Belize Facts and Links

Size: 8,887 sq. miles

Location: Central America, bordered north by Mexico, west and south by Guatemala and east by the Caribbean Sea

Population: 321,115 with 35 people per one square mile or 14 people per square kilometer.

People: Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese with lots of expats from Europe, Canada and the United States.

Language: English, the only Central American country that speaks English however Kriol is what everyone speaks.  With the diversity of the people comes that of our language, other spoken languages are Spanish, Mayan Mopan, Mayan Kekchi, African-base Garifuna, Mandarin, German and Hindi.

Currency: the Belize dollar which has a value of $0.50 to the US dollar.  The US currency is accepted throughout the country especially in the tourist destination areas of San Pedro, Placencia, San Ignacio and Caye Caulker.   

Ecosystem: Belize has a very diverse and distinctive ecosystem with a swampy coastal plain consisting of red, white and black mangroves to undeveloped forest and hardwoods in the interior hills and low mountains. As part of the Mesoamerican bio-system, Belize boast amazing wild life, a large variety of flora and fauna and the largest cave system in Central America.

National Symbols: Flag- decided by comittee; Flower - black orchid; Tree – mahogany; Bird – toucan; Animal – tapir