About Belize

Bordered by Mexico to the North, Guatemala on the west and South, and the Caribbean Sea on the East. Belize is approximately the same size as New Hampshire. Belize City is 30'N 88 11'W. SIZE: 180 miles long and up to 68 miles wide, Belize is approximately 8,866 square miles. Belize also has over 200 Cayes (Islands) most of which are located inside the 200 mile barrier reef.

POPULATION:

The population of Belize is approximately 270,000. Belize is a multicultural society consisting of Creoles, Mestizos, Garifuna, Maya, Mennonite, Anglo-European, Middle Eastern and Asian.

CLIMATE:

Belize is sub tropical with a mean annual temperature of 80 degrees F. Winter in Belize the temperature can get as low as the 60's the summer months can be in the 90"s. Trade winds blow along the coast and Cayes most of the year keeping temperatures pleasant even in the hottest months. The dry season is from January thru May and the rainy season is from June thru December.

LANGUAGE:

English is the official language of Belize. Spanish is widely spoken also as is Creole, Mayan, and Garifuna.

CURRENCY:

The currency exchange in Belize is $2.00 Belize to $1.00 U.S. dollar. All businesses accept U.S. currency. Some smaller places don't accept credit cards so bring travelers checks or cash.

TIME:

Belize operates on Central Standard Time all year. No Daylight Savings Time is observed.

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