Belize - budget reflection

I know it took me ages to write this post, but believe me, we were very busy in the US. You might think we had so much free time because we travel long term, but the truth is there is always so many things to do, so many projects to finish or start.

We were looking forward to visiting Belize, especially experiencing the marine life. We planned to go snorkeling at least twice which resulted in us amending our travel budget. As we were pressed with time, we only wanted to do maritime adventures and skip the cultural ones. At the end of the day we should leave something to come back to, right? This leaves some experiences for our trip back when we are older and our wallets are a bit fatter.

Most of our time was spent in Placencia, a little quiet place in southern Belize. You might not agree with our description ‘quiet’, as it is very well equipped for tourism. We were there in low season when there were barely any tourists, but there were a few retired expats on a walking path. The downside of the low season is, well, the beach. It was covered with smelly algae, whose smell protruded to our accommodation by the mid day. But it did not bother us that much as we did like to see the village life when there is no tourism driving it. However there was a beach that was good enough to swim without wading through algae and where we managed to see few dolphins swim past us.

The second part of Belize we spent on Caye Caulker, the traveller’s mecca. Our accommodation was pretty basic, but we did have a tiny porch on the second floor. We enjoyed the walks and a swim, but even here the beaches were getting some of the algae. I guess it was that time of the year. But nevertheless we enjoyed our time in both places, even while being sick. I got a cold and some digestive problems, which did make my experience of snorkeling a bit stressful.
At the end we managed to go on only one snorkeling trip, as in Placencia weather was not on our side, which resulted in us only taking a trip at Caye Caulker. It was amazing to see the giant manatee staring at me floating in the water.

Our time in Belize was only 15 days long and we did save some money by staying put in Placencia for a while. Lydia, the owner, gave us a discount for keep extending our stay. This accommodation had everything we needed; a nice small room, a porch, clean bathroom and a tiny kitchen with a blender. This helped us save money by buying fruits on the small market stall to make smoothies, and making simple salads with veggies. It was too hot to eat hot food.
Our estimated budget for Belize was 13.00 GBP per person per day for the low budget. After reevaluating the style of our accommodation and noting that at Caye Caulker we ate out every meal, we would say we were instead travelling on a mixed budget. Our style was bumped up, so we do not feel bad to be over our estimate. We also bought a one time use waterproof camera to get a glimpse of water adventures (did not turn out that great).


Sum per person including visa

Estimated total cost: 195.00 GBP

Actual cost:  320.33 GBP

Off budget: + 125.33 GBP

COST PER DAY (per person)

Estimated per day: 13.00 GBP (no visa needed) BUDGET

Actual cost: 21.36 GBP (no visa needed) MIXED BUDGET

The route (googlemymaps)

The route (googlemymaps)