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The designers at Pique Travel have personally inspected the best tours and hotels in Belize. Over the years we’ve picked up a few bits of knowledge that we hope will help you make an informed decision.
Every company offering Belize travel packages claims to have deep experience. In reality, many companies staff their phones with people trained to follow a script. Some have never been to Belize. To ensure you’re receiving solid advice it’s important to ask the expert about their travels to Belize. If you’re not satisfied with their answer, request another consultant with deeper experience. If you’re still not satisfied, visit the Belize Tourism website for other reputable options.
It’s a real challenge figuring out if you’re getting a good deal. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get misled by appealing offers. Many websites promote low introductory pricing and leave out critical information such as taxes, resort fees, transfer costs or rigid cancelation terms. People are often shocked by the final cost and find their “Great Deal” quickly became an expensive mistake that can easily be 30% higher than originally presented.
To help travelers avoid the same problem, we’ve taken the mystery out of pricing by clearly stating what additional charges exist. Prior to deposit we also clearly provide all inclusions and exclusions before any financial commitment is made.
If you find a website offering lower prices than booking direct it should cause concern. These sites are not legitimate companies and your travel investment could be in jeopardy. It’s the equivalent of buying a Rolex on Craigslist. You might get a great price but chances are its fake and the seller is nowhere to be found.
This can lead to a “here today, gone tomorrow” scenario. A good test is to compare your quote against the hotel’s website price. This will ensure you get the best legitimate rate and also let you know if there are any missing costs.
Price is just one piece of the puzzle. There is a big difference in service, knowledge and access to rooms & amenities. These elements should weigh heavily on your decision.
We might be biased, but hiring a consultant is a common sense decision. For the same price as booking direct, you gain an independent, unbiased advocate working on your behalf. Consultants don’t have quotas or empty ships to fill. Their job is to represent you and keep your interests at heart.
Here are some additional things to consider:
Conventional thinking tells us we should wait until the last minute to get the best deal. This idea was established by large resorts desperate to fill space. However, luxury hotels in Belize are much different. The smaller nature of the boutique hotels means the rooms fill up quickly. If you are thinking about traveling during the holidays or Peak Season (Feb-Apr), it’s important to book 6-12 months in advance.
If you’re interested in saving a little money, here are some creative ideas to consider: