Many people have heard of Belize but aren’t quite sure where it is. Belize is located in Central America. To the north of Belize lies the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. To the west and south of Belize lies the nation of Guatemala. Belize has a long coastline on the Caribbean Sea.
It takes about two hours to fly to Belize from southern American cities like Miami or Houston.
What Is British Honduras?
Belize was the only British colony in Central America. In 1840, the colony was officially named British Honduras. Belize doesn’t share a border with the nation of Honduras, but both countries are accessed by sea from the Bay of Honduras, hence the name.
The colony was renamed Belize in 1973 and Belize gained full independence on September 21, 1981.
Is Belize an Island in the Caribbean?
No. Belize is a Caribbean nation and a member of CARICOM but it’s not an island. That being said, Belize does have hundreds of beautiful offshore islands, and these are a popular destination for tourists.
How Big Is Belize?
Belize is approximately the same size as the state of Massachusetts but has a very low population density. There are approximately 360,000 people living in Belize.
What Is the Capital of Belize?
Today, the capital of Belize is Belmopan, located in the geographic center of the country. Throughout most of its history, the capital was Belize City, which is still the largest urban area in the country. Earlier colonial capitals included the town of Orange Walk in the north and the island of St. George’s Caye that lies just offshore from Belize City.
What Language Do They Speak in Belize?
English is the official language in Belize and used for all road signs, documents, and schools. Most people in Belize speak a local creole (usually written Kriol) at home and with friends. It’s similar to standard English but has its own distinct words and phrases.
Spanish is also widely spoken in Belize. Different groups in Belize speak Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean language), the Kekchi and Mopan dialects of Mayan, Chinese, Arabic, and Plattdeutsch (an archaic version of German).
Who Lives In Belize?
The majority of Belizeans are Creole people, but other significant populations include Mestizos, Garifuna, East Indian, British, Maya, Mennonites, and Chinese. There is also a thriving expat community of Canadians and Americans, including a group of Confederate soldiers that first immigrated to Belize at the end of the American Civil War.
Where to retire and live in Belize?