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Belize's Top Travel Blogger: Meet Lorenzo Gonzalez from BelizeAdventure.ca

Lorenzo Gonzalez 1/1/2020 42 minutes

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Lorenzo Gonzalez is one of the original Belize travel bloggers. He runs the popular BelizeAdventure.ca blog that provides useful and relevant content for all travelers to Belize. If you've done any online research about Belize, you've probably come across his blog. Lorenzo is a native of San Ignacio Belize, and now resides in Toronto Canada after emigrating to further his education. He visits Belize often, and continues to write about Belize and promote Belize throughout the world in his spare time. Most of his blogs are personal experiences with honest advice for travelers to Belize. In this episode he visits the Belize Travelcast studio during his visit to Belize in December and talks about some of his favorite things to do in Belize.

Surprisingly, Lorenzo tells us that visiting the Saturday market in San Ignacio as one of his favorite activities to do in Belize because that's where you get to experience the Belizean people and culture. The San Ignacio market is one of the best farmers market in the country. If you visit San Ignacio, you MUST visit the market. The popular days are Fridays and Saturdays, but it is open 7 days per week although weekdays are not as busy and don't have as much vendors. Lorenzo mentions that when you visit Belize, you must try the traditional Rice and Beans, traditional Garifuna Hudut, and fresh fruit juices.

His other favorite activities are visiting the ATM cave, and Snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley.

On his recent visit to Belize, he flew over the world famous Blue Hole, went fishing in Hopkins with Get to Know Belize Adventures, Sunset Sailing in San Pedro with Tuff Enuff Tours, and snorkeling at the Hol Chan marine reserve.

Lorenzo invites you to visit his blog and read his 10-step travel guide to Belize at https://www.belizeadventure.ca/travel-tips/
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Lorenzo Gonzalez

Lorenzo is the awesome Belizean behind BelizeAdventure.ca. Thousands of people visit his website everyday to find useful information to help them plan their perfect Belize vacation. He has worked in the Belize tourism industry for over 10 years and has traveled extensively throughout Belize. He started off by working as a server/ bartender at a small resort and eventually put himself through business school. He now resides in Toronto, Canada.

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