Belize: Bountiful

Throw a rock in Belize and you’ll probably hit a Maya site. Some estimate there are 900 yet to be excavated. The Maya are known to have been present in Belize since 2000BC. They lived in coastal swamps, inhabited cayes, exploited the mountains, traded on rivers, and held ceremonies (sometimes sacrificial) in caves.

Today, the country is a bevy of gorgeous beaches, diverse cultural expression, and a variety of recipes and styles of food.

The content below was produced by travelers in our Road Warrior program, a partnership between MatadorU and the Belize Tourism Board.

Series Articles

4 caves to check out in Cayo, Belize

The best places to combine adventure and history in Cayo's caves.

Photo essay: How to make a Garifuna drum

The sound of the drum is used to establish the beat of the song and lead the singers.

How to become a good caver

These tips do apply to caving all around the world, not just in Belize.

A quick guide to speaking Kriol in Belize

“If it’s business, it’s English. But if I’m not getting’s Kriol.”

Quick guide: Belize's best beaches

Placencia is pretty much top-draw for beach bums...but there's much more.

The music of Belize

Brukdown makes me want to sway side-to-side in the way that old-school calypso does.

Photo essay: Summer festivals in Belize

In San Pedro I showed up two hours after start time and blended right in.

6 quick guides to Belize

On-the-ground reports of the good, the bad, and the ugly in Belize.

10 Maya sites in Belize

Throw a rock in Belize and you’ll probably hit a Maya site.

A food lover’s guide to Belize City

I buy a ripe mango and watch Mennonites sell watermelon, next to Creoles hawking chestnuts, alongside Mayans making corn tortillas.

9 organizations doing good in Belize

With all the diversity, I've noticed one common thread - Belizeans doing good.

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