Frequently Asked Questions
Time zone is the same as US Central Standard Time. Belize does not observe daylight savings time.
GEOGRAPHY & LOCATION
Belize comprises an area of 8,867 square miles. More than 65 percent of the country is forested. There are over 150 offshore islands and Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world.
POPULATION & LANGUAGE
Total population is 321,115. English is the official language, but Spanish is spoken by almost half the population. Garifuna (Carib), Maya and Creole are also spoken as well as a German dialect (by the Mennonites).
CURRENCY & ECONOMY
The official currency for Belize is the Belize Dollar. The exchange rate is approximately BZ$2 to US$1 and currency can be exchanged at banks and hotels. Most businesses accept US Dollars and Credit Cards (American Express, Discovery, Master and Visa Cards). The tourism industry is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and most recently oil.
US Travelers: Passports are required for all travelers, including children. Passports must be valid for the intended length of stay. Visas are not required.
If traveling from another country, please refer to your government for specific entry and exit requirements.
In order to have mobile cellular service in Belize, an unlocked GSM (Global System Mobile Communication) 1900 MHz cellular phone is required.
Do I need shots?
None are required, but you might consider a gamma globulin shot for hepatitis A and B as they are a good idea anytime you travel as are boosters for tetanus. As for malaria pills, they can cause unpleasant side effects so many people choose to do without. We don’t take them ourselves.
How do I get here?
We can arrange road, air or boat transportation for you to or from anywhere in Belize. Local airlines: Tropic Air provides transportation to and from San Ignacio Airstrip (Maya Flats), just 3 miles from Sweet Songs and between all destinations within Belize, as well as Guatemala City, Flores, Guatemala and Cancun, Mexico. Sweet Songs includes transfer from the Belize International Airport in your package.
The climate is subtropical, with a cooling breeze from the Caribbean Sea. Belize has an annual average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer high temperatures seldom exceed 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter lows are rarely below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is between June and August and the dry season is from February through May.
Is there Air Conditioning?
Sweet Songs does not currently have AC. We do plan to add it in the future, so please check back! At certain times of year Belize can be quite hot and humid. Normally this is not an inconvenience for our guests simply because the overhead jungle canopy and cooling tropical rains keep our rooms quite comfortable, throughout most of the year, with just an overhead ceiling fan. You'll be lulled to sleep by a cacophony of tropical sounds or waking up to the calls of Chachalacas and the screeching sounds of Yellow-headed Parrots, underpinned by the cooing of White-tipped Doves, which are all a part of an authentic jungle lodge experience. If you would like an additional fan we would be happy to provide you with an upright fan, which will be put to good use during the dry-season, which normally runs from early April through May. Remember you can always cool off with a refreshing dip in the Macal River or enjoy a cold drink at the Treehouse Bar!
Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 12 noon.
While the tap water is technically safe to drink, we do not recommend that you do so. We provide water fillers in all of rooms.
Wireless internet service is available in all rooms at The Placencia Resort.
Voltage is 110 and outlets are the same as in the USA.
What to Bring?
Casual summer clothing is appropriate, but make sure that you bring along a hat to protect your head and include a sweater or jacket for cool weather at higher elevations or boat trips, light rain gear, close-toed shoes for hiking and exploring caves and long pants for horseback riding.
Eye Wear & Care:
Bright, sunny days require sunglasses, Polarized is best.
Tennis shoes, comfortable walking shoes, sandals. Bring hiking boots with good tread or tennis shoes and socks for jungle excursions and water shoes for wading in the rivers and the sea.
Sunscreen Lotions & Repellents:
It’s necessary to protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Pack plenty of eco-friendly sunscreen, as bugs do live in the jungle, as well as in beach areas.
Just In Case:
Binoculars are invaluable to increase your enjoyment. Take a small flashlight or head lamp with rechargeable batteries, along with water bottle and a wet/dry bag to protect valuables while caving, canoeing, hiking and adventuring.
Photocopy important documents such as passport, driver's license, credit cards, prescription medication forms and, airline ticket. Bring an extra supply of prescription medications.