Belize lies south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, bordered on the west and south by Guatemala. On the east coast, from top to bottom, the Caribbean Sea laps its shoreline, and in some places the Barrier Reef is less than a mile away.
Belize was known as British Honduras before it became independent in 1981. It is small in size (23,000 sq. km., about ½ the size of New Brunswick) and population (approx. 300,000) but that makes it all the more manageable, all the more easy to make plans and get around the country.
Its topography ranges from sandy beaches to scrabbly flat lands, to lush rain forest and the Mayan mountains. Its people are a diverse mix of ethnic groups.
English is the national language of Belize and, while many Belizeans speak Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna and Creole, English is the language of instruction in the schools from kindergarten to university, so you shouldn’t have trouble communicating no matter where you travel.
Belize is a democracy based on the British Parliamentary system, the same as Canada and other former colonies of Britain. I’ve experienced first-hand 4 general elections and have be impressed by the campaigning and the electoral process.
Belize, as a former colony, also adopted the British legal system which is based on the premises of rule-by-law and innocence until proved guilty, which should comfort visitors with similar legal systems.
Belize is renowned for its scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, caving, hiking, bird- watching, eco-tourism and the Mayan ruins now called Mayan sites.
But you don’t have to be athletic or adventurous. If you just walk to kick back and enjoy the sun, sea and sand, Belize is a good place to do it.
Tourists and travellers we have talked to over the years praised Belize as a warm and friendly country where tourism has not brought with it social and economic blight.
ARE YOU READY TO BREAK OUT OF THE COCOON OF A PACKAGED VACATION AND TAKE ON A CARIBBEAN COUNTRY ON YOUR TERMS? ARE YOU READY TO GO ON LINE AND MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS AND PLAN YOUR OWN ITINERARY FOR YOUR FIRST ADVENTURE IN BELIZE?
LET ME HELP YOU PLAN YOUR FIRST TRIP. I’VE GOT SOME TIPS AND IDEAS I’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU AS YOU MAKE YOUR PLANS. AFTER THAT YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
DON’T BE A STRANGER. DROP BY THE CHEZ BELIZE FROM TIME TO TIME WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE INFO. ORDER OFF THE TAKE-OUT MENU WHATEVER APPEALS TO YOU AND AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT.
AND LET THE CHEF KNOW WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN AND WHAT NEW DISHES YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED.