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    Address: 83 North Front Street, Belize City
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    Belize is very old it was once a part of the Maya kingdom before being colonized by the Spanish and the British. Today, it offers visitors the very best combination of the Central American and Caribbean worlds. 

    Belize is on the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala and offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond compare. In a single day you can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. 

    On the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula, it’s a holiday destination whose tropical treasures have yet to be discovered by mass tourism. Whether you’re searching for the sun, nature, adventure or history – or all four – you’ll find them in Belize.

    The world’s second-longest reef (the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is the largest), its breakwater effect provides superb diving, ensures calm, clear waters for sailors and snorkelers and protects the country’s vast, unspoiled beaches for swimmers and sun worshippers. 

    Ambergis Cay, the largest of Belize’s many offshore resort islands, is 25 miles long and less than a mile wide (40km by 2km). It has 40 diving sites, including wrecks and coral. In Shark-Ray Alley, you’ll see sharks and stingrays in less than eight feet of water.

    For the outdoor enthusiast and adventure traveler, Belize presents unlimited opportunities. You might say that Belize is the outdoors. You may not find a lot of big nightclubs, expensive shopping, or fancy restaurants. You will find diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, birdwatching and exploring nature at its best. 

    The least expensive way to get around Belize on a day to day basis is by bus. Buses run regular schedules and by other Central American standards, Belizean buses are clean, roomy and efficient. No reservations are required though often recommended as some bus routes fill up quickly and completely.  Otherwise, you can rent a car or take taxi.

    Presently, you'll find that Belize has a travel infrastructure that's improving but still far from polished: Some areas are difficult and/or expensive to get to, and conventional resort amenities such as golf courses and tennis courts are few and far between. We find these to be rather minor drawbacks, however. A bit of rawness just seems fitting for a place that caters to adventurous travelers. This being said, accommodations in Belize range from luxury 5-star condominiums to 1 room guesthouses. 


    LOCATION: 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 235,000. 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, Garifuna and German.

    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.

    Belize Facts

    Previously a British Commonwealth and colonial colony, Belize became an independent country in 1981. Belize was formerly known as British Honduras. Belize is recognized as an independent nation worldwide including in Guatemala.

    Tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May). The climate is sub-tropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The annual temperature averages about 80 degrees. Winter storms may bring the temperature down to the low 60's and it can reach the mid-90's on the mainland in the hottest part of summer. Trade winds blow along the coast ... more

    Belize has been an Independent nation since 1981 and is a Member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State. Belize is a parliamentary democracy with two major political parties, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People's United Party (PUP). In the last General Elections, the PUP won an overwhelming majority and currently holds power, led by Prime Minister ... more

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    Belize Accommodations
    Pelican's Pouch Southwater Caye - Southwater Caye
    Hamanasi Dive and Adventure Resort - Hopkins Village
    Lamanai Outpost Lodge - Orange Walk
    Belizean Shores - Ambergris Caye
    The Inn at Robert's Grove - Placencia
    Banana Beach Resort - Ambergris Caye
    Belize Yacht Club Resort - Ambergris Caye
    Coconuts Caribbean Hotel
    Diane's Beach House - Caye Caulker
    Blue Tang Inn and Resort - Ambergris Caye
    Auxillou Beach Suites - Caye Caulker
    Mata Rocks Resort - Ambergris Caye
    Captain Morgan's Retreat - Ambergris Caye
    Radisson Fort George Hotel - Belize City
    Cayo Espanto: A Private Island - Ambergris Caye
    The Villas at Banyan Bay - Ambergris Caye
    Nautical Inn Resort - Placencia
    Rum Point Inn - Placencia
    SunBreeze Hotel - Ambergris Caye
    Ranguana Lodge - Placencia
    A Piece of Ground - Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District
    El Pescador - Ambergris Caye
    Capricorn Resort - Ambergris Caye
    Pal's Guest House
    Green Parrot Beach Houses - Placencia Peninsula
    Hotel del Rio - Ambergris Caye
    Toucan Lulu - Point Placencia
    Sundiver Beach Resort - Ambergris Caye
    Chaa Creek Cottages - San Ignacio, Cayo District
    Chan Chich Lodge - Belize City
    Belize Discount Vacations - Caye Caulker
    Exotic Caye Beach Resort
    Portofino Resort - San Pedro
    Turtle Inn - Placencia
    Iguana Reef Inn Hotel - Caye Caulker
    Luba Hati Deluxe Resort - Belize City
    Belize Odyssey Resort - Caye Caulker
    Belize Tradewinds Paradise Villas - Ambergris Caye
    Serenade Island Resort and Guest House - Placencia
    Ambergris Caye's White Sands Cove Resort - Ambergris Caye
    The Victoria House Resort - San Pedro
    The Lodge at Big Falls - Punta Gorda
    Chabil Mar Villas - Placencia
    Ka’ana Boutique Resort & Spa - San Ignacio
    Hopkins Inn - Hopkins Village
    White Ridge Inn - Dangriga
    Playa Blanca Dive & Beach Club - Ambergris Caye
    Paradise Vacation Hotel - Placencia Village
    Kanantik Reef and Jungle Resort - Belize City
    Kitty's Place Beachfront Resort - Placencia

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