Belize (formerly British Honduras) lies on the Caribbean cost of Central America, bounded on the north by Mexico and on the south by Guatemala. There are many islands along the coast called Cayes (keys). Belize and its Cayes are sheltered by the second largest barrier reef in the world. The territory's greatest length from the north to south is 180 miles and its width is 68 miles.
Climate: Subtropical about 80 degrees. The dry season usually extends from February to May with a dry spell in August.
Population: Estimated population is 230,000. The main ethnic groups are Creole (African Descent), Mestizo (Spanish-Maya) and Garifuna (Caribs). There are also a number of people of Spanish, Asian and East Indian descent. Ethnic groups are heavily intermixed. There is also a small Mennonite community.
Religion: About 62% are Roman Catholic; other religions include Methodist, Seventh Day Adventists, Protestants, Baptist, etc.
Languages: Official language is English, however Spanish is widely spoken.
Currency: Belize dollar = $.50 US
Health: Belize is relatively free of endemic diseases. There are several hospitals, clinics and private doctors.
Education: The literacy rate is over 93%.
Electricity: 110 Volt, like in the U.S.
Things to do: Mayan Ruins, Blue Hole, Caves, Belize Zoo, Jungle River Boat Ride, Medicinal Rainforest Hike, SCUBA Diving, Snorkeling, Bird-watching, Safari, Horseback Riding, Sport Fishing, and plenty of sunbathing.
Airlines: Continental, Taca, American & US Airways. Belize is about two hours from Miami and Houston. Flights available from Cancun, Mexico, Guatemala and other Central American countries with connection through El Salvador.
Credit Cards: Most major credit cards accepted.
Entrance Requirements: Valid passport. Passport must be valid at least 6 months after departure date. No visa is required for U.S. or European Union citizens. Visa requirements may vary depending on country of origin. There is an airport departure tax.