Belize Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT LARU BEYA RESORT
Why choose Laru Beya resort?
Staying at Laru Beya Resort gives you the best of both worlds – a private and intimate beach resort with comfortable accommodations and authentic Belizean service combined with a prime location to experience all that Belize has to offer. Our all inclusive packages also allows for a stress free vacation whether you are interested in romance, adventure tours, or simply relaxing on the beach with a cold drink in your hand. Our onsite restaurant overlooks the infinity pool and Caribbean Sea and serves up a delicious variety of Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Join us for the vacation of a lifetime. We cannot wait to meet you!
Is Laru Beya resort kids friendly?
Yes, we do cater to everyone and special discounts may apply to younger children.
Do you recommend getting travel insurance for your Belize Vacation?
It is recommended that guests purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy at the time of your booking to protect you against illness, injury, loss of personal items and baggage, cancellation, and other travel contingencies. At this time, we do not offer travel insurance through Laru Beya Resort.
Does Laru Beya provide package upgrades for room only guests?
Of course! While Laru Beya is an all inclusive resort, we gladly welcome room only bookings and assist all travelers in planning the perfect vacation. However, if you wish to upgrade your vacation with an all inclusive package, we have supplemental package upgrades at a discounted cost. Contact us today to upgrade!
Is Laru Beya an all inclusive resort?
Laru Beya is a full service all inclusive resort offering several unique packages. These packages are created to make your vacation as stress-free as possible.
What should I pack?
Belize is an informal country with a very casual lifestyle. Laru Beya Resort is no different!
Below is a list of items to consider bringing:
- A flexible, positive attitude that’s ready to learn and experience new things
- Passport valid for 6 months beyond your anticipated date of return
- Visa (if necessary)
- Prescription Medication
- Insurance cards
- Credit cards
- Sunscreen — high SPF
- Insect repellent with high DEET concentration
- Long comfortable pants
- Long sleeve shirt
- Fleece or sweater
- Bathing suit
- Sandals / comfortable flats
- Sturdy shoes like hiking boots
- Water shoes (not necessary, but nice)
- Hat / cap
- Snorkel or dive gear
- Dive Card – you need this to dive unless you do a course!
- Wind breaker or rain slick
- Maps & guide books
- Extra batteries
Bring school supplies to be distributed to the school children of Placencia and the nearby villages. It would mean more than you can imagine!
How do I get to Placencia?
You can get to Placencia by road which will approximately 3 hours. The most preferred option is through a local flight which will take 35-minutes from the Belize International Airport. Read our Getting Here section for more information.
Is Placencia safe?
Placencia is a safe village; however, like everywhere else, you should exercise caution. We advise you to not wear flashy jewelry and carry large amounts of cash.
We encourage travelers to explore the village by bicycle, golf carts, or even on foot to experience the unique food, music, and culture of our country. Kindly ask Front Desk for directions and let them know when you are heading out.
Are there any festivals in Placencia?
Nobody likes to have a good time more than the natives of Belize, who celebrate several festivals annually with plenty of live entertainment including dancing and drumming.
A standout festival hosted annually in Placencia is the Lobster Festival. Created to mark the official opening of the lobster season, the Lobster Festival is a 3-day celebration usually occurring in June and July. This celebration is filled with open market booths selling a variety of fresh lobster delicacies and crafts. Live entertainment and friendly competitions ensue throughout the night.
Other popular festivals include St. George’s Caye Day, Carnival, Independence Day, the Battle of the Drums, the La Ruta Maya River Challenge, Garifuna Settlement Day, and the ever-popular Toledo Cacao Festival where visitors can sample hundreds of different types of chocolate
What makes Placencia a unique destination?
Nestled at the tip of a sixteen mile peninsula, Placencia is surrounded by water with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Placencia Lagoon on the other. A little gem of tropical paradise, visitors are treated to pristine white beaches along the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea, unique culture in the vibrant and colorful village, and easy access to the many of Belize’s natural wonders.
Placencia is an ideal staging ground for trips to the Belize Barrier Reef located just a few miles offshore. The coral reef is a first-class destination for fishing, snorkeling, and diving. Major attractions include excursions to the Belize Blue Hole, an almost perfectly circular depression of water encircled by a thriving reef. Measuring more than 90 metres deep, experienced divers will relish in this chance to explore the silent beauty of underwater caves. Other standout marine activities include diving trips to see the annual migration of whale sharks, the gentle giants of the deep that rise to the surface to feed on fish spawn during certain times of the year in Belize.
For those yearning to explore mainland Belize, Placencia is located in close proximity to many nature and adventure tours. Travelers can explore mysterious Mayan ruins, hike through pristine rainforest parks, see crocodiles, parrots, monkeys and jaguars in a protected nature reserve, or partake in adrenaline pumping adventures like cave tubing and zip lining through the jungle canopy.
How do I get to Belize?
All International flights to Belize land at the only International Airport in Belize, the Phillip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). You will need to book your international flight to Belize City directly through the airline or through an agent of your choice. For information on airlines flying into Belize or additional information about entry requirements, please see our Getting Here page.
What is the entry requirement for Belize?
Visitors traveling to Belize require a valid passport and in some instances, an entry visa. U.S., British, and Canadian citizens do not require entry visas. Visas are required by citizens of: China, Cuba, Columbia, South Africa, Taiwan, India, and Libya. To be on the safe side, it’s best to check with your travel advisor. Your passport should be valid for six months past your date of departure from Belize. Travelers are permitted to stay in Belize for 30 days. Extensions for longer stays can be processed through the Immigration Office in Belize City for a fee of BZ$25.00.
Is there a departure tax for visitors leaving Belize?
Please be aware that all visitors to the country of Belize are subject to a departure tax to be paid at the airport upon departing. The fee is USD$35.50 per person (subject to change and can be paid in US currency only or VISA/MasterCard). Some airlines do include the tax in your ticket price, but we suggest you check with your airline for further details and information.
What currency does Belize accept?
The exchange rate can be confusing in many areas of the world, but this is not the case in Belize. There is a locked currency exchange rate of $2 Belize dollars for every $1 U.S. dollar. U.S. currency is accepted in most locations, so there generally is not a need to exchange physical currency. Keep in mind that tours and hotel accommodations are listed in U.S. currency rates while local shops and restaurants are usually listed in Belize currency rates. Traveler’s checks are accepted, and there are numerous ATM machines located across the country for you to access cash from. Like Laru Beya Resort, most companies in Belize will not be held responsible for any currency rate of exchange variances applied by banks or for any international processing fees that may be charged by your credit card company.
What is the best time to visit Belize?
In Belize, we believe that any time of the year is a perfect time to visit our tropical paradise, but we understand that many visitors have only a limited number of vacation days to enjoy their time here. As a tropical country, Belize doesn’t experience winter like other countries do. Instead, there is a dry season and a wet season. From December to April is the dry season, which coincides with the “high season”, when many tourists from America and Canada come to Belize to escape the cold and snow. During this period, the weather is a bit cooler, with a steady and refreshing breeze on most days. Starting in the middle of May, and ranging until about the end of November, the “low season” is when fewer visitors come to the country, resulting in lower rates on hotels and attractions. Although this is the “rainy season”, the rain is intermixed with plenty of sun, and most rain showers usually last just a couple of hours at the most and temperatures remain warm and summery.
What is the official language of Belize?
English is the official language of Belize, although a number of dialects are spoken among the country’s 350,000 citizens, including the main dialect spoken countrywide, Kriol . This is the result of Belize’s rich and multicultural heritage. However, you won’t have any problems conversing with locals and getting around as mostly everyone speaks English.
What type of electrical circuit does Belize use?
Belize uses 110-volt alternating electric current, the same standard as the US. If you are coming from the US, converters are not necessary.