The charming village of Placencia lies in the south at the tip of the peninsula, where the visitor will find the greater concentration of coffee shops, bistros, internet cafes, bars, a variety of guest accommodations, guest houses, banks, local restaurants and the harbor.
Looking for Belizean souvenirs? Top 10 include Mayan baskets, an old tradition of the Mayan women, local carvings made out of exotic woods and slate, Belize’s One Barrel Rum, Belikin – Belize’s national brew, Marie Sharps hot sauces – sold worldwide, hammocks, wooden tableware made from various native woods, unique Belizean music, Garifuna drums and local chocolate.
Like the neighboring parts of Guatemala and Mexico, this area was settled for thousands of years by the Maya people. They are still here, an important part of Belize's people and culture. This small English speaking country enjoys a diversity of ethnicities (Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, Mennonites to name a few…) While the Spanish Empire claimed the area in the 16th century, the Spanish made little progress in settling here.
The British settled first on the coast and offshore islands for logging. In 1798 British Belizean forces defeated a Spanish attempt to drive them out in "the Battle of St. George's Caye", whose anniversary is still celebrated as a holiday each September. Belize became its own county in 1981.
Belizeans make a living by the natural resources of their country. The primary business is agriculture, and other industries include garment production, citrus concentrates, sugar refining, rum and beverages as well as the growing tourism industry.
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Belize is the ultimate melting pot of cultures and this diversity is reflected in Belizean food and drink, making Belize food some of Central America's most varied, with a wide choice of restaurants. Rice and beans, usually cooked in coconut milk, is a major staple, often served with stewed meat, chicken or fish.
Other popular foods include ceviche, conch fritters, fryjacks, garnaches, falmaau (coconut milk & fish), hodut. Citrus plantations are numerous, so fresh oranges and grapefruits are abundant. Local vegetables and fruits, pineapples, papayas, bananas and plantains are also grown and can be found in roadside markets.
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