Wind: NW at 16 mph
44°F / 53°F
GETTING HERE IS EASY - You will likely fly into Belize City International Airport then hop on a shuttle flight to the Placencia Airport where we will be there to greet you and drive you the short distance to the Green Parrot Beach Houses. Driving can be very challenging in Belize! Get details before trying it.
TIME ZONE - Belize is on Central Standard Time (CST) year round.
TRIP INSURANCE - We do not sell the insurance and it can be a good idea but make sure that you READ THE FINE PRINT about what is NOT covered.
CURRENCY - The Belize dollar is tied to the US dollar at a rate of 2 to 1. This means you get $2 Belize for every $1 US. US cash works well in Belize so bring as much as you feel comfortable carrying. Bring thhe rest in Travelers Checks, most of them at $20 face value. Atlantic and Scotia Banks have branch offices in Placencia. ATM's are not easy to find in our area. We can charge all of your tours, meals and resort purchases via either Master Card or Visa. NOTE: Many credit card companies are NOT giving 2 for 1 exchange. They give less, so your bill in dollars will be higher. If that happens call your credit card issuer, NOT the Green Parrot… as we have NO control over how your credit card company posts the charges.
HEALTHCARE - A part time doctor is available in Placencia. The British Forces helicopters are available 24 hours a day for Emergency situations. Arrival time to the Green Parrot is 20 minutes. In Belize City, a private medical clinic is adjacent to the new Hospital.
There is only a limited Pharmacy in this area, so please remember your medications! Also consider bringing insect repellant, anti-histimines, and topical steroid cream for itching. Stay comfortable - "It's a jungle out there!"
Immunizations - No immunizations are required for Belize as long as you are up to date on all normal innoculations. Malaria medication is not necessary for your stay at the Green Parrot but you should consider it for extended stays in the jungle. Please, do consult your local healthcare provider.
CLOTHING : Traveling light offers the most fun. We are very informal at the Green Parrot Beach Resort. Casual summer clothes are sufficient along with: a light weight Windbreaker, Long sleeved Shirt & Pants; Sandals and Running shoes or Hiking boots with Socks, are good ideas. Also don't forget a hat.
EQUIPMENT - 1st of all BRING BINOCULARS! An absolute must-have in this spectacular & diverse country. A flashlight with fresh batteries is also a good idea.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT - Bring your own camera gear in a zip-lock bag to protect from moisture. If you still use film, be sure to bring plenty and expect to have it developed when you return home, it is very expensive locally. We try to keep a few disposable cameras, land & underwater, for sale in our office.
ART EQUIPMENT - Bring your own. Locally you will have a difficult time finding adequate, top quality art supplies.
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT - Many cell phones will not work in Belize If you want to call home you can purchase pre-paid phone cards from our office. Please leave OUR phone number, email address, and fax number with your people at home in case of emergency. We have an internet service for you to send and receive emails for a nominal fee.
SNORKELING EQUIPMENT - Most people bring their own, although we do have some adult sized to loan. On tours equipment is provided.
SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT - Many divers bring their own. Leave weights at home. Spear Guns are Not Allowed. On tours equipment is provided.
FISHING EQUIPMENT - Important to bring your own "gears". Local Fishermen's suggestions for Rod & Line: Fly Fishing - 10 or 12 weight Rod required. Line weight, sink tip and intermediate. Fly line with 80 lbs test. Bonefish - 8 lbs Rod with bonefish leader. Line8 to 16 lbs test. Permit - 9 or 10 lbs test Rod with same size Bonefish leader. Local Fishermen's suggestions for Flies & Lures: Bonefish flies - Charlie's venous colors. Permit flies - Crabs venous colors. Tarpon flies - Black & Red Caribbean Lobster. Spincasting - Broke back Rebels 6 inch size. Rattle trap various size & colors. Rapalas sinking magnum CD 14. Likely Catch Peak Seasons: Tarpon May-September. The prime areas around Placencia include: Crowe's Nest Caye, Normal Caye, Moho Caye and Tarpon Caye; Bonefish April - November. Mangrove-lined lagoons and flats, river mouths around Placencia; Permit March - May. Flats close to reef and in lagoon and river channels and holes; larger individuals found in the area from Placencia to Punta Gorda.