About Belize - Part 3 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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On the return trip from the Guatemalan border, a left turn at Central Farm will take you to a ferry crossing of the Belize River, a memorable experience in itself. On the other side of the river is Spanish Lookout, the largest of several Mennonite colonies in Belize. The Mennonites are responsible for most of the commercial agriculture in Belize. Reflecting this, Spanish Lookout is a very picturesque community of small farms with virtually every staple of food and hardware available at the '''' FTC'''' , the Farmer'''' s Trading Center. The architecture is reminiscent of the Amish country in eastern Pennsylvania, but the folks here are much more liberal, using all of the latest consumer electronics, flashy motorcycles and vehicle cell phones. The local smorgasbord offers all you can eat for $5 and it'''' s more than worth the price.
South of Belmopan the Hummingbird Highway takes you to the towns of Dangriga (Stann Creek), Placentia. It also goes to the only beach resort on the mainland, Punta Gorda, and then Toledo, the centre of present day Mayan culture in Belize.
The Northern Highway takes travellers north from Belize City to the towns of Orange Walk and Corozal, a scenic seaside community just south of Santa Elena, the gateway town for visitors entering Belize from Mexico.
When visitors fly into Belize'''' s Philip Goldson International Airport or disembark from a cruise ship, they find themselves in Belize City, the largest city and the point of connection to virtually everywhere else in the country. Now, two of the city'''' s newest attractions allow tourists to discover Belize'''' s rich history, breathtaking scenery and diverse cultural landscape.
Located in the heart of Belize, Belize City is the country'''' s social and economic hub, alive with colour, culture and welcoming to visitors. Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America and prominently displays its British roots throughout the country. The genteel colonial charm, mixed with the modern day influences from Belize'''' s other cultural groups, including the Maya, Creole and Garifuna (African Caribes), is resonant throughout the streets of Belize City.
Old Belize is the newly built cultural and historical centre designed for visitors to experience the charm of Belize in one visit. The centre highlights the major ethnic groups, the industries that contributed significantly to Belize'''' s economic development, and Eco landscapes for which Belize is world renown. Visitors to Old Belize can enjoy a 45 minute entertaining tour. This will take them back in time to travel through realistic, life size re-creations of lush rainforests, dark caverns, towering Mayan temples and steam powered saw and sugar mills. The interactive exhibits ensure that visitors experience the sights, sounds and even tastes of Belize including the scent of the rainforest, the beating of the Garifuna drums and the sampling of the fruit of the Chicle tree.
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