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Best Travel Apps for Belize to Help You Feel Like a Local

Best Travel Apps for Belize to Help You Feel Like a Local

Jess Signet from Tripelio recently wrote to me asking if she could do a guest post on travel apps for Belize. Of course, I said yes, being a smartphone girl and knowing how useful they are. I had a couple of her recommendations already and learned about some good new ones. You can read a little about her at the end of this post.

Best Travel Apps

I would like to thank tacogirl for publishing this article! Her site is the go-to resource for anything you need to know about traveling, living or moving to Belize. After reading it, I highly recommend you check out her post on voluntourism in the area!

The tropics are a much-coveted destination for any traveler. Sun, sea, sand, palm trees, island life: what more could you ask for? With so many expats heading out to sunnier shores and the numerous claims by vacation makers that “I could live somewhere like this,” there is an ever-growing demand to help those from overseas feel really at home on the islands.

Fortunately, the dramatic rise in technology use over the recent decades have given us the opportunity to form a global community and, no matter where we are in the world, the use of apps is bringing us ever-closer together. For those jetting off to Belize, there’s a high chance you’ll never want to leave, and although it might not be time to become a local, these six apps will take you a large portion of the way to feeling like one.

Channel 5 Belize

There’s no better way to feel a part of a place than being involved in its current affairs. Plus, it’s always useful for travelers to know what’s going on around them as it helps to understand cultures and even plan trips accordingly! Channel 5 Belize is a popular news station, that has released a handy app so you don’t have to miss any of their reports. You can watch the channel live or catch up on past videos or stories. There’s even an option to get in touch with the crew, and you can easily update the app to make sure you’re not missing out on breaking news.

Covering all the latest happenings and events, the friendly and inclusive tone makes you feel like you have lived there your whole life. Although the software contains some glitches, they are in the process of being smoothed over, and the app is set to become one of the best new sources in the country. Available on both iOS and Android, it’s there for everyone to get a piece of Belize’s current affairs.

Channel 5 Belize News app Belize News app

ExpressVPN

Unfortunately, not all internet is equal. Many countries have a blacklist of blocked sites that you can’t access when connecting on their soil, however, some are more inconvenient than others. Not so much anymore, Belize in particular, used to be well known for blocking Skype and other VOIP services. This means that travelers trying to contact loved ones back home may get a nasty shock when they try to log-on and find themselves denied access. There are still other uses for a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

ExpressVPN offers a solution by assigning you a new IP address, which is what determines the location of your device. Instead of your own, you are given the IP address of the VPN server, which will be located in another country, and will be able to access the internet as if that is where you are. It’s available on almost any platform, ensures a high quality of service and comes with great customer help options for those struggling to set it up or make it work. Receiving incredible reviews from numerous sources, and a Belize local’s favorite, it’s definitely one of the best on the market.

Virtual Private Network Server Travel App

Virtual Private Network Server

Fishes: Greater Caribbean

By far one of Belize’s most alluring attractions is its marine wildlife. Home to numerous scuba and snorkeling spots, this underwater wonderland is a world of its own. While most locals will be able to identify common fish species with relative ease, tourists are more than likely to struggle. Luckily the Fishes: Greater Caribbean app has got you covered. It includes 1,599 species and 5,500 images to help you identify them.

As well as an in-depth description identifying key features, you can also access a map of its regional range and view similar species. You can either browse through the alphabetical list or search for specific terms in the search engine to identify species you see while out and about. You can record observations, and the app automatically compiles a list of recently viewed pages, so it’s easy to check back for extra information. Highly recommended by divers, it’s sure to get you swimming like a local!

Greater Caribbean Fishing App

Identify fish easily

Hot Guide Belize

Hot Guide Belize is by far the best app for all your practical travel needs when visiting Belize. It covers all the major categories, including where to stay, eat, travel costs and things to do in Belize and all it’s surrounding islands. As well as giving you a vast amount of diverse information, it also allows you to book flights, accommodation, and activities directly from your phone. There’s a click-to-call feature, so you can ring companies and make inquiries and reservations with ease.

The app also offers some amazing savings that are too good to be missed! Enjoy 10 percent off on all Tropic Air Internal flights, as well as discounts on car bookings, golf courses, and tours. You can also get reduced rates on diving, fishing trips, restaurants and bars—including free drinks, appetizers or deserts—and loyalty cards to use at many businesses. The app is free to download and available on Android and iOS, as well as being accessible through web browsers, so there’s no reason not to sign up!

Hot Guide Belize - Best Travel Apps

Great countrywide information

San Pedro Lobsterfest

San Pedro has an annual event that runs in June -usually starting around the 15th which the opening day of lobster season. It’s by far one of the highlights of the year and celebrates all things lobster related on the island. Situated on Ambergris Caye, there are street parties, live music, drink booths and a grand prize draw, alongside numerous other festivities.

The San Pedro LobsterFest app is an essential accompaniment to the event. It contains all the information you could need to navigate the festival, and it also allows you to collect loyalty points when you attend certain celebrations or visit participating businesses. These points can then be exchanged for raffle tickets in the prize draw. Throughout the rest of the year, the app also offers loads of great discounts, so it’s definitely worth downloading.

San Pedro Lobsterfest Best Travel Apps for Belize

San Pedro Lobsterfest you guide to the events

Red Cross Belize

When out exploring on this tropical paradise, there are certain risks that you may come across. While locals may be schooled in the problems that arise on the island, tourists are much more likely to run into hazards. Fortunately, the Belize Red Cross has released an app to help you handle any threats to your health or accidents you may have while you visit in Belize. iOS & Android

There are video demonstrations of how to handle certain situations, quizzes to test your knowledge and tips on how to be prepared for disasters. It’s an essential app for anyone hoping to travel safely and a great way to be able to take calculated risks, while still getting the most out of your adventure.

Belize is a beautiful and spectacular country and using these apps, you can explore it like a local in no time. Who knows, you might even end up choosing to stay there. If you know of any other apps that can help you get the know this beautiful paradise, then be sure to leave a comment below and share with fellow travelers!

Belize Red Cross first aid app

You could help save a life with this great free app

About Author Jess Signet

I’ve been obsessed with the beauty and the wonder of this wide world since before I could walk or even talk. I was always exploring as a toddler – much to my parent’s dismay – and things haven’t changed since. As soon as I finished school, I was off and around the world.  Read more of my work at Tripelio – Your Trip Guide to the World Wide.

8 comments

  1. I guess I’m old school when I’m on vaca I put the phone down and explore half the fun is finding new stuff by making new friends talking to the locals, all great apps for sure with all the carts speeding around all we need is more people focused on the phone, look up!, you just missed something really neat!

    And the best app of all is right here Tacogirl.com!

  2. Very nice info here. I clicked the ‘Hot Guide Belize’ link and my anti-phishing software by Bitdefender blocked the site. Oh well.

  3. Odd Frank I can click through with no issues. I have experienced that with another local site where I got a warning every time I went but no one else did including their web designer.

  4. I can get that Tacotruck, especially since I am always taking so many pictures for work I sometimes feel like I miss the moment while trying to capture it. Thanks for the best app compliment 🙂

  5. I’d assume that my favorite gps app Spyglass could also be helpful there. It has a lot of features for those who are not very good at orienting (like me). It shows your accurate position on a map and allows to save locations for tracking (e.g. your car or your hotel location). Really helpful. Here it is, if interested https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

  6. Thanks for sharing daydreamer, that sounds like a good one. I will see if they have it for android too that would be useful to me in other parts of the country.

  7. Great posts on this website. If you’re ever heading to Belize and you’re looking for excellent transportation services to get around anywhere in Belize, the cayes, or even Chetumal, Mexico, then visit Belize Shuttles and Private Transfers at http://belizeshuttles.com/ . They offer excellent services, you can depend on then any time.

  8. Thanks for the compliment Lisa. I agree Belize Shuttles is good I have used them to get from Corozal Belize to Chetumal Mexico. I also like Teddy Bear Shuttle out of San Ignacio area, he gave my friend and I a great mini tour of town before taking us to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. http://www.teddybearshuttle.com/

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