Whenever I travel I make sure to carry extra cash and have additional space in my bags for cool souvenirs. However, many times due to being overwhelmed by options or due to time constraints, I end up buying ridiculous souveniors that no one wants. That’s super annoying, right?
Related: Belize guide, know before you go
During your trip to Belize you’ll witness a wide variety of keepsakes and fortunately, I’m here to help by providing a short list of the best Belizean souvenirs you can take home. From rum, beers or chocolate, to wooden bowls and amazing Mayan baskets, here’s a list of 10 must have souvenirs you should buy when visiting Belize.
1. Mayan basket
My favourite souvenir is a Belizean Mayan basket. Basket weaving is an old tradition of the Mayan women of Southern Belize and each basket has a unique and intricate design that took several days to make.
2. Local Carvings
Local artists create amazing carvings out of exotic woods or slate. I love wood carvings but it can be expensive, slate is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly option.
One Barrel rum is sweet, spicy and super delicious – it is considered the best rum in Belize.
Belikin, Belize’s national brew is the perfect souvenir for beer lovers. You can choose either a lager or stout.
5. Hot Sauce
Marie Sharp’s hot sauce is unbelievably good! Once you’ve tried it, you’ll notice why it’s considered one of the best in the world! There are several flavours and heat levels.
Maybe its just me but nothing is more relaxing than laying on a hammock and drinking a nice cold beer or cocktail! Buy one so you can try it at home 🙂
7. Wood Tableware
My favourite wood tableware is Zericote salad bowls but colourful spoons and cutting boards made of various native woods are also great!
8. Local Music
Belizean music is unique in many ways and buying CDs is a great way to support local artists. Most gift shops have a wide variety of options.
9. Garifuna drum
Garifuna drums can be an awesome new instrument to learn but are also a very nice decorative keepsake. I gave my sister a drum and since she’s a teacher in Canada, she often takes it to class and gives the kids lessons.
Share the Maya’s passion for cacao and try Belizean Chocolate! If chocolate ain’t your thing, what about coffee?
I dare you to say that you don’t want a shirt that says: “You better Belize it!” (haha)