Belize is an international treasure trove of tastes, specialties, styles and traditions from cultures across the world. Belize offers Caribbean food as a gateway to Central America with flavors composed of diverse and delicious blended influences. Kitchens yield uniquely delectable dishes to reward your palate. Explore our flavors and plan your flavor excursions as you Savor Belize.
After a relaxing day on the beach or an adventure amidst mystical Maya temples, the must-try for you, whether you have previously visited Belize or are a newcomer: the traditional food staple of “rice and beans” served with stewed or fried chicken, beef or fish. Accompanied by potato salad and fresh fried ripe plantains, this dish is served at most restaurants throughout Belize.
While local cultures tout their favorite traditional dishes, there is no denying the country’s love for seafood. While fish like grouper, red snapper, conch and shrimp are plentiful and common, lobster is surely the most celebrated. With lobster festivals on several islands at the beginning of lobster season, traveling at the right time can yield fresh lobster from the sea in every dish imaginable.
Many hotels and restaurants have successfully turned traditional Belizean staples into gourmet masterpieces. The annual Taste of Belize competition is growing in popularity with award-winning Belizean chefs eager to take you on a culinary adventure.
What’s more, other authentic food experiences can be sampled through factory tours. Among them:
Belikin Brewery – See where Belize’s most popular beer – Belikin – is made. From the malt to the hops, visitors gain an exclusive look at the brewing process. After the tour, enjoy a complimentary, ice-cold brew at the Belikin Brewery’s pub.
Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory – This is the one for the chocolate lover your group. Get a unique look (and taste!) of chocolate making in Punta Gorda.
Hot Mama’s – Fine habanero hot sauces, gourmet sauces, pepper jelly and other Belize food come from the foothills of the Maya Mountains in Unitedville Village in the Cayo District at mile 60 on the Western Highway.
Marie Sharps – This is the best way to experience one of Belize’s most popular condiments. Marie Sharps is quickly becoming known across the world for her authentic, all-natural hot sauces. Your tour will begin amidst the fresh air and lush habanero plants outside the facility.
Tour Traveller’s Liquors – Here’s a chance to sample the flavors, learn the secrets and live the tradition at the Heritage Center at Traveller’s Liquors. Among the stars of the show is the vintage edition rum.