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Belize: Best Tourist eSIMs Reviewed (2024)

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 an eSIM for Belize for 9.50 USD from Airalo offering 1 GB for 7 days to be used locally, in the Americas, or globally.

While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.

So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it – especially if you favor convenience

In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM option offered by Airalo. Let's go.

Buying an eSIM for Belize Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Latamlink, Cho!, Alosim & Airalo)

Original publication: 2nd of September 2022. Last updated: 7th of March 2024.

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eSIMs offered by 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?

At the moment, no Belizean mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

However, you have this 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 can set up the eSIM before arriving in Belize and activate it upon landing (with most eSIMs listed in this guide) & (2) you do not have to deal with Belize's SIM card registration laws.

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(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).

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!

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So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Belize!

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Airalo eSIMs for Belize (Cho!)

Belize Cho! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 (200+) 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 🤑.

Wait… you have no idea who or what Airalo is? I have an in-depth review explaining how Airalo works and all its options, based on four years of using Airalo eSIMs – you can read it now or later (I will briefly introduce Airalo anyway in this guide).

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Back to Belize, the Airalo Cho! uses the Digi Belize network.

Tip: I recommend manually selecting the Digi Belize network instead of Digi Belize for the best network performance (best coverage and fastest speed).

Digi Belize Logo New 2022
© Digi Belize

You have one Airalo Cho! eSIM option:

  1. Belize/Cho! 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
Airalo Belize Cho! eSIM with Prices
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

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.

Moreover, you will have one of the, if not the best, best network experience with the Airalo Cho! eSIM compared to some/most other travel eSIMs because of the network the eSIM uses.

What makes things even more pleasant is that you can top up your eSIM when it is expiring or when you are out of data without the need to purchase a new eSIM.

But you may think that a local SIM card or eSIM will (still) be cheaper than Airalo or any other travel eSIM.

And you are right – that is true in most cases.

But with some countries making getting a prepaid SIM card a hassle, involving long queues, excessive registration requirements, and long activation periods, the (slightly) higher prices for an Airalo eSIM can be worth it.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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So while you technically could get cheaper plans, the question is whether you can actually get them or not.

Most mobile operators will only sell you (overpriced) tourist SIM cards or the most expensive plans because of “mandatory top-up requirements” (which are often lies to take more of your money anyway).

Anyway, you should be aware that while you can get up to 4G/LTE connection with the Airalo Cho! eSIM, your speeds will most likely not be faster than someone using a local SIM card.

That is because you are roaming on the Digi Belize network instead of being a native customer.

But that does not mean you will have (extremely) slow speeds – just slower than native customers.

In the Americas, mobile data speeds are not that fast as other regions (East Asia and Europe) anyway, so the difference is small.

Anyway, the Airalo Cho! eSIM is an eSIM LOVED by many Phone Travel Wiz readers, and the complaints about it are minimal.

The eSIMs are affordable, the data allowances can be tailored to your needs (1 GB only, but top-ups are available) & you will have a smooth network experience (in most cases).

I test and use Airalo's eSIMs in every country I go to, so you better check out my Airalo eSIM reviews and see if I have written a review for the eSIM you are interested in.

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Best eSIMs for the Americas & the World (including Belize)

So what if you plan to visit a neighboring country of Belize?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo, Alosim, Holafly, or Nomad eSIMs in any country than Belize.

Luckily, some of the eSIM providers mentioned so far do have eSIMs that can be used throughout most or all of the Americas.

And there are also some global eSIMs with attractive prices that can be useful if you visit the Americas and another continent or region.

I highly recommend these Americas or global eSIMs if you plan to visit multiple American countries to save money!

Airalo Latamlink eSIM

Latamlink Latin America eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Following Airalo's popular Eurolink eSIM, which can be used in 39 European countries, Airalo introduced the Asialink eSIM, which can be used in 14 East- and Southeast Asian countries 1 a bit later.

Eventually, it also launched the Latamlink eSIM, which can be used in 19 countries in the Americas.

There is not much to say about this eSIM because it is straightforward, except that the data allowances are not as generous as the Asian and European counterparts.

But as I said in the Alosim section, it is difficult for eSIM providers to enter the Latin American market, let alone selling eSIMs at reasonable prices, so we gotta take what we have, I guess.

The Airalo Latamlink eSIM can be used in the following 19 countries:

  • Argentina
  • Belize 1
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • French Guiana
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela 1

1 on 3G only

Airalo Latamlink Central- and South America Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)

Below is an overview of how much each Airalo Latamlink eSIM costs:

  1. Latin America/Latamlink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
  2. Latin America/Latamlink 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Latin America/Latamlink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 39 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Latin America/Latamlink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 60 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 31st of January.

Airalo Latamlink Latin America eSIM with Prices
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.
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Overview of the Best eSIMs for Belize

So, we reviewed some eSIMs that can be used in Belize.

I will give you a quick recap of each and link to their product pages in case you need more info or want to purchase an eSIM already.

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Buying a SIM Card in Belize

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a Belizean SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

Buying a SIM Card in Belize Guide (logos of Digi & Smart!)