On various occassions we noticed that some of the locals were speaking a language other than English or Spanish. During our boat ride through the Belize River I asked our guide Aaron what language they were speaking and he said Creole, but not the New Orleans Creole.
He told us that his ancestors were slaves that learned to shorten the English words so they can communicate with each other without the Slave owners knowing what they were saying.
If you listen carefully you can definitely pick up on the conversation.
I've traveled all over the world and I've been fortunate enough to meet some really great peple but I would have to say that the Belizian people are some of the most friendliest and genuine people of them all.
While we were in Belize every single person we met were happy to speak to us and assist us without expecting anything in return, they didn't approah us or try to tout anything and they seemed so happy and content in their everyday lives.
Some of the examples of these genuine people: Our waiters at Redevous invited us the following day to a Beach BBQ because they thought we would enjoy ourselves; Brenda our guide during Ziplining was constantly assuring Miriam she was doing great, she was talkative, very friendly and above all, genuine in her intentions. She was so cute, even posing for me to snap this pic of her!!
Belize is the only country in Central America who's official language is English. Although English is the official language you will also find people speaking Spanish and Creole as well.
The people of Belize are a melting pot of different cultures from the neighboring countries espeically Haiti, Honduras, Cuba and Jamaica.
Foreigners who speak English will find Belize a wonderful country to visit since they dont' have to struggle with a language barrier.
Belikin Beer is the official Belizian beer and everywhere you go you will find it. It has a nice refreshing and not bitter or overwhelming.
I had my first Belikin on our way to our snorkeling adventure.
Really not a local custom in that it seems to atract mainly tourists but still fun. Every Wenesday on the beach outside the Spindrift Hotel a grid is set up and bets are placed. Then a checken is ceremonialy shaken and thrown onto the grid. You can buy a square and if the Chicken takes a dump on your square then you get the pot but you also have to clean up the square.
Chickens don't really go on comand so it can talk awhile and it is pretty funny to watch people cheer for a chicken to move around. If you're in the area it is worth the time to get a good laugh.
I have never met friendlier locals anywhere in Central America. If you say Hi! or Good Morning or Ola, They will respond in kind with a smile.
In Belize, they are very proud of their own Belikin Beer. Nothing beats sitting on a hot beach with a cold one!!
Don't pay extra for the imports - this is a very GOOD brew!!
They celebrate Carnivale in Belize. Ambergris Caye is not very big, but they had a parade, anyway. Everyone was so friendly...children were passing out flowers....it was great!!