Geography & History

  1. 🇮🇸 The population is approximately 400,000 people, similar to Iceland.
  2. ⛏️ The country was formerly a British colony known as British Honduras.
  3. 🇧🇿 It was granted independence on September 21st, 1981.
  4. 🇮🇱 Belize has an approximate area of 23,000 square kilometers, similar to Israel.
  5. 🏢 The capital is Belmopan, previously Belize City before a deadly hurricane struck.
  6. 🇧🇿 The flag is the only country to have humans depicted as a major design element.
  7. 🗺️ There are six districts: Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek, Toledo.
  8. 💰 The U.S. dollar is accepted country-wide and pegged at $1.00 US = $2.00 BZD.

Weather

  1. 🌴 Belize has two seasons only: dry season and rainy season.
  2. 🌵 Dry season is from December to May.
  3. 🌧️ Rainy season is from June to November and is also known as hurricane season.
  4. 🌊 Belize is below sea level which makes it vulnerable to flooding by the coast.
  5. 🚧 Flooding can cause roads to be become inaccessible and caves to submerge.

People & Culture

  1. 😮 English is the primary language with Spanish being secondary.
  2. 🇯🇲 Locals also speak a dialect called Creole, a broken English that sounds Jamaican.
  3. 🇬🇧 It is the only English-speaking country in Central America.
  4. 💁‍♂️ Tipping is not required in Belize so do whatever you feel like.

Currency & Prices

  1. 🍽️ Street food can cost between $2.50 USD and $5.00 USD a plate.
  2. 🚌 Public transport costs $2.50 USD roughly and run hourly, no night buses.
  3. ⛽ Gasoline is priced at $4.50 USD per gallon, which elevates prices of goods.
  4. 🚕 Taxis on average charge $2.50 USD to $3.50 per trip, even short ones.
  5. 💵 The daily ATM withdraw limit is $500 USD and only in local currency.

Flora & Fauna

  1. 🌲 Over 60% of Belize's land surface is covered by forest.
  2. 🌊 The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world
  3. 🏠 Roughly 26% of Belizean land and sea is reserved within a total of 95 reserves.
  4. ⛰️ The highest mountain in Belize, Victoria Peak is 1,120m or 3,675ft.
  5. 🐆 Belize is home to the world's first jaguar preserve, Cockscomb Basin.
  6. 🐠 The country hosts the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere.
  7. 🧿 Belize hosts the largest sea hole in the world called the Belize Blue Hole.
  8. 🦜 Approximately 600 species of birds have been recorded as of January 2020.
  9. 🐒 Some animals local to Belize include: jaguar, manatee, tapir, scarlet macaw.
  10. 🦟 Mosquitos and sand flies are very common especially during rainy season.

Food

  1. 🥘 The most popular dish is rice & beans with fried plantains, chicken and salad.
  2. 🥥 Lots of food including the bread is cooked with coconut milk given its easy access.
  3. 🍌 Some crops that grow here: sugar cane, papaya, bananas, cacao, oranges, mango.
  4. 🍔 Belize does not have a single fast food franchise, so no McDonald's here.