Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language, so even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll be fine explaining that you don’t want mayo on top or cheese sprinkled on your burrito. Plus, the people have an understanding of the vegan concept, so even if there is no vegan stuff on the menu, they can wrap something up for you.
There is a strong Mexican influence here, talking enchiladas, tortillas, burritos and the lot. However, there are some local specialties we enjoyed mucho:
1. Fried Jacks: not the healthiest choice, but sometimes it just has to be fried! The dough is without eggs and most shops have the black-beans-only-option. Hearty!
2. Local legend Marie Sharp: Hot sauce you’ll find everywhere. Vegan, local, HOT!
3. Journey Cake: some carbs, a bit dry. Put some Marie Sharp on it.
4. Porpusas: at streetfood stalls they prepare it right in front of you. Make sure it only comes with cabbage and beans (or else you end up with chicken or whatnot).
In San Ignacio make sure to visit Cayo Twist. It’s a local institution for over 13 years and they have vegan ice cream only, yeah!! Apparently they started because someone heared that soy milk is the healthier version than cow’s milk. Word spread and Today it’s so successful that people come from near and far and buy ice team by the gallon.
It’s a steep hike up the hill from the town (western Highway, right at the intersection), but it’s so worth it. The Oreo Sundae was pure bliss, but you’ll get all sorts of smoothies and mixed ice creams as well. Unfortunately only open after 5 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
Another place we liked a lot in San Ignacio is opposite the central market place (where local farmers sell their fresh veggies, coconuts etc on Saturdays), a small yellow wooden hut which advertises with vegan options. They are super friendly and we had a cheap and delicious lentil stew and a vegan lasagne. Good portions.
In Hopkins, we had a good curry at Tina’s restaurant, accompanied with a Garifuna Drum session that was quite entertaining (but a conversation killer, don’t come here on your first date!)