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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.
Suitcase Tip Pack a dryer sheet in your suitcase for long flights - this helps to eliminate that musty "airplane odor" and you'll have a "just washed" air to your clothes when you unpack.
Ocean Undercurrents If you get sucked out into the ocean by an undercurrent follow these instructions:
Do not panic, save all your strength.
Act immediately. Swim parallel to the shoreline. Even if you cannot, keep trying until you can.
What you are doing is swimming out of the undertow and into the current that will more than likely push you back to shore. Remember, in saltwater you float so you can stay alive for any number of days. Unless you are on a secluded beach a boat will reach you in time to ... more
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Language English is the official language and the language of instruction in schools but almost everyone speaks an English dialect, or Creole patios, the vernacular of the country. Spanish is also widely spoken. It is taught in primary and secondary schools in order to further develop bi-lingualism. In certain areas of the country, such as Orange Walk and Corozal District in the north and the Cayo ... more
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