2017-07-14 / Travel

Experiences worth remembering

#7 Belize, a fourth visit
By Warner M. Montgomery Warner@TheColumbiaStar.com


The Haulover Bridge in Belize claims to be the last manually operated swing bridge in the world. Those walking-by open the bridge for boats to pass. The Haulover Bridge in Belize claims to be the last manually operated swing bridge in the world. Those walking-by open the bridge for boats to pass. I have been to Belize four times: 1973, for Christmas vacation; 1976, via motorcycle from Columbia; 1996, Christmas vacation with Linda and friends Janice and John; and 1998, to study Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. Needless to say, I like Belize.

Belize was a British colony, British Honduras, from 1862 until independence in 1981. The government is based on the British parliamentary system.

Queen Elizabeth II holds the symbolic title Queen of Belize. A prime minister runs the government.

The official language is English, but Spanish is used everywhere. I always found Belize to be a tropical paradise where black, white, Creole, Hispanic, and Indian people speak English, love Americans, and use the U.S dollar.

The nation, 1/3 the size of S.C., borders Mexico and Guatemala and is mostly of marsh and tropical forests. Off its coast is the world’s second largest barrier reef.


During my later visits to Belize, I stayed in this hotel that had an excellent restaurant for backpackers. During my later visits to Belize, I stayed in this hotel that had an excellent restaurant for backpackers. Belmopan was created as the capital of Belize in 1970 and is now the third largest town in Belize. The U.S. embassy was officially opened there in 2006.

I always found the immigration officials curiously friendly. For example, a sign advised arrivals to “ Use Toi let Before Immigration.”



The Prime Minister of Belize has an office in the Government House in Belize City. It was built to plans by the British architect Sir Christopher Wren. The Prime Minister of Belize has an office in the Government House in Belize City. It was built to plans by the British architect Sir Christopher Wren.

I stayed in this hotel in Belize City in 1973. I stayed in this hotel in Belize City in 1973.

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