10 Fascinating Facts About Belize To Inspire Your Next Vacation
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Belize is a small country located on the eastern side of Central America. Known for its world-class scuba diving and Mayan sites, this beautiful nation is full of rich culture, friendly faces, and fascinating history.
According to travelbelize.org, the first people to develop Belize were the Maya around 1500 B.C.E. As shown in archeological records, they established a number of settlements here. These include Caracol, Lamanai and Lubaantun. Belize has about 900 Mayan sites that you can still visit today.
RELATED: The Most Beautiful Airbnbs In Belize
Belize is the only English language-speaking country in Central America. While English is the official language of Belize, Kriol is the language that many locals speak.
The Belizean people are made up of Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese.
Belize has an annual average temperature of 84 degrees. You can enjoy some cool relief from the constant coastal breeze as well as some shade from the jungle and rainforest.
Getting around Belize by horse is a common mode of transportation, and for a small nation, they have a well-planned highway and road system that connects all mainland towns, villages and attractions.
Belize has the first Jaguar reserve in the world, known as Cockscomb Basin Wildlife sanctuary.
The Great Blue Hole is the largest sinkhole in the world at around 984 feet across and 410 deep. It has become a world class destination for divers to explore the stunning coral formations and active marine life.
Rice and beans are staples in Belize cuisine and you can expect to eat some form of them with every meal. Stew Chicken is another favorite. It consists of a mix of spices and tender chicken. Served with the rice and beans and a scoop of Belizean potato salad, stew chicken is enjoyed any time of day.
The islands in Belize are called Cayes (pronounced “keys”) and total around 450 including those on the outer atolls.
The former capital Belize City was nearly entirely destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961. Following this destruction, the capital city was moved to Belmopan. With just over 12,000 inhabitants, Belmopan is the smallest capital city in the World.