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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Now more than ever, many of us long to be far away from the complications that come with living in a congested, urban environment. We dream of a place where our alarm clock is the sound of tropical birds chirping and our morning commute is to the backyard to pick fresh oranges.

When we talk about owning a slice of paradise in the tropical rainforest of Belize, most people think that it must be something reserved for the ultra wealthy or folks in the know. However Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is making this fantasy a reality for anyone interested in avoiding crowds and snatching up their own piece of  Belize’s beautiful and pristine Maya Mountains.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge sits on 600 Acres of prime, fertile land in the Sibun River Valley, surrounded by the Sibun Forest Reserve that is well over 81,000 acres of untouched and protected rainforest that will never be developed.

The Lodge is Belize’s top rainforest resort and masterfully combines upscale comforts with rugged outdoor immersion.

The real estate arm of the resort, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Estates, was born to give guests of the resort an opportunity to own a piece of the magic they discovered on vacation. 

The Sleeping Giant Rainforest Estates are only a 20-minute drive from the country’s capital, Belmopan, yet backs up to 81,000 acre nature reserve. This gives homeowners  the peace, tranquility and solitude they desire as well as easy access to the modern conveniences of Belize’s capital. 

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Estates also sits adjacent to the renowned Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, giving all homeowners access to it’s award winning restaurants, bar, pool, spa and other amenities. This makes for the perfect blend of off grid relaxation and top class dining and activities.

If owning a piece of Belize sounds good to you please CONTACT US for more information.


Known for having the largest living Barrier Reef in the world and ancient Maya Ruins that hold secrets deep within, discovering Belize has never been more exciting!


Enjoy the best of both worlds - Beach and Jungle - experience the diverse destination that is Belize. Explore untamed nature as you zipline through the lush jungle canopy and gain a bird’s eye view of the rainforest below. Dive alongside Whale Sharks anGazebo_Hike-20.jpgd witness a myriad of marine life and untouched corals! With a wide array of activities, Belize is a top family vacation destination.

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