Belize Guide

Belize Guide

Country data

Location: Central America

Time zone: CET – 7 (during summer time: CET – 8)

Total area: 22,966 km²

Land area: 22,806 km²

Water area: 160 km²

Length of the state border: 542 km

including:
Guatemala: 266 km
Mexico: 276 km

Coastline: 386 km

Capital: Belmopan

Districts: 6
Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo

Electric current: 110 V / 60 Hz

Telephone code: 00 501 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Doyle’s Delight

Population

Population: approx. 340,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 1.9% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 15

Life expectancy: 67 (male), 70 (female)

Official language: English

Religions:

  • 39% Roman Catholic
  • 4% Baptists
  • 3% Methodists
  • 54% other

Climate

In the subtropical to tropical climate zone, it is almost always very warm and there is high humidity (often over 70%).

From November to February it is hot during the day (> 30 ° C) and there is almost no rain.

The main rainy season lasts from June to September. More rain falls in the north of the country than in the south.

Belize

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Belize Dollar (BZD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: There are only a few devices.

International credit cards: These are accepted in larger hotels and shops.

Regulations: The import and export of local currency is limited to an amount of 100 Belize dollars.

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies that can be imported. The export is limited to the amount declared at the time of import, minus the amounts exchanged.

The exchange of money should only take place at approved exchange offices and the receipts should be kept well until departure.

Cash payments are common in the interior of the country.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Objects of cultural and historical importance (artifacts, ancient objects) and products from the sea are not allowed to be exported from Belize.

Behavioral advice

Due to the high increase in the crime rate (drug offenses, robbery, theft) in recent years, attacks on tourists have also increased.

We recommend that you observe the following measures:

  • do not wear jewelry or money visibly
  • Always deposit valuable things in the hotel safe
  • Do not undertake individual tours even during the day (only in groups)

Economy

The Central American country, which has been independent since 1981, has developed politically and economically very stable since the 1990s.

The export of all kinds of wood is the main source of foreign exchange income for Belize.

Industries: clothing production, food production, tourism

Natural resources: fish, wood, farmland, hydropower

Land use:

  • Usable land: 2%
  • Grain cultivation: 1%
  • Pasture area: 2%
  • Forests: 92%
  • other: 3%

Plants

The very flat country only has a few mountains in the south, which are home to a flora that is unique. Hundreds of different types of plants and trees attract botanists and interested tourists every year.

The coastal plains often consist of marshland and are still largely unexplored.

Large parts of the coastal strip are overgrown with mangroves. In the interior of the country there are large areas of tropical rainforest, which has been able to develop until today without human intervention.

About half of the country’s area was placed under natural protection.

Animals

Both on land and in the air, thanks to the many nature reserves that have been set up, most animal species live almost completely undisturbed. The multitude of different species is almost impossible in any other country.

A very large amount of different fish and coral species complete the picture of the species-rich animal world.

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