Want to know what Maya sites to see in Belize? What Cayes (islands) to visit? What hotel to stay in? What towns there are? Know the Flora & Fauna of Belize? Its all on that blue bar above.
Belize is in Central America, with Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south and the Caribbean sea to the east. Belize has a diverse society, comprising many cultures and speaking many languages. Although Kriol and Spanish are spoken among the population, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of land and 350,000 people, the population density of Belize is the lowest in the Central American region, and it also has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Belize’s abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to the country’s designation as a biodiversity “hotspot”. Belize is shaped somewhat like a rectangle about 174 miles (280 km) north to south and about 62 miles (100 km) east to west.
The Caribbean coast is lined with a coral reef and some 450 islets and islands known locally as Cayes (pronounced “keys”). They form the 199 mile (320 km) long Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Three of the only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere are located off the coast of Belize.
Getting to Belize
From the USA, there are flights from Dallas TX, Houston TX, Atlanta GA, Miami FL, Newark NJ & Charlotte NC. From Toronto, Canada.
Coming from any other country outside of Central America, you have to connect with a flight from one of those cities.
Within Central America, there are flights from Cancun & Merida in Mexico. Guatemala City & Flores in Guatemala. Roatan, San Pedro Sula & Tegucigalpa in Honduras. San Salvador in El Salvador. See the Airlines page for more details. See the Hotels page for where to stay when you get here.
When traveling in Belize you can use the US dollar to pay, right along with the Belize dollar. The conversion is simple: 1 US dollar = 2 BZ dollars. ATMs are readily available for use with your debit and credit card. Note. All prices in this guide are in Belize dollars, unless otherwise stated.