- Belize was a British Colony until 1981, and is now a the Belize government operates on the principles of a parliamentary democracy.
- English is the primary language spoken, as is Spanish. Maya, Garifuna and Creole are also spoken.
- The U.S. dollar is widely accepted and the exchange rate is $2.00 Belize to $1 U.S.D.
- The population is approximately 330,000 with Creoles (African-European), Garinagus (Black Caribs), Mestizos (Spanish-Indian), Maya, Europeans, Mennonites, and a growing number of American ex-pats.
- Belize is an area of only 8,867 square miles – about the size of Massachusetts.
- Belize is located on the East Coast of Central America on the Caribbean Sea. Mexico borders Belize to the north and Guatemala to the west and south.
- Belize Climate is subtropical with annual temperatures about 80 degrees F and prevailing winds from the Caribbean. The rainy season is between June – August.
- Belize contains over 600 ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization.
- Belize contains more than 500 species of exotic birds.
- Belize has the densest population of the Jaguar.
- The flora and fauna of North and South America meet in Belize, creating one of the most diverse natural environments.
- Belize contains the second largest barrier reef in the world, and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere 185 miles long!
- Belize holds true to Caribbean and Central American traditions.
- Belize has a unique blend of cultural influences – its people include Creole, East Indian, Garifuna, Mayan, Mestizo, and the Mennonites.
- Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by exports of marine products, citrus, sugar cane, bananas, and garments.
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Information above courtesy of Blancaneaux Lodge and Chaa Creek Lodge.