Surface area : 8867.0 km2
Population : 307889 inhabitants
You can bring back hand-woven Indian textiles, earthenware pottery and wooden masks. However, avoid buying items made out of shells (combs, jewellery) in order not to contribute to the disappearance of sea turtles. Shops are open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 5.00 PM in the week.
Belize cuisine is simple, but of good quality. The traditional dishes consist of rice and kidney beans accompanied by pork or chicken. On the coast, try the fish (sea bream, shark) and the seafood (shrimps, spiny lobster, lobster). For small appetites, cakes, bread rolls (including banana bread) and sandwiches are abundant. The local beer is good, but do not forget to ask for it cold, as it is often served at room temperature.
Bargaining is common in markets, as the prices given wildly exceed the value of the items.
Avoid limiting your discovery of Belize to the "cays" (small islands). You would leave out the essential. Draw up a programme including at least one archaeological site and one natural reserve, before exploring the beds of the lagoon.