Where is Belize?
Located on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is the only country in the area where English is the official language, although an English creole (Kriol) and Spanish are commonly spoken as well. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide.
Belize, An adventurer’s paradise
With 22,960 square kilometres (8,860 sq mi) of land and a population of only 312,698 inhabitants Belize possesses the lowest population density in Central America. Belize’s abundance of terrestrial and marine species, and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place within the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south within the country limits. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers (190 mi) long section of the 900 kilometers (560 mi) long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is continuous from Cancún on the northeast tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya up to Honduras making it the second largest reef in the world, and the largest in the northern hemisphere.
The coastal islands (cayes) provide some of the best Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in the world – including the Great Blue Hole at Half Moon Caye and the renowed Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley just off the coast of Ambergris Caye. Home to San Pedro Town – the most popular tourist destination in the country, Ambergris Caye is the largest of the cayes that dot the coastline of Belize. The flats around Ambergris Caye are a fly fisherman’s paradise where you can experience fishing like it was meant to be and achieve the ultimate dream of a Grand Slam of tarpon, bonefish and permit. Learn more about Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Fishing in Belize.
Private waterfalls, jungle canopies teeming with birds and exotic flora, hiking trails following the footprints of the elusive jaguar, iguanas splashing into crisp clear rivers – these are only a few of the options visitors have to Be One with the beauty of Belize’s rainforest. Jungle Adventures, Cave Exploration and Maya Ruin Tours are just some of the popular activities inland.
Most visitors travel to Belize by air, but you can also get here by road or boat. International flights to Belize are via Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami or Los Angeles. All international flights arrive at Goldson International Airport in Belize City. The major airlines servicing Belize are American Airlines, Continental, Delta Air Lines and Grupo TACA.