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Paradise Islands Arrival & Departure Information

Essential Information that you need to review prior to your departure

Essential Information that you need to review prior to your departure

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On Arrival in Belize

The Belize International Airport (BZE) is easy to navigate.  After immigration, you collect your bags and move through the customs area.  The whole process can take up to an hour.  Porters are standing in clear view, but it is a very short distance to where we meet you.  Please be aware porters are not employed by the Airport Authority, they can be pushy and they will charge $2 to $4 for each bag - you are not obligated to use their services.

"I will be arriving into the Belize International on the scheduled Day 1 of my Paradise Islands  Tour"

After passing through Customs, immediately exit the Airport building to your right and our IE representative will meet you just outside of the doors.  Please be patient as road conditions and late arrivals of international flights may cause delays.  We are aware of our guests’ flight arrivals, however, if you do not see our driver within twenty minutes, please contact our Dangriga office at 522-3328 or 522-0078 to let us know your status.

Typically the vehicle will depart the International Airport between 1 - 1:30 pm to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel and will then return to the airport. Here you will be able to relax by the pool, have a drink at the outdoor bar, eat a meal, and wait for the rest of the guests to arrive. If you arrive earlier than this scheduled pick-up and do not want to wait at the airport for the driver, please feel free to take a cab to the Biltmore Hotel.  The approximate cost is $30US.  Please be sure to call our office in Dangriga and let us know where we will find you. Once at the Biltmore Hotel, take a moment to say hi at the front desk and let them know you are waiting for an IE vehicle pick-up. Any questions regarding the trip and scheduled pick-ups should be directed to our office in Dangriga, not the Biltmore front desk.  Departure from the Biltmore Hotel to our first night’s accommodation will be at approximately 4-5pm. If your flight arrives later than 4pm you may need to arrive the day before.

“I will be arriving into Belize earlier than Day 1”

Whether traveling independently before your trip or arriving by any port other than the International Airport, please be at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel (Mile 2 ½ Northern Highway, Tel 223-2302) by 4pm on Day 1 of your tour.  Our representative and vehicle will be arriving from an International Airport pickup sometime between 4-5pm.  It is difficult to give an exact time, so please be patient as late arrivals of international flights may cause delays.  If you are traveling in Belize in advance of your trip we recommend you call our office in Dangriga prior to Day 1 to confirm you have in fact arrived and will be at the Biltmore Hotel on Day 1.

Departure from Belize

You will stay on the cayes for the last night of your trip. The following morning after breakfast, our charter boat will bring you back to the mainland - usually arriving around 9:00 am.  On your return to Dangriga the group will be taken to our Operations Base.  Here you can pick up your luggage, change, and then make your connections for further travel in Belize or your international flight home.  

Travel note:  For those making connections home on this day, international connections departing Belize should be booked after 12 Noon.  You will require a 20 minute flight from Dangriga to the International Airport at a cost of approx. $110US per person and we are happy to make this reservation for you in advance. We will have a vehicle waiting to take you to the Dangriga airstrip.