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The day the sky cried for me as I said, “see you again soon, Belize.”
I woke up today knowing that, while I might be flying home today, I would be returning to Belize again soon. It’s always sad to pack up the car and drive to the airport. The sky was dark and it looked like rain was on it’s way.
On my way out the door, I saw that a lot of flowers had popped out in the dense jungle beside our hotel room. Super pretty!
I love all the shades of green, with the purple flowers 🙂
We were out the door on our way to the airport by 8am – it’s about a 3 hour drive up to the Belize City airport. There’s a shorter road if you go up the coast, but you’re not allowed to drive most (if not all) rental cars on it. I’ve never driven on it, but my understanding is it’s highly likely (especially in rain season) to get your car stuck. It’s not a busy road, so you’re likely to be stuck for awhile before someone can help you out.
The best way to get to Belize City from Placencia, is to drive up to Belmopan and then on to Belize City. While it might be a bit longer, at least you know for sure you can make it 😉
It rained the entire drive. It poured rain, and was super windy. We got to the airport and returned the rental car. The rain had slowed a little bit as we ran across the road from the rental car parking lot to the airport.
If you’re like me and use your airline mobile apps to scan you flight boarding pass, you’ll be disappointed to know that Belize airport is not setup to accept scanning mobile passes. So, plan for a few minutes in line checking in at the front desk to get your ticket printed. Not a huge deal because the airport is rarely filled with more than 2 airplanes worth of people. Just more of a heads-up.
I got my pass printed, and received an Exit form to fill out. It’s a basic customs exit form that you fill out before going through security. The security line had only two people in front of me. It was about 45 minutes till our flight boarded, so this was perfect.
At the first security stand, I handed the attendant my exit form. She accepted it, and took a quick look at my passport. At the second stand just a few steps further, the attendant took a look at my passport and gave me the exit stamp and I was set to go!
There is not a whole lot to do when waiting in the Belize airport. There’s one bar, so if you want to grab a bottle of Belikin, you’re in luck! There are multiple gift shops to shop around in also, so you can pass your time shopping. One thing to note, if you have a layover make sure that you don’t buy liquids that are larger than your layovers liquid standards. I one time bought a full size bottle of Marie Sharps hot sauce, completely forgetting that I had a layover in Houston. When going through TSA I had to discard it since it was more than the 3.4oz limit 🙁 You can, however, buy the smaller sizes or if you don’t have a layover then stock up!
We boarded our plane and I took my window seat. Window seats are my favorite – I love being able to see what’s going on outside… and take those last few sights of Belize. Turns out, the rain had no plans on stopping. We were stuck on the tarmac for an extra 30 minutes waiting for the storm to calm down a bit.
I decided Belize was crying so that I didn’t have to. I miss you too, Belize.
We were soon on our way to Houston.
In Houston, we got through customs pretty within a couple minutes. My parents and I have global entry, which most often really cuts down on line times. If you are a U.S. passport holder and travel internationally, I highly recommend grabbing this!
Quick Tip: If you apply for Nexus (which is half the cost of global entry!) it includes both Global Entry and TSA Precheck. No idea why it’s setup to be cheaper for all three, but it works and it’s great!
After a couple hours layover in Houston, we were on our final flight home. By 10:30PM we were at the Seattle Airport.
I had an absolutely blast sharing Belize with part of my family, and can not wait to go back. I’ll be back for New Years, so let me know if there’s a place in Belize that you’re interested in and I’ll see if I can check it out for you!
I really hope you enjoyed this series, and found it helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or want further information on my visit, or Belize in general.
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