Location and Size
Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is located on mainland Central America with the Caribbean Sea to the east. The country is nestled between Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. To clear up any confusion, Belize is considered to be both Central America and The Caribbean- a beautiful fusion of the two.
With fewer than 400,000 inhabitants living in just less than 9,000 square miles, Belize has the lowest population density in all of Central America. To put that into perspective, if we were to directly compare the size of Belize to the United States or the United Kingdom, for example, Belize is a little bigger than the state of New Jersey, and would fit almost exactly into the UK country of Wales. The country is divided into 6 districts all with their own unique character, charm and diversity.
The main languages in this charming country are English, Creole, Spanish, and Maya. However, in this melting pot otherwise known as Belize, there are many other languages used such as Lebanese, German, and Mandarin.
Wonders of Belize (We have a thing or two to boast about!)
Belize’s Diverse Culture
If you are accustomed to a fast-paced lifestyle, Belize can take some getting used to… Belize has its own version of island time. “Right now” may mean a little while. “A lee while…” may mean later, or tomorrow. For some travelers however, this is a welcome change. Perhaps a siesta in a breezy hammock is just what you needed.
What food you can expect to find here …
With countless cayes and many mountains to explore, for the modern paradise seeker, thereis always another adventure to experience. Withthat said, if you’re here already, you may as wellstart planning your next visit!
National Tree – Mahogany Tree
Better known as “the giants of the rainforest”, this is one of the biggest trees in the rainforest, reaching a height of over 100 feet. In the middle of the 17th century, the British settlers exported Mahogany to the UK as squared logs to make furniture. It has a reddish-brown colour that when carved and polished, acquires a beautiful red sheen. The Mahogany Tree is also displayed on the Flag of Belize.
National Bird – Keel Billed Toucan
These toucans are very sociable, with their vibrant yellow, green, red, orange and black colours. They are distinguished by their canoe-shaped bill and frog–like croak. Like many birds, their diet consists of fruits, insects, and lizards. If you would like to get a closer look at them, you can visit the Belize Zoo.
National Flower – Black Orchid
The Black Orchid is one of the hundred species of orchids found here in Belize. It has greenish-yellow petals and the large petal is dark purple, which almost looks black, hence the name. It grows in damp areas and is mainly flourishes in Central America, the West Indies, Colombia, Venezuela, and Florida.
National Animal – Tapir
Known to Belizeans as “the mountain cow” Tapirs are the largest land mammal in Central and South America. The Tapirs are vegetarian and their diet consists of fruits, vegetables and leaves. They spend most of their time in water and are very strong swimmers; you can notice them by their dusty brown colour and sometimes white patches near their throat and chest. Tapirs are short animals – 3 feet in height, 6 feet in length and they have short stumpy legs. This national animal is protected by law, and hunting, it is illegal. Just like the Toucan, Tapirs can be found at the Belize Zoo.
Belize Entry and Visa Requirements
Belize has two borders on which you can enter in. One is the border between Guatemala and Belize, which is the Western Border. The other one is between Mexico and Belize, which is the Northern Border. So, you can drive your way through any of those borders with a valid passport of course. If you’re traveling for less than 30 days, no visa is required.
Weather in Belize
Similar to other countries in Central America, there are two seasons – wet and dry. The wet season or hurricane season in Belize is from June to November, while the dry season is December to May.
The temperature around dry season ranges from about 55 degrees F in certain areas to 90 degrees F. The temperatures differ in the country due to certain regions, for example, areas along the coast experience average temperatures of no less than 60 degrees F while areas in the hills experience 50-55 degrees F during the “ cold” weather.
Being here during the wet season can mean that your days would start off sunny and unexpectedly get ruined by rain or thunderstorms. Due to the amount of rainfall certain tours are expected to be cancelled due to flooding of the river, or impassable areas. The weather during this time usually is humid and still very hot leading up to November when it begins to get cool.