Things you might need to know when coming to Belize.

 

Belize Facts

The Entire country of Belize has a population of just around 300 000 people. It was known as British Honduras until 1973, when it’s name was changed anticipating independence, which finally came on March 11th, 1981. Guatemala still says Belize belongs to them. Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA). The motto is “Sub Umbra Floreo” “I Flourish in the Shade”. Ironic in the fact the British cut down all the big trees.

Biggest Attractions

Belize sits on the second largest reef in the world. Probably the most known spot on the reef is the Blue Hole. It’s an atoll of the most perfect blue you’ve ever seen. There’s loads of diving and snorkelling to be done up and down the Belize coastline.

Belize at one point in time was inhabited by nearly 2 000 000 Mayans. This means Belize is covered from one end to the other with ruins, temples and all sorts of artifacts. The most known of these sites are Actun Tunichil Muknal, Lamanai, Caracol, and Xunantunich. Many of the larger ones are in the Cayo District.

Belize is also known for it’s wildlife. The jabiru stork is one of the more interesting. You’ll also find ocelots, jaguars, monkeys, toucans, coatimundi and loads more. If you aren’t the type to head out into the Central American jungles, you can see most of the more interesting critters at the Belize zoo.

Cost of Living

In Belize Dollars
Gasoline 10.95
Gallon of Milk 15.00
Pound of Tomatoes 2.00
8oz beer 4.00
Cigarettes (local only) 5.00
Dinner for Two 45.00
Block of Cheese 11.00
12 eggs 3.00
Loaf of Bread 4.50
10 Bananas 1.00

Food and Drink

Food in Belize is not as developed as in some other places. The national dish is rice and beans with a couple pieces of chicken and potato salad on the side. Fryjacks are a nice breakfast thing. They are pretty much just fried flour tortillas that puff up so you can put things in them. You can also get a lot of food that would be considered more spanish like, papusas (El Salvadore), Salbutes, Garnaches, Tostadas, and of course there are always the street tacos. Straight from the cart to your belly. The fruit and vegetables is where it gets a bit more interesting. You’ll find, of course, the normal pineapples and papayas, but you’ll also find sour sop, custard apples, bell apples, numerous varieties of bananas, mangoes and avacado, sapodilla, black sapote, dragon fruit and bread fruit. It’s all pretty good. Veg wise you’ll find chaya, chayote, taro, coco yams, casaba and jicama. You could come to Belize just to eat strange produce.

Airlines Flying into Belize

Atlantic Airlines – American Airlines Continental – Delta – Maya Island Air Taca – Tropic Air – US Airways

Health & Emergencies

If you need a particular medication, no need to worry. In Belize you can get prescriptions filled with no problems and if you need something in a pinch you can usually find it. If you need emergency services, there is no 911. You’ll have to find a policeman or call the local police station.

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