced staff will work with you from afar, and send you home with unforgettable memories of your destination wedding in Belize.
You wouldn’t be the first to ask this question! Many of our past guests have turned dreams of owning in a tropical paradise… into reality!
All condos within this exclusive island community are located directly on the Caribbean. While privately owned, on occasion, some do become available for sale.
Artfully designed, many of these fine residences will sell fully-furnished, appointed with every amenity for your convenience. No need to pack, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the sensation of being far, far away from hustle and pressures of daily life.
For more information on sales at Grand Caribe, please contact [email protected].