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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.
Toiletries Toothpaste, tooth brush, shampoo, deodorant, bring your own bar of soap and make-up.
Planning your trip with kids Get your kids actively involved in planning your trip from the very beginning -- that way older kids have a stake in making it work and you have a chance to allay younger kids' natural wariness of the unknown. Besides, it's fun.
Electricity The electrical system is the same as in the United States: 110 Volts A.C.
Departure Tax The departure tax at the International Airport has recently increased to $35 US per person. There is a new Tourist Departure Tax of $10 US per person (children under 12 are exempt) when departing Belize at either of the land border crossings i.e. The Western border between Belize and Guatemala for visits to Tikal and Flores and the Northern border between Belize and Mexico. These funds are being ... more
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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