About Belize

About Belize

Welcome to Belize, a paradise filled with adventure and beautiful people!  Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is situated in Central America, bordered to the north by Mexico, to the west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Belize became independent from England in 1981 and since then it has become increasingly popular as an eco-tourism destination. It has a total area of 22,966 square miles, roughly the size of the state of Vermont. Much of Belize territory is in the sea and this tiny country is blessed with the 2nd largest living barrier reef in the world as well as the largest contiguous stretch of rainforest north of the Amazon.

With a small population of only around 300,000 people, Belize is an uncrowded and unspoiled environment where you can slip into a different pace of life. Belize is a melting pot of cultures consisting of Mestizo (mix of Mayan and European ancestors), Creole (descendants of African slaves and Europeans), Mayans, Garifuna (Afro-Amerindians) and an assortment of travelers, expats, and other Central American nationalities who call Belize their home. This includes Europeans, East Indians, Chinese, Middle Easterners and North Americans. There is also a small population of Dutch-German Mennonites who produce much of the country’s agriculture and live in a traditional isolated communities.

About 70,800 people reside in the country’s largest city, Belize City, which is also the main port of entry and the nation’s former capitol. After Hurricane Hattie destroyed over 70% of Belize City, the capital city was changed to the inland Garden City of Belmopan in 1961.

It is very easy to get around Belize. The official language is English, but the native dialect is Kriol. This sing-song language is the uniting factor of this diverse population. In addition, you will hear several dialects of Mayan and Spanish as you explore the highways and bi-ways of Belize. Belize is a tropical country with weather conditions being very hot and humid throughout much of the year. The rainy season is June to November, and the dry season is December to May.

For travelers, Belize is authentic in the genuine friendliness of its warm and hospitable people, its rich culture, and the captivating destinations that range from adventure and fun, to absolute relaxation. Here you will find natural beauty and a rich heritage with ancient Mayan ruins, caves, and archaeological sites.

A visit to Belize with MayaWalk Tours will be filled with amazing tours, the Caribbean sun, clear waters for quick swims and delicious Belizean cuisine, cold beers, and tropical cocktails. Here you will receive a warm welcome and feel safe in the expert care of our professional guides, drivers and staff. You will not feel like a stranger and your visit to Belize will create memories to savor for a lifetime. 

We welcome you to explore our country, our heritage and our culture and have your own UnBelizeable experience!!!

 

 

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