Belize is located on the Caribbean Sea, south of Mexico and east of Guatemala. It is the only English speaking country in Central America. Belize is approximately 8,867 sq. miles and has a population of around 350,000 people.
The “Jewel” of the Caribbean, is known for it’s rainforests, lagoons, and many islands. Much of the country is natural and most animal species are highly protected like the jaguars and mana-tees. The Barrier reef and the “Blue Hole” are favorite destination for divers. Maya ruins add to beauty and mystery of Belize.
Sarteneja village is the largest fishing village in Belize. It is famous for it’s beautiful boat construction and laid back lifestyle. Shipstern lagoon and preserve has many birds and animals under protection, as well as a local manatee rescue. There are daily boats to San Pedro Island as well as Corozal Town.
Corozal town is quiet seaside city in the northernmost part of Belize just 10 minutes fro Mexico. Many residents are descendants of the caste wars and are both Mestizo and Maya. Today it is a vibrant community which many expats and retirees call home.
- There are over 450 Cayes(keys) or islands in Belize
- There are over 900 discovered Maya sites
- Sugar, bananas , and citrus are Belize’s biggest exports
- Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, Chinese, Mennonite , Lebanese, and East Indian are all part of Belize culture.
- The British ruled Belize from 1840 to 1981
- Pirates and buccaneers hid out in many of the Cayes
- The Tapir is the national animal of Belize
- The Toucan is the National Bird of Belize
- Belize is still part of the British Commonwealth
When To Go & Weather
Belize has two seasons, rainy and dry. The dry season is the most temperate and that is from mid November to Early June. The rainy season is from mid June to November. Belize is quite lovely all year with an average temperature range of 68 to 95 degrees.
Belize has one main highway that runs through the country, cars can be rented from Belize airport. United and American are the best airlines for travel from the US. Once here, Tropic Air offers quick flight to the islands or about the north or south There are also commuter boats to the islands and around the coast daily.
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