Etiquette

  • Dress Apart from formal occasions, such as going to church, dress in Belize is generally very casual even when heading out to eat or for drinks. However, Belize remains a conservative nation and very revealing outfits may be frowned upon in some areas.
  • Greetings Don't be shy about making eye contact and greeting strangers on the street. Belizeans are friendly! The most common greeting is the catch-all 'Aarait?' ('Alright?'), to which you might respond 'Aarait, aarait?'
  • Queues Belizeans for the most part are firm in respecting queues. Where there is a turn system for services, respect the order. This is especially important at taxi ranks; while you may not be able to see a physical line, the drivers know whose turn it is, so ask before jumping into a vehicle.