Bites and Stings in Belize

Thousands of people dive in Belize’s Caribbean and hike its forests every day of the year without incident. This guide is only to let you know what’s out there, not to scare you into remaining in your resort.

Language in Belize: Speaking Belizean Kriol

Kriol is the first thing you’ll hear when you arrive in Belize—the accent, the intonation, and the sentences that chop away at articles and verbs. Here are some key words and phrases to get you started with the language.

Festivals and Events in Belize City

September is Belize’s golden month, with three weeks of festivities celebrating the country’s independence. Learn more about Belize City festivals in September, as well as events to plan for (or around) during the rest of the year.

Glover’s Reef Atoll in Southern Belize

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glover’s Reef Atoll is an 80-square-mile, nearly continuous ring of brilliant coral, flanked on its southeastern curve by five tiny islands. Read on for information about diving, snorkeling, accommodations, and more.

Recreation and Water Sports in Placencia Village, Belize

There’s no shortage of guide services in Placencia, where most tour operators offer service to all nearby destinations: snorkeling and fishing trips with lunch on a beautiful caye, visits to ancient Maya ruins, and a variety of paddling tours. Here’s some helpful information about great companies offering recreational activities in the area.

Population Diversity in Belize

An extraordinarily diverse yet tiny population allows Belizeans to be doubly proud of their heritage—once for their family’s background (Maya, Creole, Garífuna, Mennonite, etc.) and again for their country. Here’s an overview of Belize’s diverse demography.