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.
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.
English is the official language
of Belize, with Spanish, Creole (Kriol), Garifuna, Mandarin and
Mayan are widely spoken throughout the country as well.
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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.
The Belize dollar (Bz $) has a
fixed rate of Bz $2 to US $1