Belize Archive

The Secret of Vanilla

What is Vanilla? Vanilla, a staple in the kitchen and a scent that reminds many of warmth and cookies, is often thought of only as the small black beans that are scraped out of vanilla …

Whale Sharks in Belize

In Vietnam, it is known as Ca Ong, or “Lord Fish,” and is considered a deity of the seas. In the Philippines, it is called a butanding, while most of Latin America refers to it …

Who are the Garifuna?

In 1635, two Spanish slave ships shipwrecked off the coast of St. Vincent, a Caribbean island just north of South America. The slaves who survived the disaster—mostly from West Africa—took refuge on the island, and …

The Spider Monkeys of Belize

Spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) are one of the largest New World monkeys, they get their name from their tendency to stretch like a spider high up into the trees. They are easy to recognize with their …