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Belize


Official Name: Belize
Capital: Belmopan
Population: 249,183
Area: 22,965 sq km or 8,866 sq mi
Currency: Belize Dollar ($1=1.97)
Religion: Christianity
Literacy: 93%
Languages: English, Spanish, Creole dialects
Major Cities: Belmopan, Belize, City, Orange, Walk
Climate: Subtropical in nature

Jaunt to the adventure paradise of Belize and experience the best moments of your life as this region has so much to share. The place derieve its name from the Belize River, which is the longest river in the town.

From Maya's archeological legacy to the world's second longest barrier reef, with much more to view and cherish, this has been a favorite spot especially for the outdoor enthusiasts.

This is a spectacular island, which has its own share of animal to bird refuge as you get to see innumerable marine reserves to national parks , from wildlife sanctuaries to archaeological parks. Indulge in diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking while exploring the expansive rainforest canopies, Maya temple towers and breath taking mountains.

Location of Belize
Belize is positioned in the Northern Hemisphere lying towards the eastern coast of Central America near Caribbean Sea confined to the north by Mexico and to the South and West by Guatemala.

Physical Map of Belize
The Belizean landscape is categorized into two major regions namely the Maya Mountains and the northern lowlands. Maya Mountains is nestled in the coastal plains of the country with its connected basins and plateaus where Victoria Peak stands as the highest peak in the town. The northern lowlands are filled with major rivers and perennial streams with swampy lagoons surrounding along the coastlines. The second region comprises the northern lowlands , along with the southern coastal plain. Eighteen major rivers and many perennial streams drain these low-lying areas. The coastline is flat and swampy, with many lagoons, especially in the northern and central parts of the country. The northern coastal region of Belize is filled with mangrove marshlands to tropical pine savannah area.

Climate of Belize
Climate of Belize is a blend of both wet and dry seasons with average rainfall pouring down occasionally. Enjoy a moderate weather condition where one would feel the humid climate with a touch of cool sea breezes as one finds the coastal area being affected by the southeast tradewinds. January is the coldest month while May experiences the warmest temperatures of the year. The average annual temperature is about 26° C. The months from May to February experiences rains and the total annual rainfall increases from north to south and averages about 1,800 mm.

Flora and Fauna of Belize
Belize is a home to magnificent flora and fauna that boasts of untouched hardwood forests thriving with species of plants like mahogany, cedar, and sapodilla and pines. Black Orchid is known as the national flower of this place.

The only sole jaguar preserve in the world is Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is placed here as the local residents respect this animal. The other native cats of this place are puma, ocelot, margay and jaguarondi. Baboon Sanctuary in Belize is known for safeguarding black howler monkeys in Central America. The mountain cow of the town that is Tapirs is supposedly the national animal of this place.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History witnessed 200 species of migratory birds, which is a home to species like Wood Storks, Great and Cattle Egrets, Boat-billed and Tricoloured Herons, Reddish Egrets and White Ibis, as well as Magnificent Frigatebirds, Anhingas.

Native faunas like the armadillo, opossum, deer, monkeys; common reptiles like iguana and snakes and other species like Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin, turtles catch up your glance while touring to this place. Stay connected at Mapsofworld for all relevant information about the Belize Island.

People of Belize
The official language of Belize is English but Spanish is the mother tongue of this region. The main ethic groups that constitute the Belize population are Mestizo, Creole, Ketchi, Yucatec and Mopan Mayas, Garifuna and East Indian that well preserves the ethnic divergence and their distinct uniqueness. The people are very courteous in nature and for them greeting is important.

Arts, Culture and Music of Belize
Participate in the Belize International Film Festival, which is held annually in this wonderful place, which expresses the true culture of the place along with felicitating and recognizing the works of well-known artists in town. Visit the Fine Arts Gallery that displays authentic oil and water paintings, color prints, and art crafted by local Belizean artisans which portrays the life of Garifuna, the Creole, and ancient Maya. Listen to the unique style of unique style of punta-rock that was first constituted from Aziatic and the New Concepts.

Flag of Belize
It was during the independence from United Kingdom the national flag of Belize came into existence on 21 September 1981. The flag was constituted in 1950 when British Honduras (the name it had during the colonial era) won its victory. The two stripes which was added in the flag came into existence with Belizean coat of arms situated in the centre. This symbol of coat of arms shows how the tree mahogany and its utilisation in the makingof boats is of important to the local residents.

Economy of Belize
The economical development of Belize depends mainly on agriculture and tourism. The trade in agricultural industry is a major factor of progress of the economy in Belize. There is huge demand of bananas, citrus, cocoa, sugarcane, lobster and fish in the present day scenario. The farmers have even started cultivation of shrimp, tilapia fish and other staple fruits like papayas and cashews. The discovery of petroleum deposits in the Cayo District and in the Toledo District has opened venues for mining and manufacturing capabilities in Belize.