Belize is one of the world’s most ultimate destinations for adventure. Here you will find the most prestigious barrier reef, a plethora of flora and fauna and a multitude of ancient Maya cities.
Hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching, and canoeing are only a few of the activities that lure visitors to Belize.
Below we share with you 15 fun and interesting facts about Belize that you might not know:
1.) Belize’s population in 2013 was estimated at 331,900 people. (Source: World Bank)
2.) The capital of Belize is Belmopan and is located 80 km (50 miles) inland from Belize City.
3.) Belize only has one international airport and is named Philip S.W. Goldson International which is close to Belize City.
4.) The best time to travel to Belize is from October to late April.
5.) Belize’s currency code is BZD and the exchange rate is $2BZD to 1 USD.
6.) Belize’s official language is English. However Spanish and Kriol are widely spoken.
7.) Approximately 75% of Belizeans are Roman Catholics and Protestants.
8.) Belize has a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The Queen of England is also the Queen of Belize.
9.) Belize’s country dialing code is +501.
10.) Belize has a tropical climate with two seasons: wet and dry.
11.) Belize City was founded in the mid 17th century by British lumber harvesters.
12.) The Barrier Reef is Belize’s top tourist destination and in 2014, it attracted 321,217 visitors. The reef is also vital to Belize’s fishing industry
13.) Half of Belize is covered by dense rainforest, and 80% of its rainforest remains under government protection, much of it unexplored.
14.) Over 540 species of birds have been recorded in Belize.
15.) You will not find any US fast food chains in Belize like McDonalds and Burger King.