Belize – meaning muddy waters in Spanish, is known for its majestic beaches, the Belize Barrier Reef & various caves like the ATM cave.
There are also plenty of museums to visit, resorts to chill at & snorkeling and scuba diving locations – all instagrammable activities and locations!
Before you host a 1-hour live stream, you should know that social media apps consume a lot of data.
This is not an issue if you have a large data plan or, even better, an unlimited data plan; those allowances often do not apply when abroad.
Before you share your colorful Belize experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.
Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Belize.
How much will a travel eSIM for Belize cost?
You can get a travel eSIM for Belize for 9.50 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days from Airalo.
While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.
So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.
In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo. Let's go.
Original publication: 2nd of September 2022. Last updated: 24th of November 2022.
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eSIMs offered by the Belizean Mobile Operators
Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in Belize.
In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Belizean ones.
Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.
And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).
But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.
Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.
Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.
Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.
So, which Belizean mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers? None do.
You have another one option for getting an eSIM for your trip to Belize: Airalo (with Cho!)
One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for Belize is that (1) you do not have to try to speak (broken) Spanish to get a local eSIM, (2) you can set up the eSIM before arriving in Belize and activate it upon landing & (3) you do not have to deal with Belize's SIM card registration laws.
I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.
Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!
So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Belize!
Airalo eSIMs for Belize (Cho!)
If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.
Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.
That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.
That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.
In the case of Belize, the Cho! uses the Digicel Belize network.
So, which Belize Cho! eSIMs are available? You have this one option:
- Belize/Cho! 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.
Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Cho! eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.
So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Cho! 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.
Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Belize soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.
The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Airalo Cho! eSIM Pros
Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Cho! eSIM? Yes, there are:
- You can activate your Cho! eSIM as soon as you land in Belize
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Digicel Belize's network
- Cho! eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
- SIM card registration is not a thing you have to worry about with the Cho! eSIM, saving you time
- Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps
I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.
Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.
Airalo Cho! eSIM Cons
Why should you not get the Cho! eSIM?
- The Belizean mobile operators, including Digicel Belize itself, have much more generous data allowances
- There is only one plan available, the 1 GB one, meaning you have to keep topping up when you are out of data instead of buying a larger data plan from the start
- While you get access to Digicel Belize's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Digicel Belize itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Cho! eSIM (yet)
- You cannot call or text with the Cho! eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
Airalo Cho! eSIM Overall Thoughts
The Cho! eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Belize and can be activated upon arriving.
You get access to one of Belize's best networks with the Cho! eSIM.
The main flaw, for now, is that you have to purchase multiple top-ups if you need more data than just 1 GB.
While getting a top-up is straightforward, some tourists, like myself, prefer to just buy one big data plan so that you do not have to worry about data allowances.
But besides that flaw, the Cho! eSIM is fine.
Remember, you cannot call or text with the Cho! eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.
Best eSIMs for in Central- and South America (not just Belize)
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Cho! eSIM in any country than Belize.
However, Airalo has a new eSIM covering popular travel destinations in Central- and South America.
I highly recommend going with the Airalo Latamlink eSIM, which covers almost all of Central- and South America, if you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Americas, as you will save a lot of money when you do so.
The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and the revamped Asialink eSIM has become popular quickly, so I have no doubt that the Latamlink eSIM will be popular too.
Just like in Asia and Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Latin American countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Uruguay).
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
Below is an overview of how much each Latamlink eSIM costs:
- Latin America/Latamlink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 39 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 60 USD
With the Latamlink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
Holafly also has an eSIM covering most of Latin America.
But honestly, the Latamlink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly South America eSIM if you want a bit more data (6 GB) for a shorter validity (15 days) for fewer countries (13 vs. 19) – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Belize (Airalo)
In this guide, I went over Airalo's Cho! as the only (reasonably priced) eSIM for Belize.
I recognize that there are other eSIM providers that do offer services for Belize.
But they are either crazy expensive or the quality of service is whack (based on my experience or the experiences of other Phone Travel Wiz readers).
But you are free to try them out and let me know if they were any good 😀.
Buying a SIM Card in Belize
Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?
Consider getting a Belizean SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Belize on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.
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