Belize is one of the most beautiful countries in the world thanks to an unspoiled landscape of tropical rainforests and jungles, fertile plains, mountain summits, and a unique coastline that is home to vibrant marine ecosystems. Travelers to Belize have a unique opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the country while experiencing a rich cultural society that is filled with a harmonious blend of different peoples, music, traditions, and food.
Geographically, Belize is located in Central America between Mexico and Guatemala but culturally it resembles many of its neighbors in the Caribbean and Central America. The official language of Belize is English but the most common language spoken is the Creole dialect.
Eight different and eclectic ethnic groups harmoniously co-exist within Belize: the Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, European, and Chinese. Each of these groups proudly maintains their culture, food, and mother tongue while blending with their neighbors to form the unique melting pot that is Belize.
As you travel across Belize, don’t be surprised to hear a wide variety of languages. In the north, many people speak Spanish while in Belize City the most popular languages spoken are standard English and the Creole dialect. Southern Belize is where you’re most likely to hear Mayan and the Garifuna tongues spoken and Mennonite communities in the west and north still use German in their everyday life.
Food is an important part of what makes Belize unique. Many staples of Central American life can be found here like tropical fruits, fresh seafood, and the ubiquitous rice and beans. Belize’s colonial heritage has left it with some British favorites like hot cross buns while the Garifuna and others have added a strong Caribbean element to the local cuisine. Mexican food also has its place in Belize as well, with a wide variety of traditional dishes.
Although Belize is geographically a small nation, travelers can encounter a wide spectrum of cultures as they travel from one part of the country to the other.
Located on the charming island of Ambergris Caye, Banyan Bay is the perfect haven to stay in Belize to experience a unique cultural vacation. The resort offers luxury accommodations, a full range of modern amenities, and tours to the most popular marine and nature reserves in the country.
The Villas at Banyan Bay is also the recipient of the 2016 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award.