Where is Belize?
Belize is a small country in between Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the South and West. Belize is only a few hours by plane from the United States and Canada, and only hours from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. We are a diverse country with a wide range of cultures, like the Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo, Kriol, East Indians, Chinese, Arabs and Germans (we call them Mennonites), and languages. We also have the lowest population density in Central America.
Belize boasts the world’s second largest barrier reef, it runs for 240 miles. The official size of Belize is 8,860 square miles, making it quick to travel within the country.
We are Central America’s only English-speaking country. While English is Belize’s official language, Kriol is the language that we all speak. For example a morning greeting in Creole would be ‘Gud maanin’. But once you pay attention, you will be able to understand, and take a few phrases home. We also speak Spanish, mainly in the North and West of the country.
The weather is one of the best parts about visiting Belize. It’s always warm, with an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29° C). Costal sea breezes, as well as our jungle and rainforests, keep you cool even during the hottest summer months, and winters can be cool but never very cold. In the winter (November-March), the temperature rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while the summer (May-September) temperature is around 86°F (30°C).
Our wet season lasts from June to December, when parts of the country receive up to 150 inches of rain, the heaviest rain usually falls in June or early July.
We also have a hurricane season, which starts in the month of June, and while Belize does not receive many direct hits, we do have severe tropical weather with high winds and rain. No need to be concerned; our safety, evacuation, and other procedures have proven to be effective.
Belize is a tropical destination and no matter what season you come, there’s always something to do and see down here.
– Jessica L.