Getting to Belize is ridiculously easy. American Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways, Continental and TACA all offer non-stop flights from the U.S. to the international airport in Belize City (BZE). From Belize City, you're as close as a 15-minute puddle jumper flight to some of the most popular dive regions. Others are just an hour's boat ride (or less) away. For more information on travel logistics to Belize, contact the Belize Tourist Board toll-free at (800) 624-0686; via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to their web site www.travelbelize.org.
Three of diving's leading live-aboard companies know a great thing when they see it. The Aggressor Fleet, Peter Hughes Diving and Nekton Diving Cruises all base live-aboards in Belize. Departing from Belize City, they offer different itineraries, but concentrate on diving the atolls. With up to five days a day on the menu, it's the best way to maximize your bottom time. For more information, visit www.aggressor.com; www.peterhughes.com; www.nektoncruises.com.
Though the country enjoys a rich mix of Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Maya, English, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese, and East Indian cultures, English is the common language throughout the country.
The Belize Dollar has a fixed rate of $2BZ = $1US. Dollars are accepted widely, though change will be in Belizean dollars.
Bring a dive light with you to Belize, even if you're not planning on an after-hours excursion. The barrier reef and the deep walls of the atolls are home to the whitespotted toadfish, a species found only in Belize. They like to hide in reef crevices, but if you look carefully you can see them peeking out. If you see your divemaster waggling his fingers under his chin, that's the sign that he's spotted one.