Planning a trip to Belize? Here are some quick tips on Belize currency that I’ve found to be helpful.
- Visiting from the United States? You can pay with US money just about everywhere in the country. The ratio is super easy: $2.00 bz is $1.00 usd. While the exact ratio is a bit more, it varies by so little each day that everyone just uses the easy 2:1 conversion.
- What’s the currency conversion rate for my home country’s money? Unless you’re from the US (see above tip), then I recommend downloading a currency conversion app on your phone, or checking out www.exchange-rates.org for up-to-the-minute rates.
- Will I need cash, or can I just bring my credit/debt card? While some places do take credit/debit cards, many will require cash. I highly recommend always carrying cash with you. If you already have cash in USD, then don’t worry about pulling out BZ, as you will find that most everywhere accepts USD.
- Should I get cash out in my home country, or wait till Belize? I usually wait till Belize, and either use an ATM at the airport to get Belize currency, or at any of the locations I’m visiting. If you’re renting a car, make sure you have a couple dollars on hand! There’s a $4bz fee when exiting the rental car parking lot.
Remember: If you are traveling with a credit or debt card, make sure to tell your bank before you leave! This will save you the hassle of having to find a phone to call you bank should it get locked. Many banks will lock your card as soon as they see suspicious behavior. Traveling outside of your home country is likely to trigger that.
I hope these Belize currency tips have been helpful! Let me know if you have any further questions, and comment below.