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If you’ve decided to travel to Central America I bet you’re in the process of downloading Google translate. What you might not know is that you don’t need it if you’re traveling to Belize. While the vast majority of Central America is Spanish speaking Belize is a former British colony making its official language – you guessed it, English! This doesn’t mean you won’t hear some interesting phrases during your stay. Belize’s geographic location is unique to say the least. As a part of both Central America and the Caribbean you’re likely to hear Spanish, and the famed Belizean Kriol during your everyday activities.

In order to truly immerse yourself in the authentic culture of Belize you have to know the words and expressions of the country which is why we’ve brought you a crash course on KRIOL!

 Mawnin – Also known as “Good Morning” is the perfect way to start your day!

 Bwai — Much like “boiz” bwai is an endearing and friendly way of referring to any male. “Bwai, thank you!”.

 Gyal — Is used in the same context, but for females. “How are you, gyal?”.

 Gwen — No, not the name. We mean where are you going? Or can be used to say I’m going. “I gwen tomorrow”.

 Coh — If you’re going then you must be coming back at some point. Coh is also commonly used to say  “come here”.  “Coh over tonight”.

 Lee — Lee is the perfect word to describe something that is small or short. “Pass me the lee cup”. 

 Puppy Foot — Someone who loves to travel! “Kayla puppy foot!”.

 Rich — Ever had a meal that was too good for words to describe? Well let me tell you that food was rich!

 Bashment — Ever heard of a wild party? Well, welcome to the basement! 

 Set it up!This term is key for anyone looking to party often used to describe setting up a meeting or hangout.

 Nice Up — Chances are at the party you might get a little tipsy or as Belizeans like to say nice up! 

 Goma — After a long night of drinking chances are you’ll have a hangover or goma.

 Yuh Di Stin — If you have the perfect outfit on chances are yuh di stin! “Stin” is also used to describe “sting or stung”. 

 Weh di goan?When talking to a friend you might want to ask “What’s going on?” “What’s up?” “What’s the plan?”. 

 Cho!Sometimes the perfect word does not exist to describe your disbelief and shock, but the perfect sound does!

 Lick Road — Let’s hit the road. “Mek we lick road to Sleeping Giant!”. 


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In 1973 British Honduras officially became known as Belize. The origin story or stories of the name “Belize” remain obscure; but today we’ll explore some of the interesting theories historians and locals have made.

The popular consensus is that Belize is derived from the Mayan language. For those of you new to Belizean history the Mayas are the indigenous group of Belize. So, theory one! In Maya the word “Balix” translates to “muddy waters” which one can assume refers to the Belize River. Perhaps with some Spanish influence Balix was transformed to Belize. Likely? I would like to think so, especially when you consider the Mayan pronunciation of the letter “x”. The “X” carries a soft “sh” sound like in “slush”. “Balix” would then sound like “Balish”. The second theory involves the Mayan word “Belikin”. Yes, Belikin like the beer of Belize! Belikin simply means “the land facing the see”. Once again from one pronunciation to the other the Spanish Conquerors could have easily transformed Belikin into Belize – a bit of a stretch? I agree!

If it isn’t complicated enough there is one last theory. In 1638 a buccaneer by the name of Peter Wallace is believed to have created a community at the mouth of the Belize River. It is believed that Wallace named the area after himself. However, the Spaniards could not pronounce the “W” in Wallace and replaced it with a “V”. Thus becoming “Vallis” and eventually becoming “Balise”.  This theory has some historical context that is believed to validate the claim.

Plot Twist! Records recently published by the Belize Archives & Records Service show that Belize was derived from a combination of the poorly translated Mayan word “Balis” and the last name “Walis”.

It doesn’t matter where the name “Belize” came from because today Belize is The Jewel of the Caribbean. The Jewel is a melting pot of culture, a home for wanderers, and an un-Belizeable experience. If you’re lucky enough to land on its shores you’re sure to fall in love with its crystal clear waters, never ending jungle, and the one of a kind people.

 Belize just became one of the lucky few countries that have managed to get a handle on the new coronavirus. 

On Tuesday, May 5th, Belize officially joined a list of only eleven countries to report zero active cases of COVID-19 after battling the deadly virus.

So how did Belize, one of the last counties in the region to import a COVID-19 case, become among the first in the world to rid itself of it?

Some of Belize’s inherent characteristics are being regarded as contributing factors in stopping the spread of the virus that brought the entire world to a halt. 

If you have ever been lucky enough to travel to this beautiful tropical destination, a few things may have stood out to you:

 

Belize is Young.

A recent study by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that age may play a significant role in not only the severity of infections but also people’s susceptibility of contracting the new coronavirus. The average age of the Belizean population is just 22.4 years old! Because the average Belizean is barely older enough to buy themself a cocktail at your neighborhood watering-hole its citizenry seems to have been far less affected than countries with older populations like Italy where the average age is more than double at 45.1 years of age.

Belize is HOT!

This makes Belize the perfect place for beachcombers, drinks in hand, to hang out for hours. However preliminary research indicates that this hot climate may be less than ideal for pesky viruses to hang out. The less time a virus is able to cling to a shared surface, the less likely it will be able to find another host to latch on to. 

Belize is Secluded.

Those who have spent time traversing Belize by car will be familiar with long stretches of road surrounded by pristine rainforests, savannas, and mountains with very few inhabitants in sight.
While this often makes for awe-inspiring commutes, it is also a major factor in impeding viruses that rely on human to human contact in order to spread. The population density of Belize is 37 people per square mile. That means on average you would find fewer people in a square mile of Belize, than you would at your local Walmart. Compared to places like New York City where 27,000 people inhabit every square mile it is easy to imagine why transmission rates would be far less in Belize.

 

Belize however has not come out of this crisis completely unscathed, its economy has been hit especially hard due to its reliance on international tourism, despite this fact though, the overall sentiment on the ground is thankfulness. 

Belize is thankful, now more than ever, for wide-open spaces, for warm weather, for all the young Belizeans who will remember this pandemic only as a speed bump on the road to a brighter future. 

Thankful because we know that all the natural beauty that has made Belize one of the world’s best destinations isn’t going anywhere, it will still be here, waiting for you.

 

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The Central American/ Caribbean nation of Belize is fast becoming one of the most visited destinations in the region. The newest international airline to announce flights to Belize is Sun Country Airlines out of Minneapolis Minnesota, in the United States of America (USA). On Wednesday, September 5th, Sun Country confirmed via a press release that it will start its services to the Jewel on December 22, 2018.

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Sun Country Airlines also added St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean to its growing network. Tickets for the first seasonal non-stop flight services to Belize from Minneapolis/St. Paul can be booked by visiting www.suncountry.com.

The new direct flight will offer roundtrip flights on Saturdays from December 22, 2018, to April 20, 2019.

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Sun Country’s Vice President, Ben Brookman says that ‘Belize used to be considered a best-kept secret among travelers. Now that the secret’s out, we’re excited to help curious travelers experience it for themselves.’ Brookman added that they hope to continue offering Minnesotans affordable non-stop services to even more vacation hot spots as they continue to expand their routes.

Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board, is thrilled with this new development. “This new non-stop flight marks our farthest reach into the upper Midwest, an area of the United States that can really benefit from easy access to a tropical Belizean vacation when winter comes,” said Bevans. “We appreciate Sun Country for further supporting our thriving tourism industry and providing more curious travelers with seamless opportunities to escape to Belize.

Sun Country Airlines is a privately-held company based in the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the USA. They are an award-winning airline specialized in leisure travel, providing flight services to more than 50 popular destinations across the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean. Sun Country is popular for offering world-class services at affordable rates. The airline also offers charters and vacation packages that include flight and hotel stays. Flights to Belize may be booked at www.suncountry.com.

Article taken from The San Pedro Sun Newspaper with information provided by Sun Country Airlines

Belmopan City, April 26th, 2017: On Tuesday, April 25th, 3 Belizean Chefs under the The Belize Collection Hotel Group & Adventure Company represented Belize as judges at the 3rd Annual “Gastronomic Festival Guatemagica” in Retalhuleu, Guatemala.

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Since the start of the Guatemagica Gastronomic Festival in 2015, the aim has been to expose and promote the proper use of raw material produced in the municipality of Retalhuleu in signature traditional dishes of Guatemala. Participants of the festival were asked to develop local gastronomy as a tourism product; to promote the tourist attractions offered by Guatemágica but most importantly to promote the culinary culture in Guatemala.

Representing Belize for the very first time at this years’ event were Chef Oscar Adan Reyes, Chef Rahim Melendez and Chef Indeira Duran individually representing Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, The Lodge at Jaguar Reef, Almond Beach Resort and Villa Margarita. This high level culinary event brought together participants from all over Central America with very esteemed chefs carefully judging the competition. Participants were asked to expose their skills and creativity in presenting unique dishes made with local products such as: Güisquil, Suchile, Miel Organic, Jocote and Marañón.

According to Chef Adan, “We are honored for such a great invitation and experience. Activities such as “Guatemagica” leave us in awe as this inspired us as young Belizean chefs to continue cooking using our local products of Belize. As this was our first Culinary Food Festival Event, we look forward in continuing to represent The Belize Collection and in extension our country Belize in many more Culinary Food Festivals within Central America bringing full exposure to what Belize has to offer as a unique destination inviting all to discover how to be!” If you would like more information about this topic, please contact our Marketing Department at (501) 822-3851 or email at [email protected].

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Bird watching is a favorite activity on the Central Coast of Belize, because you never know what you might see.

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Meet the Meat Pie Man of Belize City. They say his call is just as satisfying as his delicious treats.

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In Belize street food is an art form, and this Orange Walk taco stand doles out one delicious masterpiece after another.

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Brukdown, Garifuna, Marimba, Punta: you haven’t heard music until you’ve heard Belizean music, my friend. Check out these Punta Gorda drummers bringing the ???.

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Part farmer, part philosopher, part superman: Meet Eladio Pop, the most energetic cacao-grower in Toledo, Belize.

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Belize is more than just a sandy beach or drinks by the pool… and this delightful new tourism campaign by the BTB shows you exactly how different and amazing Belize really is.

Here’s the first in a series of videos that give you a glimpse into this “Curious Place” called Belize.

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