Sunday, November 21, 2010
Belize Guide: Information You Need Before Traveling to this Tropical Island Paradise
Before exploring this tropical wonderland, let us give you a brief Belize guide to the country.
Belize was formerly called British Honduras. It is the only country that embraces the Pacific
Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is a Central American country and has Guatemala (west) and Mexico (north) as its neighbors. The official language in Belize is English, so it is a very tourist-friendly place.
Belize Guide: Understanding the Culture
Belize is similar to other British colony islands in terms of culture. The people from Belize are Creole and Afro-Caribbean decent. There are also native Mayan people whose language is Spanish (which is spoken as a second language in most parts of Belize).
There was a bloody conflict in the 80s which affected Central America. Belize has not been exempted from the business of drug trade and poverty common in the region, however, it has now truly becoming a tourist destination and is very safe to visit here.
The locals are very proud of their country and they are very hospitable to visitors.
Belize Guide: Why Tourists Visit
Many people visit Belize by way of cruise ships and tourism is the major economical force of this country. The country is visited for its lush rainforest, 400 species of birds, exotic flora and fauna, deep sea fishing, a splendid coral reed for snorkeling or diving and for the Mayan ruins.
Belize Guide: It’s History
There has been dispute over Belize by the United Kingdom and Guatemala. The British did not give the country independence until 1981. Guatemala did not recognize the country until 1991. The country used to produce agricultural products such as oranges, bananas and sugar but these have not progressed to be a major source of income, thus making tourism the money earner of the country.
Belize Guide: The Climate
There are only two seasons in Belize. The first is the hot and humid summer season that occurs from February to May. The rainy season is from May to November.
Belize Guide: The Regions
Belize Guide: The Cities
Belize Guide: Other Destinations in Belize to Visit
Belize Guide: The Mayan ruins
The most popular ones include Altun Ha, Xuanantunicj, Lunaantun, Lamanai and Caracol.
Belize Guide: The Currency
For easy computation, just divide the US $ by two and that is the worth of Belize’s currency. The symbol is BZD $ and mostly they just use the $ sign.
We hope that helped you a little bit and gave you a brief introduction of Belize.