Although Belize has a small population of fewer than 400,000 people, it is home to one of the most diverse societies in the world. Several different cultures call Belize home, yet all of them co-exist peacefully with one another in a remarkable example of a melting pot society.
Some of the cultures you will find in Belize include:
Several hundred years ago, enslaved Africans intermarried with indigenous islanders to form the Garifuna culture. After a failed uprising against the British, the Garifuna fled west, landing on the shores of Belize some 200 years ago.
Today, the Garifuna are renowned for their unique foods, dance, language, and music.
After fleeing religious persecution in Europe, the German-speaking Mennonites made a new home in Belize. Today, this unique culture is renowned for its dairy products, cattle, and finely crafted furniture.
Descended from enslaved Africans who were brought in by the British to perform agricultural work, today, the Creole are one of the largest group in Belize. Many Creole speak both standard English and a unique local dialect sometimes spelled “Kriol.”
Originally brought in as manual workers, the Chinese population in Belize has a long history. In order to escape persecution, the Chinese moved to the larger towns and cities where they set up a number of entrepreneurial enterprises.
The descendants of the ancient culture that built the pyramids, palaces, and temples that dot the landscape, the Maya have successfully preserved many of their age-old traditions.
Expats and real estate investors love the fact that Belize is such a small country where everyone gets along. The warmth and hospitality of the Belizean people make it easy to get along with everyone, and the variety of cultural experiences available is a true asset.
An expat named Jim from California recently moved to Belize and had this to say:
“This is a beautiful country with beautiful people. If we could offer you one final word of advice,” Jim says, “It would be this: When you come here, embrace what Belize has to offer. Embrace the country and the way of life it offers. And adapt. Don’t bring the United States with you. Come here to discover Belize. Come with an open mind and an open heart. Belize will reward you with the adventure of your lifetime.”
Belize is a subtropical nation where wildlife abounds. If you are interested in enjoying an adventurous retirement, Belize might be the right place for you.