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Made in Belize
For such a little country, some of Belize's products pack a punch. Below is a list of possible souvenirs.
If the cost of shipping doesn't break your budget, the low-slung folding "clam chairs" are a favorite and made from the region's tropical hardwood. Hummingbird Furnishings. Hummingbird Furnishings uses bamboo, wicker, and rattan, sometimes mixed with mahogany, for indoor and outdoor furniture. 54 Hummingbird Hwy., Belmopan City. 822/3164. www.hummingbirdfurnishings.com.
Gallon Jug Estates in Orange Walk District is the only commercial coffee producer in Belize (and it is small, with only about 100 acres of coffee plantings). Made with only arabica beans, Gallon Jug coffees are shade-grown and don't use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Whole-bean and ground coffee, packed in colorful gold and green, can be bought all over Belize.
Belize Brewing Co. Ltd.. With a virtual nationwide monopoly on beer, Bowen & Bowen's Belize Brewing Co. Ltd. is one of the country's most profitable businesses. Perfect for sipping on the beach, there are four beers to choose from: Belikin lager, with 4% alcohol; Belikin Premium, also a lager, with 5% alcohol; Lighthouse, a pale lager, with 4.2% alcohol; and Belikin Stout, a dark beer with 6% alcohol. Some cruise-ship and Belize City tours include a stop at the Bowen brewery, with a half-hour tasting of the beers. 1 King St., Belize City. 227/7031. www.bowenbz.com.
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