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Belize

  • The country of Belize was known as British Honduras until they gained their independence in 1981 and officially became Belize.

  • Belize and the US are friendly allies.

  • The Belize economy is tied to the US – the exchange rate, at all times, is two Belize dollars equals one US dollar. US dollars are accepted as legal tender. 

  • The official language of Belize is English. All children in the country are taught English in school.

  • Belize is located in the Central Time Zone although they do not recognize Daylight Savings Time. 

  • Belize is located just below Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, on the Caribbean Sea, just below the resort cities of Cancun and Cozumel, and bounded on the west and south by Guatemala.

  • Belize has approximately 400,000 residents in a land mass approximately the size of New Jersey.

  • The climate is subtropical, a land of mountains, swamps, jungle and coastline and home to the world’s second largest barrier reef formation. 

  • The people are a blend of Central American and Caribbean cultural backgrounds with a British influence. Belize ethnic composition is about 53% Hispanic, 22% Creole, 11% Mayan, 6% Garifuna and 8% other.

  • Direct flights to the Belize International Airport are available from Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Miami.  

  • Belize is a pleasure to visit. With its beautiful Caribbean shoreline and islands, barrier reef, citrus valleys, jungle rivers, tropical mountains, Mayan ruins, simple villages and friendly people; it is a great location for family vacations, eco-tourism, diving, snorkeling and jungle adventures. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the people and the place.