The roads of Dangriga can be troublesome to navigate, so those who don't feel comfortable driving in foreign countries should take time to consider all of their options before deciding whether or not renting a car here is right for them. Adventurous souls who want to strike out on their own and explore the jungles of Belize will find this option to right up their ally.
Renting a car in Dangriga is a bit different than any of the other major vacation destinations in Belize because there are no car rental agencies within the town limits. You may not even need to rent a car, but if you decide you must, ask around and locals may be able to direct you to someone who is willing to rent you their personal vehicle for your stay. If you don't feel comfortable asking around yourself, ask the front desk of your hotel to help. If you do decide to do this, be aware that there is no protection for you as consumer since you aren't renting from a licensed business.
...be on the lookout for animals and pedestrians...
Before you hit the road, you should be aware of what it is like to drive in Dangriga. First, know that you will need an International Driver's License or a driver's license from your home town in order to legally drive in town. If you'll be staying in Belize for more than 90 days and want to drive the entire time you'll need to apply for a local license. Driving is done on the right side of the road like in the United States, and speed limits and distances are posted in miles rather than kilometers. Also know that drinking and driving is absolutely prohibited and you must wear a seat belt whenever you are in a moving vehicle.
Roads in Dangriga are poorly maintained and very few are paved. Instead, you'll encounter a lot of sand or gravel roads that quickly turn muddy in the rainy season. Roads here tend to be unmarked, and local drivers are aggressive, so your best course of action is always to proceed with caution. Also, always be on the lookout for animals and pedestrians in the middle of the road.
The longer you spend driving around Dangriga, the more you'll become used to the area. The main road in town is called St. Vincent Street, and most of the main businesses in Dangriga surround this road and the bridge. When you're out exploring, take Hummingbird Highway for a lovely view of the countryside and Manatee Road for a bumpy trip through the swampy forest.
Driving in Dangriga is an adventure, but for some tourists, that is exactly what they are after. As long as you are aware of what you're in for, renting a car in this rustic town can be a great way to get around.
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