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).
Group Travel When traveling in a large group, it is helpful to either tie the same brightly colored ribbon or affix a brightly colored piece of tape on every piece of luggage. This aids in being able to spot each other's luggage at all times.
Taxis Taxis are available in towns and resort areas, and they are easily recognized by their green license plates. Unless specific arrangements are made prior to your arrival at Belize International Airport (P.S.W. Goldson), taxis are available at the entrance to the main terminal. There are no meters in taxi's. Check with driver to find out what the fee is for your ride.
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
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