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The Welcoming & Friendly Island Culture of Ambergris Caye

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on Nov 29, 2012 4:00:06 AM
Valeria Espinoza

Grand Bayman has wonderful property options in a friendly island community. Those looking for a second home or retirement living in a tropical paradise will find the diverse culture in Belize is welcoming. Newcomers will soon fit in to their new home on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye off the northeastern coast of Belize in Central America.

Brief Country History

Mayan people lived in Belize from about 1500 BC. The civilization lasted through around 800 AD. When the conquistadors of Spain came through, they declared Belize a colony. Since no civilization was found in the mid-1600, settlers came in from Scotland and England as well as pirates who were called, "Baymen."

Soon the settlers had a successful logging industry going. Still, the country did not become a colony until the mid-1800s for fear of Spain who controlled Central America. Then, Belize remained a colony until it received its independence in 1981.

Belize and its Culture

Here are some of the most important elements that mark this successful society in the tropics of Central America:

Diversity - When it comes to the culture found in Belize, the society has a friendly mix of international influences. Spanish, Native American and Lebanese as well as English and Chinese are only some of the many different cultures that blend together under the balmy sun and tropical breezes.

A Friendly Society - Courtesy is always greeting with a warm, "Hello," anyone that a person has met as least once. Once two or more conversations have taken place between individuals, the two of them are on first name basis and should use the first name when greeting like, "Hi, Juan!" The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. Still, children are expected to treat elders with respect in the way they address and answer them.

Belize and Sports - The country has league teams for both basketball and soccer, and the locals follow these sports avidly. Softball, canoeing and other sports have some popularity. Of course with the barrier reef so close to the shore and islands, many residents go out snorkeling and scuba diving as well as fishing. These and other outdoor sports are a part of many days off from work and holidays.

Local Food - The fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally are always available, and corn as well as rice and beans are common for lunch and dinner. Dutch cheese, British-style meat pies and seafood of all types are also common.

Music in Paradise - While drama and dancing has been a part of the culture found in Belize, music is popular as well. The Brukdown that is like Calypso came from loggers in the jungle. The African and Caribbean influences brought in another music style that is called, Punta. Reggae and Calypso are similar to Punta.

The friendly and diverse culture in Belize draws people in from all culture and makes them feel like they belong. The beautiful Belizean island of Ambergris Caye welcomes those looking for a place to call home.

To learn more about how you can own a piece of this lovely island for yourself, visit www.grandbaymen.com.

Topics: Belize Culture

Valeria Espinoza

Written by Valeria Espinoza