Belize is a veritable melting pot of cultures and this is evident in the diverse range of cuisine and wide choice of international restaurants. Local specialities, which should not be missed, include the delectable Belizean burritos and stewed meat (usually beef or chicken) that usually comes served with a generous portion of rice and beans as well as some salad and fried plantain.
In areas that have easy access to the sea, such as the cayes, lobster can be found in abundance and at fantastically cheap prices. Served with potatoes or rice and vegetables and drizzled with garlic butter or mango sauce, this is a gourmet treat unlike any other. Skewers of meat and fish are also commonplace in restaurants across the country.
When it comes to sweet treats, Belize has an array of different options including soursop ice cream, which is famed for its tart flavour and for being an antioxidant. Cakes are also popular here, especially those that have been made with rum, the staple tipple of this small Caribbean country. Cashew wine is also a common drink and is served over cracked ice.
Safe eating while travelling in Belize
Food in Belize is generally fine, even from street vendors, however, exercising caution is recommended, as with anywhere in the world. If a place looks unhygienic then don’t eat there and if the food doesn’t look or smell right, stay away from it. This is particularly important in areas near the sea where restaurants tend to be very seafood-heavy.