Belize is a unique independent country located in the Western Caribbean within Central America and nestled between Mexico and Guatemala. Consisting of approximately 8,866 square miles of land mass and 266 square miles of offshore islands, Belize offers an intriguing mix of tropical forest, rich with wildlife, majestic mountains, mysterious ancient Mayan Ceremonial Temples, coupled with diving and fishing opportunities beyond compare.
Belize's Population of approximately 285,000 is a diverse culture of languages and ethnic groups. These include the Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Mayan, English, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese and East Indian languages. English however, remains the most common language spoken, followed closely by Creole and Spanish.
Inland Belize is a treasure trove of Mayan archaeological temples and ceremonial sites, some of which have remained hidden in the jungles for hundreds if not thousands of years and are yet to be discovered. Belize can boast of having the largest Cave System in Central America, the only Jaguar Reserve in the entire world, and over 500 species of birds. Belize truly is an Adventurer's Paradise.
Belize Comprises of over 200 small islands locally known as cayes (pronounced "keys") along the 176 mile coastline. The pristine offshore waters of Belize nurture the beautiful sugar white sandy beaches and magnificent blue waters. Divers, snorkelers, marine biologists, and fishermen have come to recognize Belize as one of the finest water-sport destinations in the world. The Belize Barrier Reef, which is the largest living Barrier Reef in the entire Western Hemisphere, offers a natural habitat for the propogation of every form of tropical marine life common to the Western Hemisphere.
Climate: The climate is Sub-tropical, constantly tempered by trade winds. Temperatures in the coastal regions range from about 10oC (50oF) to about 35.6oC. (96oF). Belize has an annual mean temperature of 26oC (79oF). Annual Rainfall in Belize varies from an average of 50 inches in the north to 180 inches in the extreme south. The dry season usually extends from February to the end of May, with a possible short dry spell in August.