Having previously never thought too much about this tiny Central American country, I didn't quite know what to expect when I entered Belize. But as it turns out, Belize felt completely different from Mexico and its neighbors, and it surprised me in many ways.
First of all, as you can tell from the map of our stay in Belize, there's a ton we didn't see of Belize, especially the coastline. Belize is most famous for its barrier reef, islands, atolls, and beaches, none of which Tim and I visited.
This may sound awful, but at the time, we were a little jaded of touristy and pricy beach spots, having just come from the Yucatan. Instead, we were interested in getting to know the heart, culture, and history of Belize. And so, during our brief stay, we remained inland.
My top 5 favorite things about Belize
5) A melting pot of cultures
3) Delicious Food
2) Welcome to the Jungle
1) Incredible Mayan Ruins
Some of my not-so-favorite things in Belize were:
All in all, despite its tiny size, Belize is a country that packs a lot of culture, history, and beauty into its borders. It felt like it was its own island, separated from the rest of Central America by language and identity. It was unique, diverse, and proud, and it was always a surprise around every turn.
Though we could have easily gone straight from Mexico into Guatemala without ever stepping foot in Belize, I am thoroughly grateful that we took the time to explore this dynamic country, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something special, relaxed, refreshing, and beautiful.
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