Location: On the East coast of Central American in the heart of the Caribbean Basin. It borders Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south.
Size: 174 miles long and 68 miles wide. It's about the size of Massachusetts in the USA or Belgium in Europe.
Climate: Subtropical. Average temperature is 79 degrees F (26 C) and average humidity is 85%. Annual rainfall is 50 inches in North and 170 inches in South. There are two seasons: wet and dry. Wet Season is from June through November, the same as hurricane season. Dry season runs November through May. The coolest months are November through February. Saltwater temperatures vary between 75 and 84 degrees F.
Population: 274,000 density 31 persons per square mile.
Ethnic Groups: Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Maya (Kekchi, Mopan & Yucatec), Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese, East Indian
Language: English is the official language although Spanish, Creole, Garifuna and Maya are spoken throughout the country.
Major industries: sugar, citrus, bananas, tourism, and marine products.
Government: Belize is an independent country with a parliamentary democracy based on Westminster system of Government. Belize is a member of the British Commonwealth.
Currency: fixed at US$1 to BZ$2. All businesses accept US paper currency. Well-established businesses accept traveler's checks and most credit cards (with a service charge).
Time: Same as US Central time
Water: Most locations have potable water and bottled drinking water is available throughout the country.
Health Care: Government hospitals and clinics are located in all towns and cities. Private hospitals and clinics are present in most towns and cities. Emergency evacuation services are also available.
Electrical: Electricity is at 110 volts AC (same as USA).