From the moment one arrives in Belize – whether an adventure traveler, part of a family trip or in the country for a relaxing beach vacation – Belize people and culture make one feel welcome and comfortable.
In Belize, traditions and customs are varied and represent more than eight diverse cultures. For generations, the people of Belize have demonstrated a cultural commitment to preserve the country’s unique charms.
This enduring promise to the land, the waters and visitors inspires all to achieve a genuine and intimate connection to a variety of extraordinary experiences.
Truly a melting pot of colorful personalities, Belize’s 300,000+ residents are the country’s greatest resource for tourism. The Belizean people are made up of Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese.
There also are a number of expatriates in Belize from Canada, Europe and the United States . A blending of cultures has resulted in one of the happiest and most peaceful countries in the region and a widespread reputation as one of the world’s friendliest tourist destinations.
In Belize (formerly British Honduras), English remains the official language, but the most diverse language in Belize is Kriol (Belizean Creole). Other languages spoken include Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish and Maya.