Culture of Belize
We’re not exaggerating when we say there’s no cultural landscape quite like Belize. So whether you’re joining us for a vacation, honeymoon, retreat, or something else, we’re sure you’ll agree!
What Are Some Traditions in Belize?
Traditions in Belize are as diverse as the people and activities themselves. Our unique blend of traditions will, perhaps ironically, leave you feeling right at home.
The oral tradition is popular here, which means Belizeans are fond of folklore and storytelling. Some stories are educational, others are humorous or mystical, and some are even spooky! Stories tend to factor heavily at ancient historical sites and during day trips, so ask your tour guide to tell you more about the stories that interest you most.
The Garifuna are descendants of Afro-Caribbean, Arawak, and Kalinago people, bringing plenty of tradition to the tiny country. Experience the rhythmic drumbeat music, vibrant colors, and mouth-watering food of this culture on one of our day adventures to the Garifuna Museum!
Painting and Sculpture
Much of Belize’s arts scene is inspired by the traditional use of wood—it’s certainly evident in the handmade furniture and cabanas. If you’re especially curious about local craft-making techniques, we recommend the Living Maya Cultural Experience trip, which you can book through us.
Chocolate isn’t all we’re known for in Belize! Our very own Ms. Bo makes the best tortillas in the region—and it’s no wonder, given the recipe has been in her family for generations. So give our Traditional Tortilla Making adventure a shot while you’re here.
What Is Belize Known For?
Belize is truly a country like no other. We’re pretty small (our mainland is about 290 km), and we have the lowest population density in Central America. It’s our belief, though, that this leads to a more personalized, intimate experience. You’ll engage with the culture here in ways you would not in large, metropolitan countries.
Belize is home to Mayan ruins dating back as far as 1500 B.C. The ancient ruin sites of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit are not only perfect for history buffs, but great for casual visitors, too. We offer day trips to these ancient sites here at Cotton Tree Lodge, so come have the adventure of a lifetime!
With Belize home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, it’s no wonder that we’re a world-class fishing destination. Beginners, experts, and everyone in between should try their hand in this angler’s paradise!
Here at Cotton Tree Lodge, we offer various fishing excursions on the serene Moho River and in the surrounding sand flats. From fly fishing to sand casting, we highly recommend you set aside a day for one of our fishing excursions. What better way to experience the culture of Belize than by fishing under blue, sunny skies or deep in the jungle?
The Mayan goddess of fertility, IxCacao, is also known to many as the goddess of chocolate—need we say more? Book a day trip with us to the IxCacao chocolate farm and factory, and you’ll see why we’re known all over the world for our delicious sweet treats.
We’ve been hinting at this the whole time, but Belize is genuinely unrivaled in terms of natural beauty! The vibrant greens of the jungle and blues of the water are like nothing you’ve seen before. And just wait until you see one of our gorgeous, pink and purple sunsets—words can’t do them justice.
There’s no better way to experience the natural beauty of Belize than at our authentic jungle lodge, located 5 miles from the nearest paved road. Whether you’re hammocking near the Moho River or taking in the sounds of the jungle, this time to pause and reflect is truly a feast for all five senses.
We’re fond of saying that the best part of Belize is the people. Belizeans are known to be friendly, warm, proud of their heritage, and extremely hardworking. The handmade cabanas, furniture, and exemplary service are all thanks to our dedicated local staff.
We encourage you to take a moment to visit with the locals, whether at the lodge or in town. There may be a language barrier at first, but we’re sure you’ll forge a genuine connection. We’re all part of the family here, and that includes you!
Immerse Yourself in the Culture of Belize
Food. Music. Nature. Stories. The list of traditions that make Belize uniquely Belize goes on. We want nothing more than for you to experience those traditions and cultures with us.