There are few countries that glisten with influences of two distinct cultures. The Latin and Caribbean colors are reflected harmoniously in the tiny Central American nation of Belize. Once a colony of British Honduras, this land now basks in the glow of the tourism industry. It is bordered by Mexico and Guatemala on the west and washed by the warm waters of the Atlantic in the east.
It experiences a humid climate typical to tropical areas. Belize was tamed by the Mayan people in the past. Caribs followed them and mingled to give rise to the Garifuna (Black Caribs), an Afro-Amerindian culture. The British colonized the entire area, bringing English language and culture to lands and giving it the name it was known by - British Honduras.
The small state of Belize packs a lot of punch in terms of recreation and pleasure. One should to be prepared to spend at least a week to relish the stay. Once in Belize City, the capital, you have the option to head inland towards the monuments of ancient Mayan civilization or sample them in the museum. For those looking for speed, airboat rides in the marshes on the outskirts or cave-rafting are just the perfect activities. The Mayan ruins amidst dense forests rich in exotic plants are a wholesome experience. The sea, decorated with beautiful reefs, offers opportunities like fishing, swimming, snorkeling and diving. Scuba diving lessons are also given at select locations.
English being the official language, communicating is very easy. The essentials like bed, meals and trips are affordable with the Belize Dollar valued at half of US Dollar. The bus lines make your movement smooth within the borders and across. To get in or out, one may avail the flights and speedboats.
The staple diet of Belizeans is stomach-friendly. Rice, beans and chicken are cooked in a variety of ways and combinations to please the palate. Fresh citrus products are easily available. If one is a calorie-conscious traveler, one may try fruits like papaya, plantain, banana and pineapple in roadside markets. It is recommended to have plenty water to fight the tropical sun.
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Ta Marija Restaurant
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