Top tip: Barefoot on the boats, sandals on the sand flies, closed shoes on Caracol climbs
Belize is situated at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America, and borders Mexico and Guatemala, with the Gulf of Honduras to the east. Along the coast lies an almost continuous chain of reefs and cays (small islands formed by the growth of coral) which lie between 15 and 60 km offshore. It’s the longest coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. More than 65% of the country is forested and to the south and west rises the Maya mountain range. Many of the islands have stunning beaches with crystal clear waters which are superb for swimming and snorkelling. Equipment is for hire on most of the larger cays. To the south and west rises the magnificent Maya mountain range, with the Cockscomb range to the east and the Mountain Pine Ridge in the west.
The climate is subtropical with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. There are high annual temperatures and humidity. Dry and hot climate from January to April with monsoon season from June to September.
Facts and Figures
|Area||22,965 sq km (8867 sq miles).|
|Capital||Belmopan City- population 13,654 (2009)|
|Language||English is the official language, but Spanish is spoken to some extent by over half the population. Garifuna (Carib), Maya and Creole are also spoken as well as a German dialect (by the Mennonites).|
|Religion||The people of Belize are mainly Roman Catholic (approximately 60 per cent of the population). Other small groups practice Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Bahai, as well as other Christian denominations.|
|Time||GMT – 6|
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