The country of Belize is located in northeast Central America. It shares borders with México, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. It is the only Central American country where English is the official language. Some quick facts about Belize include:
- With a land area about the same size as the state of New Jersey and a population of around 330,000, Belize has the lowest population density in Central America.
- Prior to 1973, the country was known as British Honduras. This former British Colony became in independent country in 1981.
- Since the 1970s, Belize’s capital city has been Belmopan. The government relocated from its previous capital and coastal city, Belize city, after hurricane Hattie destroyed much of the city in 1961.
- With close to 2 million tourists visiting the country annually, it’ no surprise that tourism the country’s main source of revenue!
- Belize is home to the first jaguar preserve in the world, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Belize is also home to one of the loudest animals in the world, the howler monkey.
Text by Lynne Guey.