We arrived in Belize, on Monday 26th March. The journey from Mexico to Belize was relatively easy; we hopped onto the overnight ADO bus from Tulum, Mexico and arrived at the border crossing near Chetumal at around 3am.
The immigration process was very easy but we were grateful to be on a bus along with other people for our first land crossing.
At the border we got off the bus and had our passports stamped out of Mexico, we then re-boarded the bus for a 2 minute drive down the road to the Belize border.
Here we descended again taking all our bags and went through customs, no payments were needed to enter and we were lucky enough to not have any checks done to our backpacks, which was a blessing as we were not really awake enough to have had to unpack and re-pack.
From the border the bus proceeded to Belize City, where we arrived at about 7.30am at the main bus terminal. At this point we had no local currency and were not aware of the wide-spread acceptance of US dollars so we decided to head into the centre to find a cash point before crossing to Caye Caulker.
The first thing that struck us upon arriving in the country was how strange it was to be in Central America but be speaking English!
The second observation we made was how relatively empty the place felt, with a population of 350,000 for the whole country you do have a feeling of vast open spaces, despite being able to cross the country in day.
The third thing we noticed about Belize, and probably why loved the country so much was the variety of cultures in such a small area.
As we travelled around we discovered that Belize is split up into regions of 4 key cultures: Mayan, Creole, Garifuna and Belizean. So much so that when on the coast you feel like you are in the Caribbean, with reggae beats and laid back attitudes but when you move further inland you feel closer to what Central America should be like and almost feel like you should be speaking Spanish.
The best thing about this variety of culture has to be the food. So far Belize has offered us the best and tastiest food we have ever had. With fresh fish in abundance this is the country for sea food lovers, our only disappointment was we were here outside of lobster season!
In fact the only downside we could find to Belize was the price. Unfortunately as Belize is an importer and not a producer everything other than bananas, coconuts and fish is expensive.
In fact we found it almost on par with UK prices; with food costing around 2/3 of what it does back home, which is a shame as we would have loved to stay longer as the hospitability is second to none!