I have always thought of Belize to be a little bit devoid of culture. There is not a lot history because the country has only been independent since 1981, so there is not a tremendous amount of culture. There is no symphony, no opera, no theater, there are not a lot of these cultural elements that you might experience in some older nations like the US, Mexico, or Guatemala.
For the most part, the trait that most commonly comes to mind would be in regards to their joie de vivre. People love to live here so they are always up for a barbeque, a beverage, a get together, a party, etc. That “live before you die” kind of attitude, for me, is what really makes this place special. I think that is not just Ambergris Caye, but Belize in general. They are always up for that. That makes people a little bit nicer and more open. This is one of the main elements that drew me here as opposed to other places.
Here in Belize, you are seeing real Belizean people everyday and your interacting with them everyday. People are in no rush here. They don’t care about the hustle and bustle; there is no such thing in Ambergris Caye. We live at a different pace here. Things always get done but it is not at the same kind of dog-eat-dog world speed that we are used to in the US.
(Lobster caps on Lobster Fest participants in Ambergris Caye, Belize, picutred.)