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Destination Belize, this page is about many aspects of the country what was known as British Honduras until 1973. Here you will find comprehensive information about Belize in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government, and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Belize and you will find travel and tourism information.

Lamanai Temple Belize
Lamanai Maya Temple Belize © Belize Tourism Board


Country Profile

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Flag of Belize

Belize lies on the eastern or Caribbean coast of Central America, bounded on the north and part of the west by Mexico, and on the south and the remainder of the west by Guatemala. Belize is the most sparsely populated nation in Central America otherwise a melting pot of many races with an estimated population of approximately 274 000.
Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992.

border countries: Guatemala, Mexico

related countries: United Kingdom

other Central American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

 Where in Central America is Belize?

Official Name:
formerly: British Honduras

ISO Country Code: bz

Local Time = UTC -6h
Actual Time: Fri-Feb-27  01:30

Country Calling Code: +501

Capital City: Belmopan (2000 pop. est. 8 305)

Other Cities:
Belize City (54 125), Corozal (8075), Orange Walk (13 795), San Ignacio & Santa Elena (13 545), Dangriga (9020), Punta Gorda (4425), San Pedro (4965).

Type: Parliamentary democracy
Independence: 21 September 1981 from the UK.
Constitution: 21 September 1981.

Location: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico.
Area (mainland and cayes): 23,000 kmĀ²
(8,867 sq. mi.)
Terrain: plain coastline covered with mangrove swamps, low mountains in interior, highest point Doyle's Delight (1124 m).

Climate: Tropical, hot and humid. Rainy season May to November; dry season February to May.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Belizean(s).
Population: 313,000 (2010 census)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 7 635 (year)
Ethnic groups: Mestizo, Creole, Ketchi, Yucatec and Mopan Mayas, Garifuna and East Indian.
Religions: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, other Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist.
Languages: English (official), Creole, Spanish, Garifuna, Mayan.
Literacy: 76%.

Natural resources: Arable land, timber, seafood, minerals.

Agriculture Products: Sugar, citrus fruits and juices, bananas, mangoes, papayas, honey, corn, beans, rice, cattle (12.7% of GDP).

Industries: Garment production, food processing, tourism, construction.

Exports partners: USA 37.2%, UK 26.8%, Jamaica 4.6% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 30.1%, Mexico 12%, Guatemala 7.4%, Cuba 7.2%, China 4.2%, Japan 4.1% (2004)

Currency: Belizean Dollar (BZD)

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Official Sites of Belize

Government of Belize
Official Belize government site.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Belize
Official site of the ministry.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Belize
Site of Belize's Embassy in Washington D.C.
Belize Missions Abroad
Belize Embassies and Consulate Abroad.
Embassies and Consulates in Belize
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Belize.
Visas/ Entry Requirements
Visas for Belize.

 Map of Belize
Political map of Belize.
Google Earth Google Earth Belize
Searchable map and satellite view of Belize.
Google Earth Google Earth Belmopan
Searchable map and satellite view of Belize's capital city.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

Belize News

Belize Times
Belize's weekly newspaper, voice of the new government.
Channel5 with Belize news.
The Guardian
News from Belize.
News and music power from Belize.
The Reporter
Local News.


Arts & Culture

The Belize International Film Festival
Festival for Caribbean and Central American filmmakers.
Site about the indigenous Mopan and Q´eqchi´ Maya of Southern Belize.
Belize Kriol
Official Website of the National Kriol Council of Belize
Seine Bight Village
Site about the Garifuna village and culture.


Business & Economy

Central Bank of Belize
Official website ofthe bank offers information on Belize's economic and financial system.

Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The "One Stop" business connection for Belize.

Maya Island Air
Local carrier.
Tropic Air
Belize's largest airline.


Destination Belize - Country Guides

Discover Belize: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, diving, hiking, adventure tours and much more.

Catch the Adventure - The Official Web Site of the Belize Tourism Board.
Guided vacation tours of Belize.
Belize Tourism
Belize Government information on tourism in Belize.

Travel and tourist information on Belize.
Belizean Journeys
A glimpse into Belize, an in-depth look into the more remote and unknown world's of Belize.
Belize by Naturalight
A Belize portal with comprehensive country and travel information.
Belize Report
The in-depth traveller's guide to Belize; lodging, restaurants, sights, adventure and travel tips.
Southern Belize
Extensive information about travel and tourism of Southern Belize.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


University College of Belize
University College of Belize Home Page.


Five Blues Lake
Site about the Five Blues Lake National Park a 4200 acre preserve of Broadleaf Forest and Swiss-cheese-holed karst limestone terrain.
Belize-Eco-Tourism-Association (BETA)
The purpose of BETA is to promote environmentally responsible tourism for locals and visitors.


The History
Page about Belizes history by the Belize Government.
A Brief History of Belize
From Mayan civilisation until the 20th century.
A History of Belize
Comprehensive site about the history of Belize.

Issues Belize
Belize-Guatemala Territorial Issue
The Anglo-Belize/Guatemala Territorial Issue - The Cost of Conflict: A treaty on the history and present day implications of the Belize-Guatemala Territorial Issue.


Directory of Belize related sites.

LANIC Belize
Latin American Network Information Center - Resources

Country Profiles:
Amnesty International: Belize
BBC News Country Profile: Belize
FAO: Belize
UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
FCO: Belize
A UK Foreign Office country profile. Belize
UNDP - Human Development Indicators: Belize
Wikipedia: Belize
Worldbank Data: Belize
The World Factbook -- Belize

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