52 Fascinating Fact About Belize

Belize is located south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, bordered on the west and south by Guatemala. Its extensive east coast is predominantly flat and swampy. In the south, it has modest mountains. Tropical forest occupies over half of the country's land area. Belize Barrier Reef is the world's second largest, behind Australia's. With over 100 different types of coral and over 500 different species of sea creatures, it's a scuba diver and snorkeler's dream. Almost half of Belize's mainland is covered in rainforests. Rainforests are crucial for climate stabilization and are frequently referred to as the earth's ``lungs.`` Much of Belize's rainforest is protected by the government in the form of an animal sanctuary, wilderness area, or national park.

Fascinating Facts:

Belize has Central America's lowest population density, at just 15 people per square kilometer.
Belize's 185-mile-long Barrier Reef is home to over 400 species of fish.
Doyle's Delight, a tree-covered mountain summit where several Jaguars lie in the dark of night, is Belize's high point.
Ambergris Caye is Belize's most developed island, measuring 25 miles in length.
Belize is one of the world's least populous countries.
The authorities safeguard about 80 percent of the rainforests and are completely inaccessible.
The pyramidal structure El Castillo is Belize's tallest man-made structure. A ghost is known as a "stone-woman" is claimed to ascend the stairs and merge with the temple wall. She is said to have fiery eyes and wears white garments.
Belize receives up to one million tourists each year; 70% of them are Americans.
A Guatemalan minor was assassinated near the Belize border in 2016. This incident prompted Guatemala to send an additional 3000 troops to the Belize border.
Belize's Black Howler Monkeys are among the world's top ten loudest creatures.
Although the islands have been deserted for years, each Caye is assigned a watchman by the authorities. This is, without a doubt, the mother of all pleasurable occupations.
The Maya were the first people to settle in Belize circa 1500 B.C.E. They constructed a number of settlements, as evidenced by archaeological records, including Caracol, Lamanai, and Lubaantun.
Belize's forests generate an astounding variety of cashew trees. Some are delectably edible, while others are downright toxic.
The Great Blue Hole is the world's largest sea sinkhole and a scuba diver's paradise. It is a massive depression in the middle of the sea, measuring 984 feet across and 407 feet deep. Additionally, it is included in the wider Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.
In Belize, it is considered unlucky to swim on Good Friday.
The country is subtropical, with an annual mean temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Belize has Central America's lowest population density, at just 15 people per square kilometer.
Belize is located in Central Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time.
Agriculture, agro-based industries, tourism, construction, and merchandising dominate the country's market.
It is Central America's sole state without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean.
Belize City is the capital city of Belize and is located at the mouth of the Belize River.
For the preceding 30 years, Belize has been losing forest at a rate of 10,000 hectares per year.
Belize is home to around 900 Maya temples.
Belize has Central America's third-highest per capita income.
Belize is home to the world's second-largest barrier reef system, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, dubbed the Great Mayan Reef.
Belize's islands are referred to as Cayes (pronounced "keys") and number approximately 450, including those on the outer atolls.
Belize is a popular sun-drenched paradise with several unique hangout spots. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world's only jaguar refuge.
Belize is home to the world's only Jaguar refuge, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Belize Defense Force (B.D.F.) is composed of 1400 people divided throughout its army, navy, and air force.
Belmopan is Belize's capital city, and its name is derived from the combination of the terms "Belize" and "Mopan."
Belize is frequently referred to as the "Jewel in the heart of the Caribbean basin."
Belize's currency is the Belize dollar, which has the ISO 3166 code B.Z. Since 1978, the official exchange rate has been set at two B.Z.D. to one U.S. dollar.
Civil unrest was sparked in 2005 when Belize introduced a completely new national budget with considerable tax increases.
On September 21, 1981, Belize declared independence from the United Kingdom.
Belize received its current name in 1973, following the country's independence from the United Kingdom. It was once known as British Honduras.
The country's estimated G.D.P. is 1.354 billion dollars, and the United States of America, Mexico, Central America, and the European Union are the country's primary trading partners.
Belize and Guatemala both seek to embarrass one another in international venues and aspire to stage referendums before the United Nations to validate their territorial claims.
The Belize Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere's largest barrier reef, running 185 miles along the Caribbean Sea's shoreline.
Belize's Mayan civilization is thousands of years old, nearly magical, and undeniably interesting.
Belize is home to about 600 Mayan archaeological sites, the majority of which remain undiscovered and partially submerged.
Together with Australia and Mauritius, Belize is a co-champion of the Blue Charter Action Group on Coral Reef Protection and Restoration.
Belize is a synthesis of different ethnic groups that arrived in the country at various stages to avoid persecution, captivity, and war. Among them are the Garinagu, Mennonites, Mestizos, and Creoles.
Belize's National Day is observed on September 10. In 1798, the English, one of Belize's colonizers, defeated and expelled another colonizer, the Spanish. Since that time, Belizeans have observed what the English do not.
Over 90% of Belizeans are literate, and the majority can communicate in three languages: English, Spanish, and Creole.
Belize's national flower is the black orchid, a true ebony beauty.
Belizean cuisine is homogeneous and rewards you with variety and surprises.
Belizeans are laid-back people that want to take things slowly. The majority of the state is very social and resides in tiny towns and villages.
Belize's small population is ethnically diversified and heavily influenced by immigration.
Belize boasts one of Central America's most stable and democratic political systems.
After the country's former capital, Belize City was destroyed by a hurricane. New capital Belmopan was constructed inland, approximately 50 miles west of Belize City, which remains the country's commercial and cultural hub and its most populous city.
Belize is said to have been named after the Spanish pronunciation of Peter Wallace's surname, a Scottish buccaneer.
The country has a coastline of 174 miles.