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Quick Facts
CapitalBelmopan
Governmentparliamentary democracy
CurrencyBelizean dollar (BZD)
Areatotal: 22,966 sq km
water: 160 sq km
land: 22,806 sq km
Population262,999 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageEnglish (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole
ReligionRoman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27% (Anglican 5.3%, Methodist 3.5%, Mennonite 4.1%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5.2%, Pentecostal 7.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), none 9.4%, other 14% (2000)

Belize, formerly the colony of British Honduras, is the only country in Central America without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean. It only has a Caribbean Sea coastline. The country is located between Guatemala to the west and Mexico to the north.

Along the Caribbean Sea it is culturally similar to much of the formerly British Caribbean colonies; inland are native Maya people, and especially in the north and northwest of the country Spanish is often spoken; many refugees from the Caste War of Yucatan settled here. In the south east is the Garifuna culture.

Attractions include jungle with exotic plants and animals, fishing, swimming, and diving in the sea with attractive reefs, and visiting Mayan ruins.

Map of BelizeMap of Belize
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Regions

Administrative divisions 
6 districts;
  • Belize (district)Belize
  • CayoCayo
  • CorozalCorozal
  • Orange WalkOrange Walk
  • Stann CreekStann Creek
  • Toledo
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Cities

  • BelmopanBelmopan - Capital
  • Belize City - largest city
  • Big CreekBig Creek
  • CorozalCorozal
  • Orange WalkOrange Walk
  • Punta GordaPunta Gorda
  • PlacenciaPlacencia
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Other destinations

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Maya ruins

  • Altun HaAltun Ha
  • CaracolCaracol
  • LubaantunLubaantun
  • XunantunichXunantunich
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Islands

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Understand

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Climate

Tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May). Frequent, devastating hurricanes (June to November) and coastal flooding (especially in south).

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Terrain

Flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south.

Highest point 
Victoria Peak 1,160 m
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History

Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize (formerly British Honduras) until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. The country remains plagued by high unemployment, growing involvement in the South American drug trade, and increased urban crime.

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Get in

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By plane

The international airport is in Ladyville, to the north east of Belize City

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By train

No railroads

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By car

From Mexico via ChetumalChetumal, in the north, or on a much rougher road from Guatemala via Tikal.

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By bus

Buslines from Guatemala City and Belmopan operate to Flores in Guatemala.

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By boat

Several cruise lines call on Belize City, which is the largest city in Belize. Unfortunately they usually only stay one day which doesn't really give one the opportunity to really see Belize. You can visit one of the Maya ruins, ride an airboat in the salt marshes just outside the city, shop go to the museum, go to the zoo or take either a short cave rafting trip or snorkeling but that's about it. That means about 70% of the things most tourist would like aren't available not mention the eco tourism points of interest.

Also it should be noted that for most North Americans, Belize City will definitely bring on a case of culture shock.

To Puerto Cort├ęs Honduras, the Gulf Cruza, a large speed boat (50 people)leaves Placencia each Friday at around 9:30am (4h US$50), going first to Big Creek. The Gulf Cruza returns to Placencia on Monday. Tickets are sold in the tourist office next to the gas station.

Small speedboats operate on a daily basis between Puerto Barrios and Livingston in Guatemala to Punta GordaPunta Gorda. The ride takes around two hours.

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Get around

Several competing buslines operate on the main road in the north-south direction from Punta GordaPunta Gorda to BelmopanBelmopan and Belize cityBelize city. Two airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, serve most towns on a daily basis.

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Talk

Languages 
English (official), Spanish, Maya, Garifuna (Carib), Creole. Most of the locals, especially in Belize City, speak Creole, but English to tourists.
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Buy

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Eat

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Drink

Bottled or boiled water recommended

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Sleep

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Learn

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Work

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Stay safe

Best to stay out of Belize city, if you can. If landing at the airport there, go promptly to your final out-of-town destination. Crime is a real problem. Single women are not safe. The city is not pretty, it's poverty-stricken and a somewhat desperate place.

In the outlying areas, there is a lot of prejudice against North Americans by the Rastafarian types. Mostly, though, you will get a warm reception from the non-radicalized locals, who are happy and friendly.

Watch out for money conversion, it's a constant game to try and confuse and shortchange you.

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