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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.
Bottled Water In a restaurant, ask for a bottle of water unopened. Have them open it at the table, and you can be sure you won't get local water, bottled. This will also tell you that they use bottled water to cook and clean with.
Cuts and Scrapes Be sure to pack an effective topical antibiotic cream. The smallest scratch or insect bite can quickly become infected. Try "Bactriban" or "Polysporin". To prevent ringworm, the most effective product is "Nizoral" - sold over the counter as an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Events The big national holidays are dictated by the Roman Catholic calendar, but other celebrations include the wonderfully titled Baron Bliss Day (March 9), which honors a philanthropic British nobleman who fell in love with Belize and upon his death willed the bulk of his fortune in trust to the people of Belize. Belize National Day (September 10) commemorates the Battle of St George's Caye; ... more
Currency Local currency is the Belize Dollar. One U.S. dollar is worth BZ$2. U.S. dollars should be exchanged directly in purchasing goods and services, as banks will charge a fee (currently is at .0125) to exchange U.S. to Belize dollars. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere in Belize.
It's easy to change US dollars just about anywhere, and US dollar travelers' cheques, pounds sterling and Canadian ... more
Status 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.
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