Mail and Shipping
Mail and Shipping
When sending mail to Central America, be sure to include the city or town and district, country name, and the words "Central America" in the address. Don’t use the abbreviation "CA" or your mail may end up in California, USA. Belizean mail service is very good, except to and from remote villages, and the stamps, mostly of wildlife, are beautiful. An airmail letter from Belize City takes about a week to reach the United States, longer—sometimes several weeks—from other areas.
An airmail letter to the United States is BZ60¢, a postcard, BZ30¢; to Europe, BZ75¢ for a letter, BZ40¢ for a postcard. The post office in Belize City is open Monday–Thursday 8–5 and Friday 8–4:30.
If you have to send something fast, use FedEx or DHL Worldwide Express, which are expensive but do the job right. Both have offices in Belize City and agents elsewhere. In San Pedro, Mail Boxes Etc. can wrap and ship your packages.
DHL Worldwide Express (41 Hydes Ln., Belize City. 223/4350. www.dhl.com.)
FedEx (6 Fort St., Fort George, Belize City. 223/1577. www.fedex.com.)
Mail Boxes Etc. (Coconut Dr., San Pedro. 226/4770. www.mbe-belize.com.)
There are two post offices in Belize City (N. Front Street and Queen Square) as well as in Belmopan, Benque Viejo, Caye Caulker, Corozal Town, Dangriga, Independence, Ladyville, Orange Walk Town, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro, and San Ignacio. Mail service from Belize City to and from the United States and other countries is generally fast and reliable (airmail to and from the United States usually takes about seven days). To and from outlying towns and villages service is slower, and for remote villages may take weeks. For faster, though expensive, service use DHL and FedEx.
Main Post Office—Belize Postal Service (150 N. Front St., Belize City. 227/2201. www.belizepostalservice.gov.bz. Mon.–Thu. 8–noon and 1–5; Fri. 8–noon and 1–4:30; closed Sat. & Sun.)
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