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Fun and Awesome Facts about Belize
- The country changed its name from British Honduras to Belize in 1973. As a matter of fact,Belize originated from the Mayan word “Balix” meaning “muddy waters”. Belize generated from notorious names such as: Balis, Bellefe or Wallix.
- The countries most prized culinary delicacy is a rodent called “Gibnut”. After serving it to the Queen of England, it was dubbed “The Royal Rat! In addition to this famous local dish is the “Bamboo chicken” or iguana. When prepared the right way- it does taste like chicken!
- There are no American fast food chain restaurants in Belize. However, Belizean “fry jacks” are a breakfast bomb. Above all, rice and beans made with fresh coconut milk is a #1 popular staple.
- The National Animal of Belize is the Tapir or Mountain cow. This animal is related to horses and rhinoceroses, but looks more like a giant guinea pig with a short snout. As a matter of fact, tapirs are gentle lazy and actually likes to snorkel! They use their amazing snouts as tubes above the water to breathe.
- The tallest building in Belize is the Mayan pyramid “Canaa” (Skyplace) measuring 140 feet tall. Unlike other countries, Belize has sky scrapers dating back 1000 years ago!
- Placencia’s Side walk was created over 30 years ago as an easy passage way to transport fish due to the challenge of carry a wheel barrow through the thick sand. Fishermen used this side walk after their fishing trips to transport and sell. According to The Guinness Book of World Records, it is known as the narrowest street in the world! Over the years, the villagers extended the side walk making it an easy way to access the beach and other popular places.
- Belize’s official language is English. The main language spoken is creole; which is a mixer of tongues. It is very easy to learn since its closer to the English language. Other languages spoken in Belize include: Spanish, Garifuna, Maya and a few more.
- Belize is the only country in the world that has a Jaguar Nature Preserve containing 6 species of wild cats including pumas and jaguars. The Greatest campsites in Belize are in the Jaguar Preserve!
- Belize contains over 900 Mayan sites and is called the heart of the Mayan World. However, most Mayans migrated after the fall of the Empire, but left so much history behind. Archaeological sites all over Belize holds evidence of the amazing lifestyle of the intelligent Mayas.
- The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world, and boasts the largest Blue Hole on earth. The Blue Hole hosts over 500 species of fish and an incredible amount of coral species! Every year, thousands visit this reef to fish, snorkel and dive!
- Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio is the only suspension bridge in Belize, built in 1949. This bridge separates the twin towns in Cayo. Building this bridge was the final link to Belize City which was called the Western Highway; however, in 2013 it was renamed as The George Price Highway.
- Belize has one swing bridge located in downtown Belize City-since 1923. The swing bridge allowed fishing boats with tall masts to pass and deliver supplies and services up the Belize River. Three major hurricanes almost destroyed the swing bridge- slight repairs were made, and in year 2000 it was totally restored. The swing bridge stands today and is opened only on request.