They say you can travel the world and you’ll never find anywhere as welcoming as home, but we don’t quite think that’s true. As locals in Belize, we’ve often met visitors returning for 15, 20, 25 years and counting, or those who’ve made Belize their ‘I live where you vacation’ locale as second-home owners. Earlier this year, Conde Nast Traveller asked their readers to vote for the countries they consider to be home to the friendliest people in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. This is how Conde Nast Traveller readers voted, landing Belize as number 8 for Friendliest Countries in the World.
“Described by educator and civil advocate Sebastian Cayetano as “the melting pot of Central America,” Belize is a country with a rich variety of cultures, traditions, and histories. Many visitors take advantage of the perfect snorkeling surrounds, heading to Belize Barrier Reef to see the coral garden, heading underground to explore the caves, dripping with flora and fauna, or paying a visit to Hopkins Village, on the coast of the Stann Creek District, where you’ll be able to see cassava bread being made (it takes two days to prepare) and hike the waterfalls at Bocawina National Park.”
After all, much akin to the ecosystems that flourish here, the ethnocultural landscape of Belize is rich, vibrant, and diverse. That diversity is no coincidence to Belize named one of the friendliest countries in the world.