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More than Rice and Beans;
Explore the Culinary Delights throughout Belize

Everything Belize - A Collection of Words

More than Rice and Beans;
Explore the Culinary Delights throughout Belize

Everything Belize - A Collection of Words

One of the joys of travel is discovering local cuisine, tasting the local treats and dishes that make up a vital part of the nation you’re visiting. Belize is synonymous with warm, friendly people and absolutely delicious food. From treats found roadside during a road trip to the elevated, gourmet cuisine of restaurants, Belizean food is infused with culture, history, warmth and spice. 

One of the joys of travel is discovering local cuisine, tasting the local treats and dishes that make up a vital part of the nation you’re visiting. Belize is synonymous with warm, friendly people and absolutely delicious food. From treats found roadside during a road trip to the elevated, gourmet cuisine of restaurants, Belizean food is infused with culture, history, warmth and spice. 

A typical day of meals in the life of Belizeans covers a range of delights such as meat pies, tacos, fry jacks, flour tortillas with eggs, avocadoes, cheese or some combination thereof for breakfast. Lunch can be fresh fish, stewed chicken, the classic rice and beans (Belize’s unofficial national dish), or white rice and stewed beans, a side of greens, even curries and vegetarian stews. And don’t be surprised if even in the heat, a delicious hot soup lands on the menu! Dinners often feature leftover stews or meats with an accompaniment of tortillas (corn or flour), maybe freshly baked bread. 

A typical day of meals in the life of Belizeans covers a range of delights such as meat pies, tacos, fry jacks, flour tortillas with eggs, avocadoes, cheese or some combination thereof for breakfast. Lunch can be fresh fish, stewed chicken, the classic rice and beans (Belize’s unofficial national dish), or white rice and stewed beans, a side of greens, even curries and vegetarian stews. And don’t be surprised if even in the heat, a delicious hot soup lands on the menu! Dinners often feature leftover stews or meats with an accompaniment of tortillas (corn or flour), maybe freshly baked bread. 

Celebrations bring out the ethnic cuisines known to make any gathering special: escabeche, relleno, chimole, tamales, ducunu, pibil, hudut, cohune cabbage. For Belizeans, a hearty, delicious meal is a celebration in and of itself. 

So again, when visiting, we highly recommend that you take the routes that will keep your taste buds singing all the way to your destination. Let’s drive down the Hummingbird Highway on our way to Umaya Resort in Placencia, shall we? 

While you get the car started and meander down, let’s review a bit. Belize is often referred to as a ‘Melting Pot’ of cultures. See, even when discussing nationalities, we’re thinking food! And yes, Belize is home to an extraordinary mix of beautiful people and ethnicities who have brought with them their traditional cuisine and over time, have become as much as staple to the country as our rice and beans. 

Celebrations bring out the ethnic cuisines known to make any gathering special: escabeche, relleno, chimole, tamales, ducunu, pibil, hudut, cohune cabbage. For Belizeans, a hearty, delicious meal is a celebration in and of itself. 

So again, when visiting, we highly recommend that you take the routes that will keep your taste buds singing all the way to your destination. Let’s drive down the Hummingbird Highway on our way to Umaya Resort in Placencia, shall we? 

While you get the car started and meander down, let’s review a bit. Belize is often referred to as a ‘Melting Pot’ of cultures. See, even when discussing nationalities, we’re thinking food! And yes, Belize is home to an extraordinary mix of beautiful people and ethnicities who have brought with them their traditional cuisine and over time, have become as much as staple to the country as our rice and beans. 

Besides the Garifuna, Mestizo, Maya, Chinese, East Indian, Creole, and Mennonite, the country is home to quite a number of Central American expatriates. From Honduras to Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, many settled in the Western region and have become a wonderful part of our colorful community.  

On the road to Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, you’ll pass through the idyllic village of Armenia, home to Pupuseria Beatriz. Pupusas are the Salvadoran national dish. Similarities to a corn tortilla are that it’s made with corn flour. These babies are thick, often stuffed with cheese, beans, chicharron or some other meat. Cooked up on a hot griddle, they are served with a tangy slaw and red sauce. Pop into Pupuseria Beatriz and taste a little bit of El Salvador on your road trip. There is nothing like biting into a freshly made pocket of cheesy goodness, topped with a cooling slaw and sauce to balance it all.  

Besides the Garifuna, Mestizo, Maya, Chinese, East Indian, Creole, and Mennonite, the country is home to quite a number of Central American expatriates. From Honduras to Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, many settled in the Western region and have become a wonderful part of our colorful community.  

On the road to Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, you’ll pass through the idyllic village of Armenia, home to Pupuseria Beatriz. Pupusas are the Salvadoran national dish. Similarities to a corn tortilla are that it’s made with corn flour. These babies are thick, often stuffed with cheese, beans, chicharron or some other meat. Cooked up on a hot griddle, they are served with a tangy slaw and red sauce. Pop into Pupuseria Beatriz and taste a little bit of El Salvador on your road trip. There is nothing like biting into a freshly made pocket of cheesy goodness, topped with a cooling slaw and sauce to balance it all.  

As you continue driving down one of the most scenic highways, you’ll realize maybe one pupusa wasn’t quite enough. Lucky for you, Bertha’s Tamales await you. A now-iconic red & white building, Bertha’s is home to some of the tastiest wrapped bundles of goodness. Tamales in Belize are made with corn dough/masa, filled with a recado-tinged sauce known as k’ol (cull), bone-in chicken cuts, then folded and wrapped with a banana leaf. A running joke told by countless guides involves a tourist being introduced to the Belizean tamale. After lunch wraps up, his guide asks him what he thought of the meal, and the visitor replies, “The inside was really tasty, but I thought the lettuce was quite tough!” 

So, word of advice, don’t be that guy! Remove the smoked banana leaf used to wrap the tamale for steaming. With locals taking road trips just to indulge in a couple of these tasty bundles, Bertha’s simply closes when they run out. Here’s hoping you make it. 

As you continue driving down one of the most scenic highways, you’ll realize maybe one pupusa wasn’t quite enough. Lucky for you, Bertha’s Tamales await you. A now-iconic red & white building, Bertha’s is home to some of the tastiest wrapped bundles of goodness. Tamales in Belize are made with corn dough/masa, filled with a recado-tinged sauce known as k’ol (cull), bone-in chicken cuts, then folded and wrapped with a banana leaf. A running joke told by countless guides involves a tourist being introduced to the Belizean tamale. After lunch wraps up, his guide asks him what he thought of the meal, and the visitor replies, “The inside was really tasty, but I thought the lettuce was quite tough!” 

So, word of advice, don’t be that guy! Remove the smoked banana leaf used to wrap the tamale for steaming. With locals taking road trips just to indulge in a couple of these tasty bundles, Bertha’s simply closes when they run out. Here’s hoping you make it. 

If you don’t think you’ll catch Bertha’s (no speeding!), comfort yourself with some of the freshest, tastiest ice cream you can from Country Barn. Just a few miles before Bertha’s, this dairy farm is known for its rich homemade ice creams, especially coconut and soursop. Their iced coffees and shakes also hit the spot and can tide you over as you make your way to your destination. 

If you don’t think you’ll catch Bertha’s (no speeding!), comfort yourself with some of the freshest, tastiest ice cream you can from Country Barn. Just a few miles before Bertha’s, this dairy farm is known for its rich homemade ice creams, especially coconut and soursop. Their iced coffees and shakes also hit the spot and can tide you over as you make your way to your destination. 

Once settled in at Umaya, be sure to enjoy some elevated cuisine using fresh ingredients and drawing inspiration from all things Belizean. Restaurante Laguna, with its gorgeous setting on the lagoon, provides stunning vistas while you sip on a craft cocktail and decide on which tasty delight you’ll have. Pastas, fresh seafood, even a scrumptious sorrel red wine rib eye if you’re feeling fancy, will cap off an incredible day of delicious meals.  

Once settled in at Umaya, be sure to enjoy some elevated cuisine using fresh ingredients and drawing inspiration from all things Belizean. Restaurante Laguna, with its gorgeous setting on the lagoon, provides stunning vistas while you sip on a craft cocktail and decide on which tasty delight you’ll have. Pastas, fresh seafood, even a scrumptious sorrel red wine rib eye if you’re feeling fancy, will cap off an incredible day of delicious meals.  

Truth be told, these places mentioned don’t even begin to cover the many hidden gems throughout the country. We always encourage our visitors and friends to buy that bag of sliced fresh fruit from the vendors along the way. Taking a few minutes here or there to stretch one’s legs while browsing the fruits in season is a great way to see the real Belize; her true, authentic vibes. If there is one way to bring people together, it’s with food. You may not understand the language or dialects as you move from place to place, but you can understand sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy and umami. And in Belize, we have spades of those to spare. Let’s eat!

Truth be told, these places mentioned don’t even begin to cover the many hidden gems throughout the country. We always encourage our visitors and friends to buy that bag of sliced fresh fruit from the vendors along the way. Taking a few minutes here or there to stretch one’s legs while browsing the fruits in season is a great way to see the real Belize; her true, authentic vibes. If there is one way to bring people together, it’s with food. You may not understand the language or dialects as you move from place to place, but you can understand sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy and umami. And in Belize, we have spades of those to spare. Let’s eat!

in lak'ech massage & beauty spa

beauty

mayan cacoa, cinnamon body scrub

$123

Exfoliate dead skin using natural ingredients that leaves your skin smooth & rejuvenated. With a short Full Relaxing Body Massage.
60 Minutes with massage

mayan cocoa honey body wrap

$147

Pampering will begin with exfoliation with our Cocoa sugar Scrub. Chocolate Honey will then be applied all over your body. While the wrap is setting drift off with a head & foot massage then end your treatment with a relaxing full body massage. Enjoy a Blended Fruity Non Alcoholic Drink to end your experience.
90 Minutes

hydrating facial

$92

Exfoliate & moisturize your skin. Includes cleansing, exfoliation, steam & gentle extraction where needed. A Relaxing short Hand and Foot Massage. 60 Minutes

manicure / pedicure

$62

Hands or Feet are groomed, massaged & polished. Final touch of Head Massage /Neck Relaxer. 45 minutes Manicure $50, 60 minutes Pedicure $60

leg waxing (45mins)

$86

under arms waxing(20mins)

$43

brazilian waxing(45mins)

$85

upper lip waxing(20mins)

$19

bikini waxing(30mins)

$68

massage

relax & unwind

$92

An eclectic combination of Swedish massage and therapist acquired technique. Pressure & technique will be tailored for your individual needs with a final 10mins Foot Massage… 60 minutes $75 / 90 minutes $90

deep tissue massage

$111

Similar to our relaxation massage with deeper pressure & concentrated on areas of tension and pains. Enjoying 10mins of smooth Facial Massage. 60 minutes $90 / 90 minutes $115

hot stone massage

$105

The touch of the therapist’s hands combined with hot stones improves circulation, soothes aching muscle & produces deep state of relaxation. Enjoy a Fresh Bowl of Fruits. 60 minutes $85 / 90 minutes $115

head, back and shoulders

$98

Designed to relieve stress & tension from these specific areas:
And enjoy a Refreshing Blended Fruity Non Alcoholic Drink. 60 minutes

foot & leg massage

$98

A relaxing massage for tired legs & feet.
Enjoy a Blended Non Alcoholic Drink or Pretty Polish. 60 minutes

mayan belly massage

$123

60 minutes

prenatal relaxing massage

$123

60 minutes

For last minute bookings contact the front desk at Umaya Resort

All prices are in USD and subject to government sales tax of 12.5% and resort fee of 10%

the ultimate Placencia experience

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Dinner

appetizers

RICOTTA-BALSAMIC BRUSCHETTA

us 6 | bz 12

Crumbled Mennonite ricotta sprinkled on a toasted baguette of balsamic drizzled
vegetable medley.

SQUASH & COCONUT SOUP

us 8 | bz 16

Roasted organic squash pureed with freshly squeezed coconut milk served with
sweet potato crisps.

FISH FRITTERS

us 10 | bz 20

Fresh-caught fish bites tossed in Belikin beer batter and fried to a crispy golden
finish, served with a habanero aioli dipping sauce.

WATERMELON ARUGULA SALAD

us 10 | bz 20

Organically grown arugula tossed with our house balsamic dressing, toasted peanuts, topped with crumbled cheese on a bed of sweet watermelon slices.

CEVICHE DE CAMARON

us 12.50 | bz 25

Lime-cured diced shrimp tossed with onions, tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro. Served with spiced corn tortilla chips.

add to soups, salads or pasta

Chicken

shrimp

us 3.00

us 4.50

bz 6.00

bz 9.00

entrees

PASTA POMODORO

us 12 | bz 24

House made classic pomodoro tossed with fresh-picked herbs and linguini,
topped with freshly grated Parmesan.

BBQ PORK BELLY

us 13 | bz 26

Roasted pork belly glazed with our signature BBQ sauce, served with homemade flour tortilla, refried beans, and pico de gallo salsa.

Steamed whole Snapper

us 20 | bz 40

Today’s catch rubbed in local spices, wrapped in plantain leaves, steamed, and served with cilantro rice.

SHRIMP & EGGPLANT PESTO SA LAD

us 18 | bz 36

A medley of grilled eggplant, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes brushed with
basil pesto, sprinkled with crumbled Mennonite cheese and topped with juicy grilled shrimp.

CATCH OF THE DAY

us 22.50 | bz 45

Pan-seared fresh caught fillet of fish served with potato mash, grilled vegetables, and a sweet and tangy pineapple salsa.

Sorrel Red Wine Rib Eye

us 31 | bz 62

Prime cut of rib eye steak spiced with crushed peppercorn, smoked salt, seared in herbs, garlic, and butter (cooked to your requested temperature). Accompanied with pesto potatoes, coconut oil-perfumed greens, and signature sorrel red wine reduction.

Chimichurri Beef Tenderloin

US 28 | BZ 56

Local cut of grass fed beef tenderloin grilled to perfection served with toasted cumin mashed potato, balsamic arugula and fresh Chimichurri sauce.

Coconut Smoked Sea Salt Fish Fillet

US 23 | BZ 46

Fresh catch of the day, spiced with our homemade smoked sea salt, organic coconut oil perfume and seared to perfection. Served over a bed of wild rice and cream of spinach.

Camarones al Mojo

US 19 | BZ 38

Farm shrimp sautéed in spices, freshly squeezed orange juice, minced garlic, and herbs. Accompanied with a bowl of mushroom and spinach brown rice.

Skillet Pollo Asado

US 14 | BZ 28

Quarter cut of pre-marinated chicken grilled to perfection. Served with seared garlic, broccoli and roasted diced potatoes.

All prices are subject to 12.5% GST and 10% Resort Fee

lunch

Starters

TAQUITOS DE PUERCO

us 10 | bz 20

Slow-cooked pulled pork leg in a warm handmade corn tortilla topped with
pickled purple onion curtido.

CEVICHE DE MARISCOS

us 12 | bz 24

Lime-cured fish and shrimp chunks tossed with onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and
cilantro, served with spiced corn tortilla chips.

CEVICHE DE CAMARON

US 12.50 | BZ 25

Lime-cured diced shrimp tossed with onions, tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro. Served with spiced corn tortilla chips.

Seafood Fritters

US 11 | BZ 22

Fish, shrimp, and organic vegetables tossed in our homemade beer batter and fried golden. Served with a mango chipotle dipping sauce.

Potato & Cheese Fried Ravioli

US 9 | BZ 18

Potato and cheese stuffed handmade ravioli, fried golden and served with freshly made oregano tomato sauce.

Salads

GRILLED VEGETABLES & PEANUT

us 10 | bz 20

A medley of grilled broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes
drizzled with our house balsamic dressing and topped with toasted Belizean peanuts.

MARKET SPECIAL

us 10 | bz 20

Crisp romaine lettuce and our mix of Chef selected market finds tossed in
house dressing.

CITRUS ARUGULA & ALMOND SALAD

US 11 | BZ 22

Fresh slices of oranges, julienne purple onions, crushed toasted almonds, baby arugula drizzled with our homemade vinaigrette.

add to salad

Chicken

shrimp

us 3.00

us 4.50

bz 6.00

bz 9.00

sandwiches

CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN

us 10 | bz 20

Bread crumb-crusted chicken breast fillet, golden fried, topped with a cilantro cabbage
slaw on a warm homemade bun served with potato fries.

CHEESE & PESTO VEGETABLES

us 11 | bz 22

A grilled medley of market-select vegetables brushed in our fragrant basil pesto and
topped with crumbled Mennonite cheese inside a homemade bun and served with
crispy potato fries.

LA LAGUNA CUBANA

us 14 | bz 28

Thin slices of smoked pork leg, warm glazed ham slices, pickled cucumbers,
Mennonite cheese on a homemade bun served with potato fries.

LA LAGUNA BURGER

us 16 | bz 32

Perfectly grilled “Cayo” ground beef patty topped with melted Mennonite cheese,
crispy pork bacon, and cabbage slaw on a house-made coconut bun, served with potato fries.

ENTREES

QUESILLO & CHICHARON PUPUSAS

us 9 | bz 18

Santa Maria Village pupusas filled with locally made quesillo cheese, refried beans,
and ground Belizean pork cracklings served with a tomato salsa and escabeche cabbage slaw.

CHILI PORK BELLY RICE BOWL

us 12.50 | bz 25

Chef’s signature chili sauce glazed over crispy pork belly served on a bed of
coconut white rice.

SHRIMP PASTA ALFREDO

us 18 | bz 36

Pan-seared farm-raised shrimp and linguini pasta tossed in classic Alfredo sauce
and dusted bacon bits served with toasted baguette slices.

CATCH OF THE DAY

us 20 | bz 40

Herbed butter catch of the day fillet and grilled market vegetables served withfried potato chips.

SHRIMP BASKET

US 13 | BZ 26

Shrimp strips tossed in olive oil, seasoned flour and fried golden. Served with seasoned potato fries and mango chipotle dipping sauce.

FISH & CHIPS

US 18 | BZ 36

Fresh fish fillet battered in Belikin beer batter, and fried golden to perfection. Accompanied with seasoned potato fries, balsamic vinegar and  mango chipotle dipping sauce.

Pez Frito

US 19 | BZ 38

Fried whole snapper served with traditional rice and beans, fried plantain, coleslaw and homemade habanero pepper sauce.

Sunday Dinna

US 12.50 | BZ 25

Traditional stew chicken rice and beans, coleslaw, fried plantain and fresh habanero pepper sauce.

All prices are subject to 12.5% GST and 10% Resort Fee

Breakfast

JOURNEY CAKE BREAKFAST SANDWICH

us 7 | bz 14

Poached egg, crispy bacon, creamy hollandaise on a warm Belizean journey cake.

TROPICAL CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

us 9 | bz 18

Plain Mennonite yogurt, homemade granola, seasonal tropical fruits, fresh-baked
cinnamon roll, toast served with tropical homemade jam and whipped butter.

FARMER'S OMELET

us 9 | bz 18

Sauteed organic vegetables and yellow Mennonite cheddar and 2 free-range eggs,
served with toast

TROPICAL FRUIT PANCAKES

us 9 | bz 18

Fluffy pancakes topped with seasonal fruits caramelized in cinnamon and brown
sugar served with local bacon.

BELIZEAN BREAKFAST

us 9 | bz 18

Coconut oil refried beans, scrambled eggs, pork sausage, served with a side of light,
golden fried jacks.

BREAKFAST BURRITO

us 9 | bz 18

Warm handmade flour tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, refried beans,
Mennonite cheese, served with fresh cream and pickled habanero curtido.

SIDES

toast

Eggs

fried jacks

pork sausage

bacon

us 1.25

us 1.75

us 1.75

us 2.50

us 2.50

bz 2.50

bz 3.50

bz 3.50

bz 5.00

bz 5.00

All prices are subject to 12.5% GST and 10% Resort Fee