Hi Peaches!! As many of you know, I completed my very first ever solo trip and luckily, it was an absolute success! Seriously, if you know me I really have the worst luck in the world so to say I was nervous going into this would be an understatement. I wasn’t nervous for the obvious reasons that some people might be when traveling solo. For example, I knew I wasn’t going to feel lonely or have trouble meeting people or any of those things. In fact, I was extremely ecstatic to be able to be alone in complete seclusion. I was more nervous just about the traveling process, my flight being canceled or going to the wrong airport things like that. But good news everything was allll smooth! Then beyond that, all of the things that people say about why solo traveling is so great proved to be completely true, no exaggeration. You really gain a sense of liberation, independence, confidence, all of those things!
Well, enough about my specific feelings and experience…let’s get to the basics of Belize!! To start, most people don’t even know where this perfect little country is located. Belize is situated right in between Mexico (being in the North) and Guatamala (being to the West and South). Originally, the British occupied this territory so it used to be named the British Honduras and is actually the only primarily English speaking country in Central America!!
However, Belize’s history is even more interesting and diverse than that. If we go back to before the British occupied it, this place was the center for the Mundo Mayans. This is still evident now a days where there are tons of ruins standing and visible. Besides all of this, Belize is home to hundreds of tiny islands that they call the Cayes, situated in the Caribbean. Because of this, there is plenty of Rasta culture as well. So between the British ties, the Mayan History, the Spanish and African culture, and the Caribbean vibes, this island had what I would have to say is the coolest and most diverse elements of culture that I have experienced yet.
One of the places that this was most evident in was the food! “The Garinagu people, descendants from West Africa, settled along Belize’s southern coast and brought with them their plantains and cassava. Proof of Caribbean culture? Coconut rice and beans is sold on every corner, alongside a tasty stew of your choice.” Belizeans even love fried chicken and ketchup and Sundays are for barbecuing. I was in heaven. One of their other specialties in conch shell. This is served in many different ways but two of the most common are as ceviche or soup. I tried it and was hooked!
Another thing that most people don’t know is that Belize, or this part of Central America I should say, is home to the second largest barrier reef. Providing the ultimate snorkeling and scuba experience. This also adds so much to do in Belize, lots of people do several different types of fishing, swimming with the sharks/manatees, boat tours, kite/wind surfing, fly boarding, etc.
I didn’t quite have time to go snorkeling or diving but one thing I did do is skydive!…
This was my second time jumping or skydiving but let me tell you- it was THE BEST! My last view was NOTHING compared to this one over the Caribbean and island of San Pedro.
To say I had the time of my life on this trip would be a complete understatement, the island spoke to me in a way that no other place has. My post graduation plans may just be changing 😉 …