Belize

Belize (known previously as British Honduras) is very pretty but somewhat difficult for a free-range tourist to find things due to a low amount of signage. This is offset by the friendliness of the people I met. Going through immigration on the way in was slow due to my not realizing that my passport had to be stamped for both me and my car, and then the car stamp voided on the way out. Also, Belizean car insurance is needed and a sticker posted on the front windshield. This wasn't mentioned in my guide books, but those seemed to emphasize flying in.

Belize is known for its wildlife and birds. Apparently all this attention has given some birds a sense of self-importance and they insist on being carried around. It was cool to see a wide variety of brightly colored and different sizes of birds.


City Hall in Belize City, the one-time capital of Belize. The city is walkable, with a fairly simple layout. It's bisected by Haulover Creek which is crossed by the Swing Bridge. The bridge is the world's oldest manual swing bridge.


A typical street in Belize City. There are some interesting buildings reflecting the country's past. The city is part residential and part commercial.


I just love lily pads, especially when they are blooming. I stopped by this pond for a picnic lunch during my drive through the countryside.


I had only seen toucans in pictures and on cereal boxes. I always thought they were bigger, they are about the size of a large parrot (based on my seeing a total of 1.) The toucan is the national bird of Belize.


Just a view of a pretty scene in the interior of the country. Much of Belize is still natural, but there are small towns along the roadways to stop for a drink or a snack.


 

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