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Altun Ha

Beach with kayaks

Maya Pottery inside Che Chem Ha Cave

Altamira Oriole (Icterus gulari) in Mounain Pine Ridge

Altamira Oriole (Icterus gulari) in Mounain Pine Ridge

Snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray

 

Topography

Belize is small country with 8,666 square miles, about the same size as the U.S. state of Massachusetts or Wales in the U.K.  This small country is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. Belize has the hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, hundreds of deserted islands and rainforests that are home to countless rare species and thousand year old cities of the ancient Maya.


Population:

Beize has approximately 311,480 people. There are many ethnic groups which include include Mestizo (Maya/European mixture), Creole (African/European), Garifuna, Maya, East Indian and Mennonites. 


Government

The country has a democratically elected parliament government and is a member of the British Commonwealth. The country became fully independent in 1981

Language

It is the only English speaking country in Central America.  Expatriate North Americans and English is the official language with Spanish widely spoken.  English based Kriol, however, is the nation’s lingua franca, and is the choice of spoken communication most often used between Belizeans.

Climate:

Daytime temperatures range from the low 70’s to high 80’s most of the year, tempered by the easterly tradewinds.  March, April and May is the heart of the dry season and rains are variable the rest of the year, falling most heavily from July through October.

Time Zone

Belize has the same time zone as the US Cental Standard time which is GMT-6 and there are no daylight saving time.

Currency/Rates

The belize dollar exchange is BZ$2 to US$ 1.

Customs/Entry/Departure

A report of Currency Importation form C300 must be completed if a traveller is bringing $10,000 or foreign currency equivalent into the country.

Land/sea borders

Santa Elena to the north, Benque Viejo Del Carmen to the west and Punta Gorda to the south are the land/sea border points of Belize.

Vessels can be entered at Belize City, Big Creek, San Pedro, Dangriga and Punta Gorda Ports.

All aircrafts must clear at the Phillip Goldson International Airport.

Helpful Links

Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA)

Belize Tourism Board (BTB)

Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI)

Belize Audubon Society

Belize Humane Society

 
     
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