Belize is a small country which packs a lot of things to do. Getting to most of the destinations is easy especially if you choose a rental car. Driving in Belize is the best way to explore the country and have the freedom of making your own schedule. Instead of waiting for buses, you can drive to the destination and spend more time in a hammock, enjoying the scenery.
Prices and Cars
In general, the minimum age for the driver renting a car is 25 years old. Some rental companies charge double deposit for the drivers of ages 21 to 24. Depending on the agency, cross-border traffic is permitted or not.
It is impossible to rent a car online unless you have a debit or credit car. In most cases, you’ll have to pay an additional fee for the collision insurance.
Most rental car agencies are in Belize City. You can either pick the car up directly at the airport or at the offices in the city.
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As a general rule, the rates depend on the season so you’ll pay more if you plan to rent a car during the high season. Smaller cars can be rented for rates starting at US$64.46 per day (or US$59.95 per day internet special rate). If you rent the car for at least 7 days, the weekly rate saves some money. SUVs can be rented for prices starting at US$84.95 per day (or US$79 per day internet special rate).
The following car rental agencies can be found in Belize:
Driving in Belize
Although Belize is a small country, road conditions vary from region to region. The local drivers are quite “brave” but that doesn’t mean you have to be afraid to drive in Belize. While highways are in good conditions, smaller roads are partially paved, not paved or neglected. If you plan to explore such areas, consider renting an SUV. However, most attractions are found close to the highways, so you don’t need to worry about driving on terrible roads. Avoid driving at night.
Driving is on the right side of the road, just like in the United States. You need an international driving license to be able to drive in Belize.
Speed limits are: 55 mph on major highways and 25 mph on smaller roads. Locals tend to ignore these limits.
Front passengers are required to wear a belt. But passengers in the back are not. Children seats are not required.