Everything Belize!


1. Alicante, Spain 

Alicante is a city that has mastered the art of frugal living. They’ve done it without sacrificing any beauty or quality of living. It’s a beach city on Spain’s Costa Blanca and is famous for its wonderful climate, great food, stellar entertainment, relaxing lifestyle and lack of significant tourism. It’s a place that won’t disappoint. Renting a one bedroom apartment in the city’s center runs you about $550 a month. Public transit is around $40 a month. A good bottle of wine is $5 and a good domestic beer is a dollar. Spain’s minimum wage is $5.82 an hour.

2. Mendoza, Argentina 
Right smack in the heart of Argentina’s wine country is the beautiful city of Mendoza. The local economy is strong and there is much demand for fresh, new businesses. If you’re looking to start a business, Mendoza is the place to do it. A one bedroom apartment in the city’s center runs you about $380 a month. To buy a one bedroom apartment is about $60,000. A good bottle of wine is $4 and a good bottle of domestic beer is $1.40. Argentina’s minimum wage is $8.35 an hour.

3. Bali, Indonesia 
This is a low-cost living heaven located in Asia. Bali has a hopping nightlife, vibrant tourism economy, and is a great place to set up shop. Rent on a one bedroom apartment in the city’s center is $300 a month. A good bottle of wine is $12 and a good bottle of domestic beer is $1.60. Minimum wage is $1.20 an hour.

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand 
Chiang Mai has one of the nicest climates in all of Asia. It’s a mountain town rich in culture, good food, and friendly neighbors. It’s a place where you can make your dollar stretch pretty far too. A one bedroom apartment in the city’s center is $250 a month, a good bottle of wine is $13 and a good domestic beer is $1.30. Thailand’s minimum wage is $2.87 an hour.

5. Corozal, Belize 
This is a town for folks who want to kick back and relax. It’s a hot spot for meditation and yoga, has beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants, and it’s very affordable. A one bedroom apartment in the city’s center runs you $190 a month. Buying a two bedroom apartment costs around $115,000. A good bottle of wine is $12 and a good domestic beer is $1.50. The minimum wage in Belize is $2.92.

6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 
Mexico has many little gems of places to live on the cheap, but Vallarta beats them all in my book. It’s naturally beautiful, very romantic, but has heavy tourism. Renting a one bedroom apartment in the city center costs $450 a month. Buying a traditional townhouse costs $55,000. A good bottle of wine is $7.50. A good domestic beer is $1.25. And the tequila is dirt cheap. Mexico’s minimum wage is $.89 an hour. Good luck.

7. Ojen, Spain. 
Back to Spain! Ojen has multimillion dollar villas and also incredibly affordable living. Renting a one bedroom apartment in the city’s center runs you $330 a month. A traditional townhouse costs $100,000. A good bottle of wine is just $4 and a good domestic beer is $1.25. Spain’s minimum wage is $5.82 an hour.

These cities are beautiful, fun, and affordable! Each one brings its residents something a little bit new and exotic.


Corozal Bay 
Corozal Town is located on a bay of the Caribbean Sea, its waters are often a milky green blue shade especially in the rainy season,

Corozal is a sleepy seaside town, located just south of the Río Hondo (Hondo River), which forms the border between Mexico and Belize. Set on a crystal-clear bay, Corozal was an important center on the early Mayan trading routes, and the evidence remains in the ruins of Cerros and Santa Rita, and the old English Fort Barley. During the mid-1800s the modern town was settled with a large population of refugees from Mexico’s Caste War.

Today, Corozal is home to a growing expatriate community, mostly concentrated in the northern tip of the town at Consejo Shores, and along the seaside in the Copper Bank and Chunox areas. While not part of the traditional tourist circuit, Corozal Town makes a good base for fishing excursions in the calm bay; bird- and wildlife-viewing tours into nearby Shipstern Nature Reserve; shopping trips to neighboring Chetumal, Mexico; and explorations of the aforementioned Mayan ruins.


Arriving into the country by road through Mexico gives the first-time visitor as first taste of Belize – the northernmost district of Corozal. The district capital is Corozal Town. Traditionally the heart of the country’s sugar growing and processing industry, Corozal today is more well-known for its Free Zone at the border crossing with Mexico, sprawling housing development favored by expats and low cost of living.

Corozal Town is a convenient base for day trips to Chetumal, the capital of Mexico’s southern state of Quintana Roo which is nine miles away, or for excursions to the Maya ruins and beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the most popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers, is only 15 minutes by air from the Corozal airstrip. It is 90 miles from Belize City to Corozal by road and buses run daily. Corozal is located between two scenic rivers, the New River in the Orange Walk District and the Rio Hondo that forms a natural boundary with Mexico. The district has its fair share of Maya ruins, boating, nature trails, swimming and fly fishing attractions.

Corozal Town proper is definitely go slow and easy going. Eclipsed by the bustling neighbor of Chetumal City, Corozal has devolved into a sedentary town that is well maintained and well laid out. Most of the town was destroyed by a hurricane in 1955, and before being rebuilt, streets and avenues were properly laid out making it one of only two municipal centers in Belize (the other is the City of Belmopan) with reasonably wide streets and good drainage.

Ambling its quiet streets you will find three banks, a library, a make shift museum, two churches, two primary schools, a run down gas station (most everyone goes across the border to fill up the car), several Chinese greasy spoons, a few shops and a small produce market. All this within 10 minutes walking distance from each other.

There is not much to do here and most of the activity takes place downtown around the Central Park on weekdays when folks come into town to do banking, collect salaries or buy essentials. Weekends are quiet as Corozalenos take their weekend rest or decamp for the Mexican City of Chetumal where everything is more reasonably priced and the variety available at Sam’s Club and Walmart is irresistible.

Living In Corozal Town

Corozal town park 
Central Park in Corozal Town is a family gathering spot on Saturdays and Sundays.
Corozal is the country’s fourth largest populated district, with 20,335 residents. and home to a growing community of North American and European retirees.

In 2010 the American Association of Retired Persons, the AARP, ranked Corozal a top retirement destination. The article describes Corozal: “The Corozal district, a few miles’ drive from the Mexican border, is far more affordable. Corozal expats live a laid-back life, with year-round outdoor play (boating, hiking, swimming, diving), but are still only minutes from the malls and cineplexes of Chetumal, the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.” Check out our Top Ten Reasons To Live or Retire in Belize page.

The Santa Rita Maya Site at the west end of Corozal was recently renovated to make for a better tourism experience.
Today, even with the Corozal Free Zone business, the district and town are still laid back and easy going- especially the town with its quaint seaside feel. Indeed, if you go jogging along the road that winds around the Bay, don’t be surprised at the numerous greetings of “Good Morning” or “Buenos Dias” you’ll hear. Corozal Town sits on the Bay of Corozal; its population is 10,888. The town was built by refugees fleeing civil war between Mestizos and Indians in Mexico. Spanish is the predominant language here. Yet, like everywhere else in Belize, the multinational blend is evident everywhere: Mestizo, Maya, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite and Asian all claim this rather tranquil seaside community as their home.

Amidst the squalor of the Corozal Free Zone, casino action is available round the clock.
The Corozal Free Zone is a major source of employment and business for area residents. The Zone is not open to Belize residents and caters to the large population in Quintana Roo. A sprawling and some would say ramshackle complex, it sits right on the border crossing into Mexico at Santa Elena village in Belize, going into the well populated and booming town of Alvaro Obregon on the Mexican side. Chetumal City with a population larger than that of the entire country of Belize is a 20 minute drive down the road or a 5 minute boat ride from Consejo village near to Corozal Town.

The Corozal Free Zone operates as a minimal tax area providing casinos, hotels, shopping arcades and wholesale depots for many consumer items. Mexicans come across by the hundreds every day to look for bargains that may be difficult to find in their country.

Attractions In Corozal

Corozal town cheerleaders 
Annual Corozal Town Marching Band Competition is one the few public events that brings out the crowds.
A visit to market located just along the bay area is a wonderful experience of exotic fruits and friendly faces. Just nearby is a renovated 19th century Customs house, with a distinctive steeple that serves as a makeshift museum. It displays, among other things, Mayan artifacts, a pictorial history of the sugarcane industry and the district.

The history of Corozal, including a graphic depiction of the Yucatan Caste War and the impact of colonial rule on the Mayan people, are sketched in a strikingly beautiful mural on the wall of Corozal’s Town Hall. The Corozal Town Hall Mural, painted by artist Manuel Villamor Reyes, was restored in 1986 and updated to depict the exploitation of immigrant workers during the 1850’s and 1860’s. The mural can be viewed through the windows on the ground floor if the town hall is closed. Picture: Marching band in downtown Corozal.

Corozal has two main Maya sites, Santa Rita, located on the northern outskirts of the town, and Cerros which is across the bay. Several resorts dot the picturesque bay and the Shipstern Protected area is nearby. But most residents would argue that the best attraction is Chetumal City with its distinct culture, malls, entertainment – all within an easy drive just down the road.

Retirement In Corozal

retirement home belize 
A retirement home at the Consejo Shores residential community 7 miles north of Corozal Town.
The proximity of Corozal to Mexico and its splendid big city attractions makes the district a favorite for retirees. Several expat communities can be found in Corozal, the largest one at Consejo which is a 20 minute drive on a bumpy road north of the town. Consejo is the northernmost population centre of Belize, at the very tip of Belize facing Chetumal city. If you stand on the shore at Consejo you can actually see Chetumal city with the naked eye about a mile across the water. Once a fishing and cane farming community, the area is now taken up with sprawling residential communities.

Many home owners are from North America and Europe and the properties are well developed with manicured lawns and prosperous looking homes. There is still lots of land available for development although seafront properties like everywhere else fetch a premium. Although Chetumal city is so close, access by motor boat is easiest – about a 5 minute ride. Driving from Consejo to Chetumal involves a circuitous route – first back south to Corozal Town, then driving up north to the border – about a 30 minute drive.



Why Belize? img_0009

Why pick Belize over the thousands of other countries that you can visit?

1. The 2nd largest barrier reef in the world runs all along our coast. Snorkeling along the reef, swimming with sting rays & nurse sharks, scuba diving the Blue Hole and reef & flats fishing are some of the most popular activities for both visitors and locals.

2. The people. img_1925img_1919

I’ve visited a bunch of countries. 40 to be exact…and I’ve never met a friendlier or more welcoming bunch. Locals want to recommend their favorite bar, restaurant, dive trip, just chat or in some cases, invite you over for lunch. This is not a vacation where you will be stuck inside an all inclusive resort with other tourists.


img_19213. We speak your language (well…if you are one of the 6% of humans that speak English as a first language)…and some other really cool ones. Spanish, Mayan (in certain parts of the country) and, my favorite, Kriol/Creole. Based mainly in English but heavily accented with lots of cool new words and phrases, you can keep yourself busy for hours working on the basics. There are few things more amusing to Belizeans than laughing with (or at) visitors testing the language out. Here is a very cute video to get you started.
img_00654. The weather. Ranging from warm and breezy to a bit more muggy and hot, Belize does have its seasons. Thankfully none of them include snow or anything close to it. In the years that I’ve lived in San Pedro, the weather has never dipped below 65 degrees. And for that, I will remain eternally grateful.


img_0081img_0141img_01425img_00875. The Food! Fresh fish & Lobster with High end restaurants and delicious street food. Pupusas, barbecue, fry jacks, johnny cakes, tamales, lobster season, conch season…you honestly can’t go wrong. Whenever I have friends visit, it’s the #1 thing that they rave about.
img_00416. History and the Mayan ruins. Belize and the surrounding countries have some serious history. The Mayan people flourished in this area for hundreds of years. In fact, in 1000AD, the population of Belize is estimated to have been significantly greater than it is today. Leaving behind pyramids and temples, pottery and jewelry, the countryside (and even the island of Ambergris) is scattered with impressive Mayan relics and scenic sites.


img_19047. Beauty, variety and accessibility of the mainland from the cayes and the cayes from the mainland. The entire country of Belize is slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts, only about 9,000 square miles. Water falls, the amazing Belize zoo, tubing through underground caves… Belize is a country where you can go from a sandy beach to a wild life filled jungle in a few hours (or less).


img_0084img_0086img_00938. img_0089The holidays and the festivals. (These reasons are not ranked because if they were, this would be at the top of my list.) From the Chocolate Festival in Southern Belize to Carnaval in San Pedro to Lobsterfest on Caye Caulker to the HUGE September Independence celebrations countrywide, Belize loves to party. And there are very few months of the year where you won’t encounter something.



The Great Blue Hole
at Lighthouse Reef

img_1701A feature attraction of Diving in Belize, Especially for divers with a appreciation of geographical phenomena, is the opportunity to explore the famed Blue Hole. Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, it lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth, right in the center of Lighthouse Reef is a large, almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (.4 km) across. Inside this hole the water is 480 feet (145 m) deep and it is the depth of water which gives the deep blue color that causes such structures throughout the world to be known as “blue holes.”

Like a giant pupil in a sea of turquoise, The Blue Hole is a perfectly circular limestone sinkhole more than 300 feet across and 412 feet deep. The array of bizarre stalactites and limestone formations which mould its walls seem to become more intricate and intense the deeper one dives. Near to The Blue Hole, one of Belize’s largest protected areas, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, encompasses 10,000 acres of the atoll and 15 square miles of surrounding waters.

The diameter of the circular reef area stretches for about 1,000 feet and provides an ideal habitat for corals to attach and flourish. The coral actually breaks the surface in many sections at low tide. Except for two narrow channels, the reef surrounds the hole. The hole itself is the opening to a system of caves and passageway that penetrate this undersea mountain. In various places, massive limestone stalactites hang down from what was once the ceiling of air-filled caves before the end of the last Ice Age. When the ice melted the sea level rose, flooding the caves.
The temperature in the Blue Hole at 130ft is about 76F with hardly any change throughout the year at that depth.

For all the practical purposes the over 400-foot depth makes the Blue Hole a bottomless pit. The walls are sheer from the surface until a depth of approximately 110 feet where you will begin to encounter stalactite formtions which actually angle back, allowing you to dive underneath monstrous overhangs. Hovering amongst the stalactites, you can’t help but feel humbled by the knowledge that the massive formation before you once stood high and dry above the surface of the sea eons ago. The feeling is enhanced by the dizzying effect of nitrogen breathed at depths. The water is motionless and the visibility often approaches 200 feet as you break a very noticeable thermocline.


In the deeper waters of the Blue Hole itself, you might see a curious blacktip tiger or hammerhead shark, but on most dives you won’t see anyone except your dive buddy. Little light reaches the depths of the Hole and water does not circulate freely. As a result, the deeper areas inside the Blue Hole don’t have the profusion of life associated with most drop-offs. But as you venture into the shallows around the rim of the Blue Hole to off-gas after your dive, you will discover a wonderful area filled with life.

Pederson’s cleaning shrimp are everywhere inhabiting the ringed and knobby anemones. With the frantic waving of their antennae, these shrimp invite you, along with passing fishes, to be cleaned. Neon gobies also advertise their cleaning setvices from the various coral heads. Angelfish, butterflyfish hamnlets and small groupers are also commonly seen. Elkhorn coral grows to the surface and purple seafans, resplendent of their rich hues, sweep at the calm surface waters. If you look up, you will double your pleasure as you catch the reflections of sea fans in the aquamarine mirror of the calm water.

One can get mildly narked in back-set caves 150′ down in clear, still water, filled with 25 to 50 foot long stalactites.

Guides pole the group and chum in sharks on a majority vote. Bull, Reef and Hammer Head sharks found here, that look enormous, even from behind the protection of a handy stalagmite.

img_0143A rare – wonderful dive. However this is truly a techical category decompression dive, not recommended for newbys or resort dive qualified divers. (The bottom of Blue Hole is over 400 feet down and the wall slopes back, such that one must have absolute buoyancy control rather than to depend on something to grasp if starting to plummet while descending. Likewise – ballooning is equally deadly to ones health when coming up from 150 plus feet and requires excellent buoyancy control. Decompression times are around 10 to 15 minutes at 20 feet.). The best dive guides anchor a spare tank and regulator at your 20 foot deco spot, usually at the permanent mooring anchor located around the rim of the Blue Hole, which your boat moors too.

The Blue Hole is a must when in Ambergris, some people liken it to a religous experience. For the less experienced, if you are concerned about the dive, talk with the dive masters or the people in the shops before going. The dive masters stay with you and look after you the entire dive, which is not that long to begin with, about 30 minutes. The rim of the hole starts about 30-35 feet, just a rock wall until you get down to the stalagtites. The snorkling around the perimeter is fabulous. Lots of color, crystal clear water, some of my best pictures are from there in about 6 ft. of water. The full day trip also has other dives at Lighthouse Reef usually about 70-80′ -beautiful walls that start at 30′ and go down forever.

For anyone who wants to dive into the geologic past, exploring the Blue Hole is guaranteed to be a rewarding experience.


Hammock and Palm Trees, Great Barrier Reef, Northern Caye, Belize --- Image by © Ron Watts/First Light/Corbis

Hammock and Palm Trees, Great Barrier Reef, Northern Caye, Belize!



Belize has much to offer travelers, especially those who love the ocean or spending time lounging on a beautiful palm-fringed, white sand beach. It is a gorgeous country that boasts many stunning cays, lush jungles as well as the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. Belize is also a relatively new country, having only gained its independence from Great Britain in 1981. It is also the only country in Central America where English is the official language. An overview of the most gorgeous islands in Belize:

10. Silk Caye    img_0051img_0052

Sometimes referred to as Queen Cayes, Silk Caye is a stunning, often photographed isle located in southern Belize. The beautiful clear waters surrounding this stunning little isle teem with a large variety of marine life, including sea turtles, rays and sharks. In 2009, Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine chose Silk Caye as its 15 most ultimate beach in the Caribbean.

9. Glover’s Reef Atoll img_0055

Glover’s Reef Atoll is a stunning atoll that consists of five islands and an almost continuous coral elliptical shaped reef. This atoll is located near the Cayman Trench, which reaches depths of 7,500 meters (25,000 feet) and is one of the deepest in the world. Not surprisingly Glover’s Reef Atoll, which also contains a protected marine reserve, is very popular with snorkelers and scuba divers as a large variety of sea life is drawn to both the atoll’s shallow lagoons and surrounding deep waters. This reef is named after John Glover, an infamous pirate who once used the atoll as his stomping grounds.

8. South Water Caye  img_0059

This tiny island, which is roughly 800 meters (2,600 feet) in length, is a true tropical gem. Located just 9 km (14 miles) off of the coast of Dangriga, South Water Caye boasts stunning white sand beaches and glorious water views. It also lies in the middle of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Belize’s largest protected marine park, which makes it a scuba divers and snorkelers dream. Visitors won’t even need a boat to visit the reefs, which are just a quick swim from South Water Caye’s shores.

7. Goff’s Caye  img_0048

Visitors to Goff’s Caye will find a small isle, just 1.2 acres in size. Although small, Goff’s Caye is a pretty island that is blessed with sugar-white sands and lovely blue waters. Because this caye is located only 30 minutes by boat from Belize City, it is also a popular day trip. In addition, Goff’s Caye is also a popular excursion stop for cruise ships. Goff’s Caye features concessions on site for guests looking for a bite to eat or a chair in which to sit. In addition, because this caye is situated on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, snorkeling is one of the most popular activities for guests to this island.

6. St. George’s Caye img_0062

This small caye is located just 13 km (8 miles) away from Belize City. It is home to St. George’s Caye Resort, which features lovely over-water bungalows on stilts. The mood at this resort is very romantic and so children under 15 are not permitted as guests. Because St. George’s Caye was Belize’s first capital, visitors will find a number of charming colonial buildings on this island. In addition, this island has been declared a historic landmark.

5. Tobacco Caye img_0063

Only three acres in size, Tobacco Caye is a small island located at the northern end of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, approximately 16 km (10 miles) from Dangriga. Travelers to this island can choose from 6 different small and modest lodges in which to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Because Tobacco Caye is located in a protected marine reserve, it is known for being an excellent spot for shore diving. Over the years, this cay has earned a devoted following among backpackers and snorkel and scuba enthusiasts.


4. Laughing Bird Caye img_0066

Located just 18 km (11 miles) off the coast from Placencia, Laughingbird Caye is a popular spot for visitors, snorkelers, scuba enthusiasts and anyone looking for a pleasant day trip. This mini atoll is a protected national park that stands on a faro, which is a ringed reef that surrounds a lagoon. A large variety of colorful fish and other marine life call the waters of this national park home.

This caye was named for the laughing gulls that once populated this island. Unfortunately, as the island became more popular with, the gulls relocated to quieter cayes. To encourage these and other birds to return to Laughingbird Caye, the island has been divided into three zones: Recreational, Buffer and Preservation. In addition, there are no overnight stays allowed on this tiny isle.

3. Half Moon Caye img_0068

Nature lovers will find much to like about Half Moon Caye, which is a national park and Belize’s first marine conservation area. This caye is home to over 90 different bird species — including frigates and red-footed boobies. It is also populated with interesting reptiles, including the Island Leaf-toed Gecko, which can only be found in Belize. In addition, the waters surrounding Half Moon Caye are home to a large variety of fish species. Snorkelers and divers can enjoy either swimming through the shallow waters in Half Moon Caye’s lagoon or head out to its amazing wall. Half Moon Caye is located at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef, which is also the site of Belize’s arguably most famous diving spot, the Great Blue Hole.

2. Caye Caulker img_0071

One of the best known Belize Islands, Caye Caulker’s casual atmosphere, cheap prices and abundance of bars and restaurants draw numbers of backpackers and tourists who are looking for a break from traveling around Central America. There are many dive shops on the island, and several dive tours are available to premier spots like Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Turneffe Atoll, Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and the famous Blue Hole. A narrow water canal, called “The Split,” offers a swimming hole and picnic area.

1. Ambergris Caye img_0072

Lovely Ambergris Caye, which measures 58 km (36 miles) long, is the largest of Belize’s hundreds of small islands. Most of the action on Ambergris Caye can be found in its biggest village, San Pedro. On this caye, which is home to approximately 7,000 people, visitors will find a large number of restaurants, bars and accommodations. Though most of the accommodations on Ambergris Caye tend to be relaxed and casual, a few luxury properties are starting to sprout up. Ambergris Caye is one of the best of Belize’s island for soaking in the sun during the day and partying at night.



img_00281. The official language of Belize is English.
2. Most Belizeans are trilingual and Spanish and Kriol are also widely spoken in the country.
3. Belize was once home to over 1 million Maya people.
4. Belizean cuisine is an amalgamation of all ethnicities in the country.
5. If Belizean food is what you like, then don’t miss trying the traditional Belizean rice and beans.
6. Placencia, the captivating Peninsula of Southern Belize, offers a tropical paradise with everything from sun-kissed beaches to awe-inspiring diving sites. Arguably, Placencia is one of the most visited vacation spots in Belize.
7. After the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Belize stands second in the world with its longest reef featuring an abundant of marine life.
8. Belize is home to traditional Mennonites.
9. Belize has acres of pristine coastline featuring white sandy beaches and beautiful offshore islands. Laughing Bird Caye and South Water Caye are two such destinations.
10. Belize’s tropical setting is an ideal habitat for birds, and the country boasts over 300 species of native birds.
11. One of the famous dishes in Belize is made from Gibnut meat. This was the dish presented to Queen Elizabeth during her first visit to this country.
12. Belize’s jungle is home to wild cats, including jaguars and ocelots.
13. Apart from its historic archeological sites, Belize is known for its scuba diving sites. The Blue Hole, one of the world’s most popular sinkhole, is one famous dive site here.
14. Belize received its Independence from Great Britain on 21st September, 1981.
15. Unlike any urban city with high-rises, Belize is blessed with lush nature, acres of rainforest, and the tallest building in the country is Canna Temple, a Maya pyramid at Caracol.
img_000816. Belize is home to many luxury resorts and jungle lodges. However, there are not many all-inclusive branded resorts here.
17. Belize’s size is close to that of New Hampshire in area wise. With a population just over 350,000, the country is one of the sparsely populated nations in the world.
18. Belizeans do use a number of funny Creole phrases such as the ‘Sleeping Policeman’ term for speed breakers.
19. Belizeans love ketchup with their fried chicken instead of hot sauce.
20. Belizeans eat the Marie Sharp hot sauce with almost everything.
21. No time to exchange money? You can use US dollars anywhere in Belize.
22. The locals here love the Punta Rock music.
23. Belize is one of the world’s top destinations for a wedding or honeymoon vacation.
24. Belizeans make some finest handmade chocolates from locally grown cocoa.
25. You will be surprised to find a jaguar crossing sign on the highway.
26. Fry jacks is a favorite breakfast of Belizeans.
27. Belize is home to the world’s loudest creature: the Black Howler Monkey.








With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize may be small but it’s packed with adventure and culture.
In the Jungle
Inland, a vast (by Belizean standards) network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries offers a safe haven for wildlife, which ranges from the industrious parades of cutter ants to the national animal of Belize, Baird’s tapir, or the shy jaguar. Birders aim their binoculars at some 570 species, which roost along the rivers and lagoons and in the broadleaf forest. Keen-eyed visitors who take the time to hike can easily spot spider monkeys and howler monkeys, peccaries, coatimundis, gibnuts and green iguanas. Even the showy keel-billed toucan – the national bird of Belize – occasionally makes an appearance in public.

In the Land of the Maya
img_0045Belize is home to one of the world’s most mysterious civilizations – the ancient Maya. The Cayo District and Toledo’s Deep South in particular are peppered with archaeological sites that date to the Maya heyday (AD 250–1000), where enormous steps lead to the tops of tall stone temples, often yielding 360-degree jungle views. Explore excavated tombs and examine intricate hieroglyphs, or descend deep into natural caves to see where the Maya kings performed rituals and made sacrifices to the gods of their underworld. You can appreciate the culture today by staying in village guesthouses and by learning the art of chocolate-making.

Action & Adventure
Whether you’re scuba diving the Blue Hole, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, rappelling down waterfalls or crawling through ancient cave systems, Belize is a genuine adventure. Head to Cayo District where you can tube or canoe through darkened river systems or hard-core spelunk in renowned Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Zip-lining is virtually an art form in Cayo and Southern Belize where you can sail through the jungle at half a dozen locations. Horseback riding is well organised and hiking is superb in national parks, such as Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Shipstern Nature Reserve and Río Bravo.

img_1923Why I Love Belize

It’s a cliché to say good things come in small packages, but with Belize it just feels right. No bigger than New Hampshire or Israel, Belize doesn’t quite fit the mold of Latin America or the Caribbean, but proudly considers itself both. I love the low-key nature of its people and the seamless mix of cultures – Belizean, Creole, mestizo, Garifuna, Maya and even expat. I love the fact that you can be snorkeling on the barrier reef one day and hiking in the jungle the next. Belize is endearingly rough around the edges, but thoroughly traveler-friendly.

Under the Sea
img_1915Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world, after Australia’s, and with more than 100 types of coral and some 500 species of tropical fish, it’s pure paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers. Swimming through translucent seas, snorkelers are treated to a kaleidoscope of coral, fish and turtles, while divers go deeper, investigating underwater caves and walls and the world-renowned Blue Hole.

Add to this island living on the sandy cayes, where you can spend your days kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, fishing or lazing in a hammock, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect tropical vacation.


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