About Belize

About Belize

Belize lies on the eastern coastline of Central America, bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and by the Caribbean Sea to the east. With approximately 8,867 sq. miles, Belize’s mainland is about 180 miles long and 68 miles wide. Belize also consists of over 200 offshore islands, or Cayes, ranging in size from a few hundred feet to 25 miles long and 4 miles wide; most of which are located inside the 200-mile-long Belize reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Like the ecosystems that flourish here, the ethno-cultural landscape of the country is rich, vibrant, and diverse. The culture of Belize is a mix of influences and people from Kriol, Maya, East Indian, Garinagu (also known as Garifuna), Mestizo (a mixture of Spanish and Native Americans), Mennonites who are of German descent, with many other cultures from Chinese to Lebanese. It is a unique blend that emerged through the country’s long and occasionally violent history. This small nation has a population of approximately 410,000.

English is the official language of Belize. Spanish is widely spoken throughout the country while Maya, Garifuna, Creole and other derivative tongues are also spoken.

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