Belize (formerly British Honduras) is located on the northeast coast of Central America and is the only country in the region where English is the official language, although Spanish and Kriol are commonly spoken. With more than 22,500 square miles (180 miles long by 68 miles wide) and a population of only 330,000, Belize has the lowest population density in Central America.
Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Getting to Belize is easy. Direct flights arrive in Belize City from Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and Newark. Most of the smaller cities and towns around Belize are served by small planes (Cessna Caravans) which have regularly scheduled flights to most areas. Some water taxi services are also available to get out to the islands, or Cayes (pronounced KEYS) as they are referred to in Belize.
The climate in Belize is sub-tropical. The humidity, while high, is not generally an issue. Coastal areas benefit from easterly trade winds averaging 10-13 knots. Temperatures range from 50°F to 95°F with an annual mean of 79°F. November to January is traditionally the coolest time of the year with a 75°F average and May to September is the warmest at about an 81°F average. Location is a big factor for temperature, as Cayo to the west can be several degrees colder than along the coast. However, the average temperature in the mountains is 72°F.
The currency in Belize is the Belize dollar. For a long while this has been pegged at two Belize dollars for one US dollar (bz$2=$1), which gives it more stability than many of the other Central American currencies.
Central America is quickly becoming the preferred vacation, retirement and relocation destination for Americans and Canadians alike. Within the region Belize stands out as one of the friendliest countries and here are a few of the reasons why:
- Tax breaks
- Peaceful, law-abiding country
- English speaking
- Good educational system
- Sub-tropical climate all year long
- Easy access to land for development or construction of a retirement home
- Strong stable Belize dollar
- Abundance of natural resources
- Barrier reef
- Breathtakingly beautiful
- Friendly people
If you would like to know more about Belize or you are planning a visit, do not hesitate to contact us. Ambergris Seaside Real Estate can provide valuable information that will save you time and money as well as make your trip a more enjoyable one.