Our country, our people

Belize is Central America’s gateway to the Caribbean. Located on the eastern coast of Central America it is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. With 22,800 square kilometers (8,800 sq. mi) of land and as of 2015 a population of 368,310, Belize has the lowest population density in Central America. The country’s population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region.Belize is a small nation with plenty to see and do. From its splendid tropical climate, to its unspoiled Caribbean islands, reefs and tropical rainforests, it impossible not to become immersed in the natural beauty of Belize.

 Belize is home to the Belize Barrier Reef and over 450 offshore Cayes ( islands). Beyond the idyllic island scenery, Belize has fantastic diving, snorkelling and fishing. That’s not all, when heading inland, Belize has ancient Maya Ruins, lush rainforest, crystal rivers, caves and beautiful waterfalls, with various jungle and wildlife reserves suitable around country suitable for hiking, bird watching and much more. Tourism along with Agriculture play major roles in the growth of Belize’s economy. Development costs are high, but the government of Belize has made tourism its second development priority after agriculture. In 2012, tourist arrivals totalled 917,869.