I got a surprise when I first stepped into Belize. After more than 4 months in Mexico, my Spanish was getting quite decent. Thus, when I got to the border, I was proud to speak Spanish. I talk to the custom officer with a big smile until she dryly and unfriendly tells me: 'In Belize, we speak English.' Ah! Euh! Sorry.
I had not read anything on Belize, and I thought the official language was Spanish as in the rest of Central America. During y visit of Corozal Town, some young Rastafari were greeting me with 'what's up.' Wow. I had the feeling of not being in Latin America anymore.
I sat on a park's bench and I read the introduction to Belize... It's an ancient British Colony. Nowadays, the ethnic diversity is obvious; Mestizo, Creole, Maya, Garifuna, Indian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arab. Corozal Town, like many other towns I visited, seems poorer than comparable towns in Mexico. In fact, the country seems poorer, despite the fact that the cost of life is a lot higher than in Mexico.
Cerro Maya is the only Mayan site of Belize on the seashore. The temples were built around 50 BC.