The People and Culture
The extraordinary diversity of Belize’s tiny population (320,000) allows Belize to be doubly proud of their heritage—once for their family’s background (Maya, Creole, Garifunau, Mennonite, etc.) and again for their country. The mestizo (mixed Spanish and indigenous descent) population has risen to about 50 percent of the country’s total, with Creoles making up about 25 percent, Maya 10–12 percent, Garifuna 6 percent, and others 9 percent (200 census).
Here’s a bit of background about Belize’s diverse demography, but keep in mind that every one of these groups continues to mingle with the others, at least to some extent, ensuring continuing creolization.
© Joshua Berman and Avalon Travel from Moon Belize, 9th Edition