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Belize for Gays and Lesbians - A Gay and Lesbian Guide to Belize

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Though it’s not exactly known for being gay-friendly (homosexuality is still illegal), Belize is a beautiful and somewhat under-discovered country whose residents are some of the most diverse in Central America. Though LGBT travelers should be discreet, the country’s ethnic and religiously diverse population emanates a general live-and-let live attitude; also, with one of the world’s lowest population densities, it’s not too hard to find a quiet corner where you’ll go unnoticed and unbothered. Belize is the only country in Central America whose official language is English (it was a British colony up until 1981), and Spanish, Kriol, and Mayan languages are widely spoken. There are sizeable Indian, Asian and German Mennonite populations throughout the country as well, and racial tension is surprisingly rare. Mayan women don’t drink at all and gay bars are essentially unheard of, so don’t visit expecting great nightlife. However, Belize is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to commune with nature and interact with more animals than people.
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