Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Please let us know if you have additional questions and we’d be happy to answer them for you!
When is the best time of year to visit Belize?
The “high season” starts in mid-November and lasts until the end of May. This is when Belize has the most tourists visiting. Also, paired with the fact that this is when the coldest weather is in North America and Europe. During “high season” prices can be slightly higher for accommodations, excursions and transportation costs. However, the positive take-away is that every business, restaurant on the island is open, fully-staffed and ready to show you a great time.
There are three “slow” months. This is what we call “low season”. August through October. During this time, there is plenty to do and often special “low season” pricing to appeal to those on a budget. The weather is typically hot and potentially risky for hurricane activity. Some businesses will close for renovations, or personal vacation time during the slow season. The Belizean slow island pace becomes just a little bit slower and quieter.
How do I get from Belize International Airport to San Pedro?
There are 2 small airlines (“puddle jumpers”) that you can book to fly you out over the barrier reef, in a gorgeous 12 minute flight. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. We recommend leaving at least 60-90 minutes between your incoming flight and puddle jumper flight. If you breeze through the immigration and customs process they will get you out to the island on an earlier flight. Similarly, if there are long lines or delays not to worry. Both airlines will accommodate your reservation either early or late, with no fees.
The roundtrip fees for the flights are approx $175US. Highly recommend this option over the alternative.
There is a Water Taxi /Ferry that is a less expensive option to get out to the island. You will need to get a taxi cab to take you from the Belize International Airport to the Ferry. (aprox $25US) and 15 minute taxi ride. Ocean Ferry Belize will be a 90 minute ride to reach Ambergris Caye. You will need to coordinate the schedule, and wait accordingly for the next boat. Fee is approx $30US one-way.
How do I get to Three by the Sea once in San Pedro?
Upon your arrival in San Pedro, we will make arrangements to pick you up at the air strip and bring you to the property with your luggage. Please make sure we know your flight arrangements.
Do I need to exchange my money?
The US dollar is permanently pegged to the Belize Dollar at 2:1. That means that $2BZ is equal to $1US. You can use Belize dollars and US dollars and even in combination to purchase anything. For example, if a pineapple costs $3BZ you can pay with $1US and $1BZ for a total of $3BZ.
Should I bring Cash or Credit Cards?
MasterCard and VISA are widely accepted throughout the country (in almost all places that have doors). Discover and American Express are not generally accepted here. Roadside stands for fruits/veggies, tacos, bbq or artisan vendors are cash only and you can pay in US or BZ dollars, or in combination.
Can I drink the water?
Our property collects rainwater that flows to our cistern which is connected to use in the toilets, sinks and showers. We are off-grid for access to city water. We will provide filtered water for drinking in all of our unit refrigerators throughout your stay.
What languages are spoken in Belize?
English is the official language of Belize. Although most Belizeans speak Spanish and Kriol and some Mayan and Garifuna. The culture of Belize is dominated by the Mestizo and Creole.
Where is the beach from Three by the Sea?
There is a public walkway access to the beach in either direction from our property within 200 yards. Across from PUR and across from Marbucks cafe. In Belize, all the beachfront land up to 66 feet from the high water level is considered “Queen’s Land”. It means that the beach is accessible to the public- including all piers from 6am to 6pm. The seabed is government property, making all docks and piers public property.
Are there bugs/mosquitos on the island?
Being a Caribbean tropical destination mosquitoes and other insects are always going to be a possibility. We advise 25% DEET (at a minimum and the higher percentage will bring better coverage). The high risk times are mostly between dusk and dawn, or after a rain. Sometimes we will not see mosquitoes for weeks, or they are hardly a bother. Other times it is required to lather up with DEET in order to walk out at dusk/dawn. Be prepared, is our motto so you can head out for your evening and be comfortable.
Sand Flies/Sand Fleas/no see-ums are present in all tropical areas close to and in the sand. You will see areas where the sand is raked, and this is done to prevent them. DEET has no effect on these buggers. Coconut oil sprayed or applied on your shins and ankles will keep them from landing on you. You will not know you are bitten until the next day and they leave behind red, very itchy bumps that will often show up in clusters. They are a nuisance, and last sometimes for a week or two, but nothing to cause long lasting harm. We recommend Benadryl to calm the itching or a Hydrocortisone cream.
What items are suggested to bring?
Sunscreen (reef safe if possible)
Sun Protective Clothing and a secure hat. (keeping in mind beach fashion straw hats will fly off in the wind, especially on a boat or even golf cart- its very windy here).
Mosquito Repellent (25% DEET minimum)
Beach Towel, flip flops or water sandals
Personal Toiletries (shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc)
Flashlight or Headlamp (for walking the beach after sunset after 6pm)
Insulated Cup/Tumbler (for carrying beverages wherever you go, and to consume less plastic water bottles)