Key Country Facts
The only Central American nation where English is the official language!
Maya Ruins, Old Belize, Belize River
Major exports: sugar, bananas, citrus, fish products, molasses, wood, and crude oil.
Tropical and rainy Belize! Though the capital city is Belmopan, the largest city is the former capital, Belize City. Belize gained independence in 1981 and has a total population of roughly 353,858 people (2016). Here I am only one hour behind EST.
Belize is the only Central American nation where English is the official language. Belizeans also speak Spanish, Creole, Maya, and Garifuna. Roman Catholicism and protestant Christianity are the main religions practiced.
When visiting, travelers should definitely visit the Maya ruins, which can only be accessed by climbing and explored by foot. Travelers would also enjoy exploring the jungles by horseback as well as visiting Old Belize, a hub of the country’s culture and history. Other activities include sport fishing, zip lining and snorkeling.
One fun fact about Belize is that it was named for the Belize River, a named derived from the Mayan word “Belix” meaning “muddy-watered.”