Belize Local Customs

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Belize Local Customs

  • Barefoot

    Caye Caulker Local Customs

    I saw "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem" signs at several places around town. Life truly is laid back here - I know I keep using this phrase, but I can't think of a better way to describe it. People are just not uptight about anything, and it's wonderful. You can go barefoot everywhere here, including restaurants. For women, a sarong and swimsuit top...

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  • People

    Belize Local Customs

    Belikin Beer! My that sounds interesting, Would you like that in Lager or Stout my good man. Well actually I think I would like the stout tonight as it is such a nice beer warm or cold. Good choice if I do say so myself. Yeah I would definitely go with Belikin beer. The stout or lager come in the same, smart move, returnable bottles. So please...

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  • Tipping

    Belize Local Customs

    When travelling through Belize, do be aware that tipping is becoming more and more common, it's the usual 10% of your bill. Restaurants, taxi's, excursions and hotels are the standard places to tip for the service you got, but of course it is at your discretion, there will be no grudge held toward you if you don't tip. The people in Belize do not...

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  • 1 Barrel

    1 Barrel Rum is Belize's national drink. The winner of many awards, it is considered by many to be the finest rum in the Caribbean. It's a dark rum which is so smooth that you should drink it straight on the rocks. You can buy it in local supermarkets as well as at the airport's duty-free store.

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  • Drink em if you got em.

    Belikin Beer! My that sounds interesting, Would you like that in Lager or Stout my good man. Well actually I think I would like the stout tonight as it is such a nice beer warm or cold. Good choice if I do say so myself. Yeah I would definitely go with Belikin beer. The stout or lager come in the same, smart move, returnable bottles. So please look...

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  • ganjia

    Belizians consider themselves close relatives to Jamaicans. So with saying that ganjia is a relatively easy thing to obtain in Belize. It is not only frowned upon as well as not legal to use or obtain it for any reason recreational or religious in Belize it isn't hard to to. So if you want to try out the local culture some will probably ask you...

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  • Local Laundry

    The day after we arrived at the Trek Stop in the San Ignacio area, we asked the Belizian lady (Flora), who prepared meals in the kitchen, what was our best option to get our 13 days of laundry seen to. She said it was no problem to have one of the villagers in San Jose Succotz take care of it (US$6) and she would look after the details for us. That...

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  • Citrus Growers Paradise

    After travelling just over half-way along the Hummingbird Highway from Belmopan toward Dangriga, on the east coast, it became evident that this Stann Creek District part of the country was home to numerous large citrus groves. Along both sides of the highway, orange (mostly) and grapefruit trees stretched off into the distance, partially climbing...

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  • Mennonites

    Belize is a diverse country with a mixed population of 49% Mestizos (Spanish-speaking Mayan/European mix), 25% Creoles (English-speaking African/European mix), 11% Mayan, 6% Garinagu (escaped African slaves from Caribbean islands) and 9% others such as Rastafarians, East Indians and Mennonites.We saw this group of Mennonite women waiting for the...

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  • Stilt Houses

    In some ways, our arrival on Caye Caulker was almost like a flashback to the days when we lived in Papua New Guinea! During a morning walk along the eastern shore as we headed south toward the Airport area, we saw a number of beachfront properties that were built on stilts - and they looked almost like the house we lived in for 3 years on the other...

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  • Cashew Trees Everywhere

    The inland village of Crooked Tree is famous for its annual Cashew Festival, so it was no surprise to see these huge trees growing here and there around the village, including this one trying to take over someone's house!Originally found in northeastern Brazil, the Portugese colonizers of that part of South America exported it around the world to...

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  • Go Slow

    The lifestyle on Caye Caulker is very relaxed...another words do not expect fast service nor businesses to be open on time. It is somewhat rude to rush service people on the island, just allot enough time if you have to catch transportation or a tour. Be kind and slow down your pace of life on this island. I don't think the "Go Slow" signs are just...

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  • Where everybody knows your face

    Because Caye Caulker is so small, after a few days around town, you will get to know the faces you pass and they'll recognize you. At first, I did not think the island was friendly, but after a day of initiating hellos and waving to random people, the locals started recognizing us, which was very warming.There are many children around the island,...

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  • Tipping

    When travelling through Belize, do be aware that tipping is becoming more and more common, it's the usual 10% of your bill.Restaurants, taxi's, excursions and hotels are the standard places to tip for the service you got, but of course it is at your discretion, there will be no grudge held toward you if you don't tip.The people in Belize do not...

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  • Downtown Belize City

    The bridge in the background is the Swing Bridge, in the heart of Belize City. I didn't see it in action though.

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  • Slash & Burn

    We saw a lot of farmers & residents slashing & burning their fields and yards, especially around the San Ignacio area. Around San Ignacio there was always at least a hint of smoke in the air. And if you look out from a hilltop you'll see plumes of smoke all around. Later we found out why it's so prevalent. Our host in Placencia told us that to cut...

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  • The history of Ambergris Caye...

    The history of Ambergris Caye goes back to the days of the Maya and includes exposure to pirates and Mexican refugees who fled during the Caste War. The economy of the island was once dependent on the coconut and fishing industries, but is now dependent on tourism. In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The Marco Gonzalez ruins at the...

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  • There is no such thing as a...

    There is no such thing as a line in Belize. If you think you are in one, ten people probably just stepped in front of you on route to mob the counter. Pictured here is a member of the official welcoming comittee of the Belize Tourist Board. Ok. . . No. Though Belize has very low crime, officers like this one can be seen at checkpoints on the...

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  • The locals of Belize have a...

    The locals of Belize have a rich cultural mix of Afro-carribean, English, and Spanish ancestry. Although English is spoken everywhere, respect locals who talk Creole and/or Spanish only.

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  • Try hard to make some new...

    Try hard to make some new friends. You'll get a glimpse into a different culture. Belizeans live in conditions that we can't imagine, yet are still some of the happiest people i know. They showed me how to be truly happy with the simple things in life.

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  • they do this thing..the men...

    they do this thing..the men and boys, like hooting.. or whistling.. only more like a ssppppptttt.. like a snake.. they call you out.. dont giggle and look around.. stand tall and keep walking.. those are not always the best people to hang out with.. or do it back at them.. but that is an open invitation..

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  • Native Belezeans don't tip. I...

    Native Belezeans don't tip. I always tip 10% IF the service is acceptable. Do not be shy or aloof. they are very polite and friendly in the main. Beware huslters. Food is good and any water served will be okay to drink. Remember, this was British at one time and the people are very cognizant of hygiene.

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  • Too many tourists come off as...

    Too many tourists come off as 'rich Americans' by the locals, and the 'tourists' see nothing but the assumed poverty of the locals. This sometimes causes initial barriers. WE are all of the same material deep down inside, and once this is realized, you will find the most splendid of experiences awaits you, and maybe lifelong friends.

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