The Takeaway: Belize

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Welcome to The Takeaway, a new series highlighting the best goods a destination has to offer. Every week, we’ll showcase seven gifts every traveler should consider in terms of quality and value.

Belize is lush, and more importantly to travelers seeking respite from low temperatures, it’s warm year-round. And while Belize’s tourism industry has grown substantially, it’s still affordable and an ideal destination for this time of year (as long as you aren’t pregnant or trying to conceive).

Belize’s subtropical climate and high biodiversity makes the country a literal hotbed for plant-based products like coffee, chocolate and lumber. Local hot sauce and rum make for inexpensive—but still beloved—gifts. If you’re looking for something memorable, the Maya culture still thrives in art and handicrafts, which highlight native treasures like jade, black coral and ziricote wood.

We’re not encouraging you to go too wild, but just know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will waive duty on up to $800 worth of items.

Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.