A great item to add to your travel list is to visit Belize as it is a beautiful country. You can see a lot of the rawness coming through with local residential houses living alongside the roads and most of the remaining land untouched and covered with lush forests.
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You will find that a number of languages are spoken when visiting Belize. The official language is English, but other languages spoken are Belizean Creole, Mayan, Spanish, Mandarin and Garifuna. Belize is a popular destination choice for many Americans because of the language spoken. You will get around quite easily with being able to speak just English, but below are some Spanish words should you find you might want to use them:
- Hola – Hello
- Buenos Dias – Good morning
- ¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
- Soy bueno – I’m good
- Hombres / Caballeros – Men / Gentlemen
- Mujeres /Damas – Women / Ladies
- ¿Cuento? – How much?
- Muchos Gracias – Many thanks
- Adiós – Goodbye
Food to start you off
When you visit Belize you will find that most foods are based around rice and beans with either barbeque chicken or fish. Food is relatively cheap compared to the USA, but it is still quite pricey. Fresh food is not easy to find unless you go to the markets and even then you will have to be an early bird to get the worm.
When we visited Belize, we crossed the border just after sunset and there were not many eating options along the highway. We were so hungry that we were open to eating anything including from a convenience store. We didn’t think much about it at the time, but because they had no other fresh food, we bought bread and some laughing cow cheese, put it together and ate it. Since then, we got sick, especially me, with an upset stomach that made it very difficult to go out and do anything.
Later, I found out that the store that we bought it from had no refrigeration and the cheese was kept out on the shelf. Most places don’t have a huge fresh food variety available unless you visit any of the Caye Islands where you will find that you pay for the fresh food and variety available too.
Some Belizean food you might come across when you visit Belize are:
- Ceviche – Seafood marinated in lime juice
- Cochinita Pebil
- Rice and Beans – Staple dish
- Salbute & Garnaches
- Stewed Chicken
Belize currency is accepted everywhere in the country, except in Northern Belize, the Corozal Free Zone. In the Corozal Free Zone, US dollars or Mexican Pesos are accepted. This zone was established to encourage foreign investment into Belize with tax-free imports and low taxes imposed on re-exports, consequently increasing job opportunities for local Belizeans. Belize dollars are not worth much outside of Belize, so change only what you need or are willing to part with. US dollars are widely accepted to save you from losing value with currency exchange.
Explore within Belize
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When in Mountain Pine Ridge, you feel like you are in another world. In this protected UNESCO site, you may come across a number of unique flora, fauna and conditions.
San Ignacio is the main town centre in the district of Cayo. It is busy with hustle and bustle and only moments away, you can step into the jungles of Belize.