Location: Belize (see map) is located in Central America, south of Mexico, east
and north of Guatemala and bounded on the east by the Caribbean Sea (see
map of Central America).
Size: 8,867 sq. mls. (very small) including islands.
People: Belizeans are a rich ethnic and cultural mix of people, which
include these ethnic groups: Creole, Spanish, Mestizos, Maya (Ketchi and Mopan) Garinagou,
East Indians, Arabs, Mennonites and North Americans. Belizeans generally have an
optimistic view of life and are contented with a slow, laid back pace of life. Our
government leaders are well aware of the environmental impact of Industry and therefore
proceed cautiously in Belize's economic development . Likewise our people are afraid to
embrace industry knowing that the peace, tranquillity, the life and land we now possess is
worth far more than the financial gain, and problems brought about by industry.
Language: English (official language) but most people speak Creole (not to be
confused with French Creole, but rather English Creole), other main languages include:
Spanish, Garifuna, Maya, German (Mennonites). The language is patterned after the British
Style. This is evident in the web author's use of such spellings as colour instead
of color or centre instead of center, albeit the spell checker.
Geology: Tropical to Sub-tropical with a mean annual
temperature of 79 F (80's in the Winter and 90's+ in the summer).
Seasons: A Wet (June to Nov)and Dry season (March to June). Belize has the longest barrier
reef in the western hemisphere(second only to Australia). It is dotted with beautiful
cayes (keys) and atolls. The coastal area is low lying(sea level), but gradually rising
inland some 3000' high above sea level into the Maya Mountains. Today it has 60% of
its broadleaf forests reserved, containing a dramatic mix of lush green jungles,
mountains, underground caverns and a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Rainfall: Varies from 50" in the North to 170" in the South
Districts: The country is divided into 6 districts: Corozal, Orange Walk,
Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek, And the Toledo districts. Most of our tours are in the Cayo
District (see district maps).
Government: A stable democratic government lead by a Prime Minister. The
capital of Belize is Belmopan. There are two main political parties The United Democratic
Party (UDP) and The Peoples United Party (PUP).
Member: Common Wealth of Nations, and United Nations
Industries: Agricultural based includes sugar, bananas, citrus, corn, rice,
cattle, fisheries, and logwood. Tourism becoming prominent as more people discover Belize.
The manufacturing sector remains light. Imports far exceed exports. Most products are for
Currency: the Belize dollar is called a dollar. The exchange rate is $1US
dollar = $2 BZE dollars.
Communications: Telephones are readily available for local and international
calls, while paging and wireless phones are at an increase, radio and television are well
established. Computers are used by Government and most businesses have adopted them for
day to day transactions. Email has become quite popular as an alternative to expensive
international phone calls.
Getting There: Belize is accessible by international airlines. The Phillip Goldson
Airport is Belize's international airport and main port of entry. In the US both American
Airlines and Continental have daily flights to/from Belize.