Despite its growing popularity as one of the hottest vacation and honeymoon destinations, many people know very little about Belize. Often mistaken for an island in the Caribbean or a Spanish-speaking nation in South America, Belize is actually a very unique country located between Mexico and Guatemala in Central America that is just now finding its place on the world stage.
Below are a few quick facts to get you up to speed on why so many people love Belize:
English is the Official Language
Due to its long history as a British colony, Belize today is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
Ask someone who has been to the country and they’ll tell you that the people of Belize are remarkably friendly. A land where hospitality and treating every stranger as a friend, Belize is one of the most open and welcoming countries in the world.
A True Melting Pot
With eight different ethnic groups and a well-established expat presence, the approximately 355,000 residents of Belize are a harmonious melting pot of different cultures, languages and traditions.
Dollars Are Welcome
The money in Belize is called the dollar (BZD) and is permanently pegged at the American dollar at a ratio of 2 BZD to one American dollar. The U.S. dollar is accepted everywhere, so there’s no need to calculate complicated prices or worry about exchanging money.
A Laid-Back Lifestyle
Belize officially uses the Central time zone (CST) but locals will tell you that everything in the country runs on “Belize Time”. Less focused on punctuality and timeliness, the priority in Belize is to relax, go slow, and to not stress.
Every town and city in Belize has its own farmers’ markets filled to the brim with fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers. With plenty of organic produce on hand and an abundance of fresh-caught seafood, the food in Belize is delicious, natural and organic. The rich mix of different cultures in Belize also means that culinary choices include spicy Mexican dishes, Afro-Caribbean favorites, Central American staples like rice and beans, and even a few British classics like hot cross buns.
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