Belize Update /An Overview

Belize is a small country, the smallest in Central America. It has a population of 400,000+ and you could drive south from Mexico to Guatamala in less than 9 hours. It is bounded on the east by Mexico, on the north and the west by Guatamala and on the south coast by the Caribbean Sea.

Dangriga Town on the Caribbean coast

Dangriga Town on the Caribbean coast

What do you get in such a small package?

Hopkins Village on the Caribbean coast. Check out the signage and make your pick

Hopkins Village on the Caribbean coast. Check out the signage and make your pick

You get a people with a diverse mix of ancestries and skin-colours ranging from black to shades of brown to yellow to white. English is the official language and the language of instruction in the schools, but Spanish is almost universal followed by Kriole, Mayan, Garifuna , Mestizo, Chinese and Old German. But not to worry, English will get you anywhere or anything.

Belize City, coming in for a landing

Belize City, coming in for a landing

You get flat lands, rain forests, mountains, waterfalls and seashores.

You get two cities: Belize City, pop. 80,000, and Belmopan, the new capital of Belize where the Parliament was moved inland years ago away from the threat of another hurricane that would again blow down and wash away much of Belize City, the original capital.

Caye Caulker, a popular island in the Caribbean, 45 min.from Belize City

Caye Caulker, a popular island in the Caribbean, 45 min.from Belize City

You get about 9 towns spread across 5 Districts (the same as a Province or a State) and hundreds of villages, most everyone dominated by one or more Christian church of one or more denominations.

The Town of San Ignacio, twinned with Santa Elena, in-land near the Mayan Mountains

The Town of San Ignacio, twinned with Santa Elena, in-land near the Mayan Mountains

And you get the Caribbean Sea lapping the southern coast of Belize, home to hundreds of cayes  (small islands) prime amongst them Caye Caulker and the much larger Ambergris Caye that boasts the town of San Pedro.

Two iguanas getting to know each other

Two iguanas getting to know each other

Belize is diverse, yet magically manageable.

Check out the Menu at the Café Belize, the virtual café and restaurant created by briansbelize.com.  In the menu you will find every post presented as a food dish, some appetizers, some mains, and some desserts.

Cafe Belizeclick on the link to take you there – http://wp.me/p2orau-uc

Whet your travel appetite and come back often for more.

Bon Appetite!  Brian and Shirley.

About briansbelize

I have vacationed in Belize for more than 13 years and have come to love this country. I have traveled up and down and all around, and have a lot of information that might help you on your travels. View all posts by briansbelize

One response to “Belize Update /An Overview

  • janet and Dave

    Hi Brian…We are leaving the comfort of Florida and Adventuring to Caye Caulker this winter for two months.Hoping thats not too long in one spot the first time around.We are staying in a cottage ,a 5 minute bike ride from town.I heard about your blog when I mentioned to a friend of mine in Brantford.A little concerned about the health care on the island and safety esp at night.We want to take side trips while we are there.Whats the best way?Water taxi system?Do you walk the island of CC or do you have a golf cart or bike.?Would love to have a chat

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