The only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize is situated on the Caribbean Coast of northern Central America with neighboring countries Mexico and Guatemala. This truly unique paradise has garnered UNESCO World Heritage status for its barrier reef, the second-largest in the world. The tiny nation enjoys stunning landscapes of lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls and beaches plus exotic wildlife, breathtaking Mayan ruins and a rich culture made up of diverse ethnicities.
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Belize has a subtropical climate with temperatures that will vary according to elevation, proximity to the coast and trade winds off the Caribbean Sea; the average temperature is 80oF (27oC). There are also two distinctive seasons: the dry season from December to May and the “green” or “rainy” season from June to November.
Distinct from other tropical destinations, Belize is recognized as “one of the last unspoiled places on earth.” It is a country of lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, natural sand beaches and gorgeous coastal waters, as well as a pivotal point of ancient Mayan civilization. It also boasts a rich contemporary culture. Combine all of this with endless choices of outdoor adventures, from scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sailing and parasailing, to hiking, caving, zip-lining, river trips, camping and horseback riding: Belize’s natural treasures are boundless.
Belize is known for its distinctive, harmonious blend of Caribbean and Central American cultures, including many different ethnic backgrounds, such as Maya, Kriol, Garinagu, Spanish, Mestizo, Mennonite, East Indian and Chinese. It is believed that the Mayans first occupied Belize during the second millennium B.C., and to this day three specific Mayan tribes still inhabit the country: the Yucatec, the Mopan and the Kekchi. Previously under British rule, Belize gained absolute independence in 1981 and is a democratic constitutional monarchy.