All About Belize

Welcome to Belize, a charming Central American gem nestled on the eastern coast of Mexico. This vibrant nation covers approximately 8,867 square miles (22,966 sq km) and is home to a warm and welcoming population of around 400,000 Belizeans. While Belize City is the largest urban center, Belmopan serves as the capital.

Belize’s journey to independence was a testament to resilience, as it proudly broke free from colonial rule in 1981, having been under the influence of both Spain and Britain. However, what makes this country truly captivating is its ancient history. Along its lush landscapes, you’ll discover traces of the Mayan and Arawak civilizations. The legend of “The Lost City of the Monkey God” still echoes through these forests, although it’s more closely associated with Honduras.

In the present day, Belize thrives with a diverse economy. Tourism, agriculture, fishing, and offshore banking contribute to its prosperity, making it a destination teeming with opportunities. Travelers should be mindful of safety, as certain areas do experience higher crime rates. However, with sensible precautions, a visit to Belize can be a rewarding experience.

Accommodations cater to all budgets, offering a spectrum of choices from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts. The turquoise waters are a haven for divers, while history enthusiasts can explore ancient ruins that whisper tales of the past. For those who seek adventure, hiking through the lush rainforests is an absolute must, where you’ll witness the enduring influence of Maya culture in rural communities.

Regardless of your chosen adventure, remember to pack sunscreen and stay hydrated, as these essentials can be scarce in this tropical paradise. Belize beckons with open arms, promising unforgettable experiences and cherished memories.

Exploring Xunantunich and Lamanai, and River Cruises in Belize

One of the most captivating and popular excursions in Belize takes you deep into the heart of the jungle to explore the ancient Maya sites. There’s a range of tours available, from one-day adventures to multi-day experiences, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich history of this land. One of the most renowned places to visit is Xunantunich, a Maya site located in the Orange Walk District. Here, you’ll discover impressive structures, including altars and pyramid temples. Among its notable features is a ballcourt, once a sacred ground for games played by the Maya to honor their gods and seek their favor. Through these games, players aspired to gain special privileges and blessings from the divine.

Another gem to explore is the Lamanai site, nestled along the coast. Here, you’ll encounter remarkable stone structures, pyramids, and temples. Thanks to its waterfront location, the Maya were able to construct grand temples with remarkable ease, without the need for extensive foundations or support beams.

For a different adventure, consider a leisurely cruise down the river that gracefully winds through Belize City. It’s a delightful way to experience the beauty of this region from a unique perspective. To discover more about these remarkable tours or to book your own expedition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Welcome to Belize, a land of wonder and adventure, where BHExperiences invites you to embark on unforgettable journeys.

Capital and Largest City

Belmopan, the tranquil capital, serves as the country’s administrative center, while the bustling Belize City takes the title of Belize’s largest and most vibrant urban hub.

Largest City

Belize City

Size and Location

Belize boasts 8,867 square miles of beauty, nestled in Central America. It’s a tropical paradise bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the azure Caribbean Sea to the east.

Sub-Tropical Climate

With its sub-tropical climate and soothing trade winds from the Caribbean Sea, Belize provides the perfect backdrop for your adventures.

Perfect Tempurature

Expect year-round warmth, with average temperatures at a comfortable 84°F (29°C), ensuring a pleasant stay for our visitors.


While English is the official language, Belize’s cultural tapestry includes Spanish, Ketchi & Mopan Maya, Garifuna, and other languages spoken by its friendly locals.

Population and Government

A warm and welcoming population of approximately 400,031 calls Belize home, governed as a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system since its independence on September 21, 1981.

Currency and Electricity

In Belize, transactions are carried out in Belize Dollars (BZD$), and the exchange rate is set at USD$1.00 = BZD$2.00. Electrical standards in the country are set at 110 volts AC.

A Rich History

Belize’s history traces back to the ancient Maya civilization, which began developing the region around 1500 B.C.E. Let Barefoot Services guide you through this rich past.

Airports and Seaports

Our primary gateway is the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE), with convenient airstrips in major towns. Discover seaports in Belize City, Commerce Bight, Big Creek, and Punta Gorda for more exploratory opportunities.

Communication and Time

Enjoy direct dial services to connect with your loved ones. Belize operates on Central Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time.

Driving in Belize

International driver’s licenses are accepted for up to 90 days, and remember, Belize drives on the right side of the road.

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