Discover Hidden Gems!
Posted by Serena Hoffman on 10/09/2023 09:16 AM
Since living in Belize for more than 13 years, I have discovered a lot of little-known facts about this beautiful country I call my home that you won’t easily find on Google. So, let’s dive into a journey through unique traditions, natural wonders, and fascinating mysteries.
1. The "L" Symbol: Have you ever wondered what it means when you see a car or golf cart in Belize with the letter "L" on the front and back? It's a sign that the driver is new and still learning. So, if you encounter one, be patient and understanding on the roads.
2. Leisurely Dining: In Belize, it is considered impolite for a restaurant to bring you the final bill without your request. To ensure you have a relaxed dining experience, the waitstaff won't rush you. Feel free to ask for the check when you're ready to pay.
3. Brush Piles on Highways: If you come across a small pile of brush on the highway in Belize, it serves as a warning. It indicates a broken-down vehicle ahead, reminding you to be cautious and drive safely.
4. Mayan Splendors: With approximately 900 Mayan sites scattered across its lush landscapes, Belize is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts. Unearth the remnants of an ancient civilization and immerse yourself in the rich heritage that awaits at every turn.
5. The Jaguar Reserve: Nestled within Belize's pristine wilderness lies the remarkable Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the only dedicated Jaguar reserve in the world, offering a sanctuary for these majestic creatures and other diverse wildlife.
6. The Towering Wonder: Forget skyscrapers; Belize boasts its own architectural marvel. The tallest building in the country is not a modern edifice but a Mayan temple called Canaa, meaning "Sky Palace." Standing tall at 43 meters (141 feet), it showcases the ancient civilization's impressive engineering skills.
7. El Sisimito: Deep within the folklore of Belize resides a mythical creature known as El Sisimito. This mysterious being resembles Big Foot or Sasquatch, but with a twist. El Sisimito has no knees, backward-facing feet, and an appetite for human flesh. Legends of this creature continue to captivate the imaginations of locals and visitors alike.
8. A Small Wonder: Despite its modest size, Belize packs a punch in terms of natural beauty and cultural diversity. As the 48th smallest country in the world, its land area spans only around 22,965 square kilometers, comparable to US states like New Jersey and New Hampshire.
9. A Tapestry of Faith: Belize is a melting pot of religions, with approximately 16 different faiths coexisting harmoniously. From Christianity to Hinduism, Islam to Maya spirituality, this vibrant nation embraces diverse beliefs, contributing to its rich cultural tapestry.
We hope these little-known facts have sparked your curiosity and provided a glimpse into the hidden wonders of Belize.
If you’d like to schedule a call with me, I can offer you more information and answer any questions you might have.