Originally called British Honduras, Belize is one of the few English speaking countries in the northwestern part of the Caribbean. As it’s original name implies, although first declared a Spanish colony in 1506, it was ruled by the British from 1862 until its independence in 1982. Although its financial, legal and language are traditionally British by nature, the country has little to show for its colonial rule. Despite its 500 years of colonial rule, a visit to Belize will leave visitors with a greater appreciation for its Mayan heritage than any other. Mayan ruins are found throughout the country and Creole is the  unofficial native language. Over half the population is  multilingual with Spanish being the second most common spoken language. The country accepts US$ and has an easy exchange rate of 2 Belizean$ for every 1 US$.

Like most visitors, I flew into Belize City. Belize City is home to Belize’s main airport and its cruise ship port. What a...

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