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Location Overview / Where is Belize located?:
Belize, previously known as British Honduras, is located in Central America. Belize is bordered on the North by Mexico, South and West by Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea seals its 174 mile coastline to the East. Geographically Belize is located between 15° 52' 9" and 18° 29' 55" North Latitude, and 87° 28" and 89° 13' 67" West Longitude with an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.
The cayes (pronounced keys), the atolls, and the barrier reef are the main attractions in Belize. The barrier reef, which is approx. 185 miles long, is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The reef runs from Cancun/Cozumel down to The Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras. The cayes are islands and/or mangrove outcroppings, that are located between the mainland and the barrier reef.
The area of the Belize mainland and cayes is 8,867 square miles. The country's greatest length from north to south is 174 miles and its greatest width is 68 miles.
When to go December through mid-April is the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, as travelers flee the chilly northern weather for sunny skies, white-sand beaches, and warm temperatures. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).
Forgot Night Light Wish you had a nightlight in that strange hotel room? You don't have to pack one. Before you go to bed, turn on the bathroom light, then shut the bathroom door.
Government 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
Transportation in San Pedro Golf carts, bicycles and walking are the main mode of transportation on Ambergris Caye. Golf carts are available for rental.
Taxis are also available in San Pedro when needed. Rates should be negotiated in advance when you get in the taxi.
Entry Requirements Visas are not required for most nationalities, including citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth countries, as well as most members of the European Union. All people from these countries need are a valid passport and an onward or round-trip ticket. A Visitor Permit is required of nationals of China and India. Check with the local Belizean Consulate, Belize ... more
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