Belize Frequently Asked Questions
We have tried to include the most common questions we get below.
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, arrival and departure procedures are changing, consequently the info provided on this page is not the most up to date info. Please refer to our COVID-19 page for more current details.
If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
What are the check-in and check-out times for Laru Beya Resort?
Our check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 11 am.
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 unique packages and add-ons. These packages are created to make your vacation as stress-free as possible.
Do you have handicapped-accessible accommodations?
While we do not have handicapped-accessible accommodations and a specific floor cannot always be guaranteed, we can give preference to those with any mobility issues. When you book your stay, kindly let our Reservation Team know so that we can accommodate your request accordingly.
Does the beach at your resort have seaweed?
Seaweed can be an issue along our beaches during certain times of the year. There is no way to predict when it will wash ashore in larger quantities or how long it will last as it has to do with the tides.
Though seaweed may not seem ideal, it is perfect for our ecosystem since it serves as a home to an amazing variety of marine species, including our endangered sea turtles. As eco-friendly destination, we are committed to preserving and protecting our country’s natural beauty by keeping it as pristine as possible. We would like to make note that we do maintain our beach daily by raking excess deposits on the shore and moving it away from the beach.
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!
Do you have a sample menu available online?
We absolutely do, please see our Restaurant & Bar page for the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menus.
Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Yes! We are able to accommodate any dietary restriction whether vegan, vegetarian or gluten free.
Do you have Gluten free alcohol?
The local liquors that we typically stock are naturally gluten-free in that all distilled liquors are gluten-free even if made from wheat, barley, or rye, and we stock liquors made from ingredients that do not naturally have gluten in them, such as potatoes for vodka and grapes for wine and sparkling wine. Exceptions to this would include cases of liquor cross-contamination in facilities that process products containing wheat, barley, or rye or when the liquor is flavored. In Belize, most liquor manufacturers do not label liquors “gluten-free.” If you are gluten-free for lifestyle reasons, our local liquors are generally fine to drink. If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, and are gluten-free due to health reasons, we cannot guarantee that you will have no adverse reactions to the local liquors we stock. We do not stock gluten-free beer.
Is golf cart rental available at your resort?
Yes, we do provide golf cart rentals for guests and we rent them as follows:
Please contact us for rates.
Does your resort have internet access?
Wireless Internet Service is available at Laru Beya Resort which is offered free of charge to our guests.
Our Wi-Fi Signal is the strongest at our Lobby, by the infinity pool and the Quarterdeck Restaurant.
Our Wi-Fi connectivity is dependent on the service we receive from our National Telecommunication Provider since we rely heavily on them.
Please keep in mind that Belize is a developing country which means that our telecommunication technologies are far from optimal. Therefore, we ask that you download music, books, movies, etc. prior to coming to stay with us so you can enjoy listening, reading, and watching without interruption. You may also want to alert you family and friends that internet may not be available 24/7 so they will not be worried if you don’t reply to their texts or emails immediately.
Are hair dryers provided in the rooms?
Yes, we have a hairdryer in the bathroom of your room.
Is there drinking water available for guests?
Yes, each suite has a 5 gallon container of bottled water and our standard rooms are furnished with 1 bottle (500ML) per person daily. If guests would like more water, bottles can be purchased at our Quarterdeck restaurant.
How many rooms do you have on the property?
Our property is comprised of a total of 30 bedrooms which means we can easily accommodate up to 75 guests.
See a complete list of our room options:
6 – Ocean View Rooms: Sleep max 2
6 – One Bedroom Oceanfront Suites: Sleeps a max of 3
6 – Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites: Sleeps a max of 5
2 – Three Bedroom Oceanfront Suites: Sleeps a max of 8
Can we do our laundry at the Resort?
We do have a laundry service available to all guests. The laundry bag with price list is located in your closet.
How far are you from the village?
We are located 4 miles north of Placencia Village. This is only 10 minutes by shuttle and 20 minutes by golf cart.
What is your tipping policy?
Our rates already include an 10% service charge which is distributed equally among all our staff as we believe everyone plays an important role in your stay with us. Should you wish to leave an additional gratuity for exceptional service, this is completely left to your discretion. There is nothing too small or big and anything is appreciated. Because we are all inclusive property, we advise against tipping individually on a daily basis so that you do not have to worry about carrying cash/credit cards with you while you are enjoying your vacation. Instead, we strongly suggest that you finalize your tips at the front desk upon checkout where you are able to write your specific instructions regarding your tip amount and how you would like it to be distributed along with your signature. Utilizing the front desk as the contact point is essential to ensuring that tips will be sent to our accounting department, which manages proper and transparent distribution through the staff’s bank accounts.
Are pina coladas and wine included in the packages that include local alcoholic drinks?
Pina coladas are included as a part of the Unlimited Local Bar amenity. Wines are not included but we do carry a limited selection available for purchase.
Can I split my vacation between Laru Beya & Coco Plum Island Resort?
Can I simply switch my vacation from Laru Beya Resort to Coco Plum Island Resort?
Unfortunately, you are not able to do this as we are two separate resorts and therefore we would require you to cancel with us in writing directly (adhering to our cancellation policy) and thereafter book with Coco Plum Island Resort in accordance with their booking policy.
When I book the Inland + Private Island Package with Coco Plum, what is the dining experience like at each resort?
Both Laru Beya Resort and Coco Plum Island Resort are home to two equally excellent, yet slightly different, oceanview restaurant and bars, the Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar and the Coco Palms Restaurant & Bar, respectively. The Quarterdeck Restaurant at Laru Beya Resort offers an assortment of menu options to choose from for breakfast, lunch, and dinner focusing on Caribbean, Mexican, and Italian cuisine. The Quarterdeck Restaurant is set on a three-story, open air dining room overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Meals at the Coco Palms Restaurant on Coco Plum Island are a unique blend of fresh and in season homestyle cooked meals with a touch of gourmet Caribbean fusion. Sourcing goods on a private island enables Coco Palms to offer thoughtfully planned made-to-order menu options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With a flavorful Caribbean flare, guests enjoy the chef’s special selections for breakfast and lunch; and bask in the Caribbean moonlight while dining each night. An exquisite three course a la carte dinner with a salad/soup, entree (you will be given four options), and dessert is offered nightly. Bar snacks are also included at both resorts with the Inland & Island Package. Both restaurants cater to any dietary restrictions or food preferences, offering delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free choices.
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?
As mentioned above, due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, arrival and departure procedures are changing, consequently the info provided on this page is not the most up to date info. Please refer to our COVID-19 page for more current details.
A valid passport for no less than three months after your intended period of stay for citizens of the following countries: U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Venezuela, CARICOM member states, nationals of European Community countries. Children under 18 years of age traveling with one parent require a notarized letter of authority from the other parent indicating travel consent. 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, check with that office for the most recent fee. Kindly note, this info is subject to change, please refer to the Belize Tourism Site.
Belize requires citizens from the following countries to have an entry visa: China, Cuba, Honduras, Haiti, South Africa, Taiwan, India, Libya and more. We do not keep an exhaustive list, for more up to date info see check this website.
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 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.
Can I use my cellphone in Belize?
If you are currently subscribed to a telephone service provider, then all you need to do is to inform your provider to activate roaming service on your device. Stress to them that you will need both voice and texting service. Upon your arrival in Belize your device will then automatically connect to our local network. Be sure to check with your mobile provider for international roaming and fees you may have to pay.
If you are not subscribed to a telephone service provider, then an unlocked GSM (Global System Mobile Communication) 1900 MHz cellular phone is required. You will then need to purchase a SIM card here in Belize. Also note that although we do not have any phones in our villas, we do have wifi which enables you to access to internet.
Is it safe to drive in Belize?
Driving in Belize is safe in the more populated areas where the roads are paved. Consider renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle if you plan to explore the countryside. Driving from Belize City to Hopkins is quite safe; 90% of the roads are paved and a vast majority of the drive is on the scenic Hummingbird Highway.
Are vaccinations required in Belize?
Vaccinations or medical clearances are not required. It is recommended that you bring your own prescription drugs and anti-malaria tablets for extended jungle stays. Please note that Placencia is not prone to Malaria infections. Also, bring bug spray if you are sensitive to insect bites.
Are there any bugs in Belize/should I bring bug spray?
As in all tropical climates, mosquitoes and sand flies are prevalent. Please be sure to bring:
- Deet-based Repellant
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Benadryl Tablets
- Baby oil for additional protection against sand flies
ABOUT BELIZE WEATHER
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 climate like in Belize?
The climate of Belize is subtropical, with an average annual temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Belize’s water temperature averages between 79 and 83 degrees. The weather is similar to southern Florida with slightly warmer winters and summers. The dry season is December through May and the sea is calmest in August and September.
When is the hurricane/rainy season in Belize?
Our hurricane/rainy season is from June 1 to November 30. However, just because this is Belize’s “rainy” season does not mean it will be raining all day, everyday throughout these months.
Weather is something we can’t really predict and as such, we can’t really guarantee that there will be no rainfall during your stay with us. We like to think that the mind is a powerful tool—if you believe that you will have an unBELIZEable vacation, you most-likely will!
Belize Weather for June
This is another warm month, with June temperatures in Belize averaging 86°F (30°C) to 82°F (28°C). However, fresh easterly breezes off the Caribbean Sea and more frequent short afternoon showers moderate the temperatures and make June a generally pleasant month.
Belize Weather for July
July temperatures in Belize range from an average high of 86°F (30°C) to lows of 79°F (26°C) with an overall monthly average of 82°F (28°C). The weather is much the same as June with increasing rainfall, especially in the mornings, and the easterly breezes providing relief from the heat. Thunderstorms may begin appearing at night.
Belize Weather for August
During August temperatures in Belize begin to change as drier winds from the west replace the easterly sea breezes. August marks the “Little Dry,” as it is known in Belize with a decrease in rainfall and rise in temperature, which range from 86°F (30°C) highs to average lows of 78°F (26°C). Overall, average temperature for August is still a pleasant 82°F (28°C).
Belize Weather for September
September temperatures in Belize average around 81°F (27°C), with highs of 86°F (30°C) and lows of 77°F (25°C). There is increasing rainfall, especially in early mornings and at night, but most days are sunny with warm temperatures.
Belize Weather for October
Northerly breezes bring heavier rainfall and October temperatures in Belize cool down to a monthly average of 79°F (26°C). Daytime highs of around 84°F (29°C) and lows of 75°F (24°C) are common, as are occasional “northers,” storms often centered inland around the Maya Mountains.
Belize Weather for November
November temperatures in Belize are some of the lowest and most variable of the year, but the monthly average is still an enjoyable 76°F (24°C) with common daytime highs of 82°F (28°C) and evening lows of 73°F (23°C). While this marks the winter season for northernmost countries and states, visitors to Belize find November to be quite warm and sunny.