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About Belize

Name: Belize

Capital: Belmopan

Largest City: Belize City

Size: 8,867 square miles

Location: Belize is located in Central America and it is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.

Climate: Sub-tropical, with trade winds from the Caribbean Sea.

Temperature: One of the nicest things about visiting Belize is the weather. With an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C), it’s always warm, yet comfortable.

Language: English is the official language however Spanish, Ketchi & Mopan Maya, Garifuna and other languages are also spoken.

Population: 368,310

Government: Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system. Independent since September 21, 1981.

Currency: Belize Dollar (BZD$). USD$1.00 = BZD$2.00

Electricity: 110 volts AC.

History: The first people to develop Belize were the Maya around 1500 B.C.E.

Airports: Belize only has one international airport and it is Philip Goldson International Airport (Airport code is BZE). There are also a number of airstrips in all the major towns and districts around the country.

Seaports: Main deep-water port – Belize City, Commerce Bight, Big Creek, Punta Gorda.

Telephone: Direct dial service between Belize and all other countries. Calling code is 501.

Time: Central Standard Time. Belize doesn’t observe daylight savings time.

Entry requirements: Visitors to Belize must possess a passport valid for at least three months after the date of arrival and a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Driving: International driver’s license accepted up to 90 days. Drives on the right.

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