A PROFILE OF BELIZE

Introduction To Belize

Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is a small Central American country that is situated along the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala on its southern and western sides. This English speaking country is an independent member of the British Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State with His Excellency Sir Colville Young, GCMG, MBE as the Governor General. On Feb 8, 2008, Dean Barrow was elected into power as the Prime Minister. He represents the United Democratic Party (UDP)

Belize is well known for numerous cayes (pronounced keys). "The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consist of the Largest Barrier Reef of the Northern Hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cayes, mangrove forest, coastal lagoon and estuaries" - UNESCO - World Heritage Program. Sixty percent of the Belize has been designated as national parks or natural marine reserves and the country boasts over 450 species of fish, 70 different types of coral, and over 540 species of exotic birds.

Today Belize's population is estimated to be at approximately 311,000. The country is a melting pot of many races and over the years the multi-racial make-up has risen through the influx of people from Central America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.

Climate

Belize has a subtropical climate with brisk prevailing winds from the Caribbean Sea and an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Belize has two seasons: the dry season from December to May, and the "green or rainy season" from June to November.

Language

English is the official language of Belize, with Spanish, Creole (Kriol), Garifuna, Mandarin and Mayan are widely spoken throughout the country as well.

Electrical System

110 volts AC

Travel

Commercial airlines all land at the Philip Godson international airport (PGIA) in Ladyville, 10 miles from Belize City. Several airlines including Continental, Delta, American, US Airways TACA arrives daily from USA with flight of about two hours.

Please consult a travel agent to advise on the best connecting and transit routes to Belize.

Currency

The Belize dollar (Bz $) has a fixed rate of Bz $2 to US $1

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