Have you always wanted to explore Central America? Take a look at these 15 fun facts about Belize, a beautiful country rich with jungle, pyramids and Caribbean shorelines…
1. Where on Earth is Belize?
Belize is a stunning country in Central America, packed with beautiful beaches and incredible wildlife.
It is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. It also has a coastline along the Caribbean Sea to the east.
2. Here’s the coordinates.
Fancy sipping a few cocktails on a picturesque sandy beach? Head for the coordinates 17.2500° N, 88.7667° W to find yourself in the wonderful land of Belize!
3. The terrain here really does vary.
The terrain here features wonderful sandy beaches, flat swampy coastal plain and low mountains in the south.
4. It’s larger than you might think.
The total land area of Belize is 8,867 square miles (22,965 square kilometres)…
that’s slightly larger than Wales.
5. However, there’s lots of room to roam.
Belize’s population was only 390,353 in 2019…that’s around 1/10th the Welsh population!
That also makes it one of the least densely populated countries in the world!
6. What are people from Belize called?
Residents here are known as Belizeans.
7. What is the capital of Belize?
The capital is Belmopan; it covers an area of 12.7 square miles (32.8 square kilometres) and had a population of 17,000 in 2014.
8. Plan your holidays around the weather!
9. There’s a unique wildlife reserve here.
Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary in southern Belize is the worlds only Jaguar reserve! It’s also home to Pumas, Howler Monkeys and many more wild animals!
10. There’s a temple here that’s setting records.
Did you know, the tallest building in Belize is actually a Mayan temple? Standing at 143 feet tall, this ancient pyramid was created around 1200BC!
11. Belize is reef country.
Belize boasts part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world! This incredible natural wonder is considered one of the best scuba sites in the world thanks to the beauty of the reefs and the varied wildlife that lives there.
12. You’ll be able to speak the lingo here!
It is the only country in Central America to have English as its official language!
The official language of Belize is English, although Spanish and Creole are also spoken here.
13. What to exchange your money into:
Belize Dollar is the official currency here.
14. People generally live long lives here.
The average Belizean life span is 74.50 years (2018).
15. Belize’s industry and exports are highly varied.
Belize grows bananas, citrus fruits and sugar; they also catch fish and produce timber.
Its industry consists of garment production, food processing, tourism and construction.
Belize exports sugar, citrus fruits, bananas, clothing and fish products.
FAQs about Belize
Is Belize safe?
Belize is considered a medium-risk zone at the time of writing, as it can still suffer from violent crime.
Can you drink the water in Belize?
Generally, it’s advisable you only drink filtered or even bottle water in Belize for health nd safety reasons.
When is Belize at its coldest?
Belize is normally coldest in January, when temperatures plummet to a ‘very chilly’ 82 degrees Farenheit (28 C)!!
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