Belize was settled by the English in 1642 and became a Crown Colony in 1862. The colony became an independent country, peacefully separating from England on September 21th, 1981.
Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is located in the heart of the Mayan limestone lowland rainforest, bordering Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Belize is 176 miles long, 88 miles wide and covers 8,867 square miles, including 266 square miles of offshore islands.
Belize is truly a melting pot of colorful personalities, a population of 321,115 residents, the Belizeans are made up of a harmonious combination of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Lebanese and Chinese. Expatriates from Canada, Europe, and United States are also here, many came to retire.
English remains the official language but you will hear Belizean Creole, Spanish, Garifuna, Mandarin, German and three Mayan languages.
We are a member of the British Commonwealth and work with the Caribbean Single Market Economy.
Belize is a country with a rich variety of wildlife, because of its unique position between both North and South America, and a wide range of climates and habitats for plant and animal life. Belize’s low human population, and approximately 8,867 square miles (22,970 km2) of undistributed land, provides an ideal home for more than 5000 species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals.
As a part of the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor which stretches from southern Mexico to Panama, Belize’s biodiversity – both marine and terrestrial – is rich, with abundant flora and fauna. Belize is also a leader where it comes to protecting its biodiversity and natural resources.