Driving Directions Belize

BELIZE is a small Central American country on the southeast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. Its coastline on the Gulf of Honduras approached through some 550 kilometers or 342 miles of coral reefs and keys (cayo). The coastal area and north of the country are low-lying and swampy with dense forests inland. In the south, the Maya Mountains rise to 1,100 meters or 3,609 feet.

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The subtropical climate is warm and humid, and the trade winds bring cooling sea breezes. Rainfall is heavy, particularly in the south, and hurricanes may occur in summer. The dense forests which cover most of the country provide valuable hardwoods such as mahogany.

Most of the population make a living from forestry, fishing or agriculture although only 5 percent of the land cultivated. The main crops grown for export are sugar cane, citrus fruits (mainly grapefruit), bananas and coconuts. The industry is very underdeveloped, causing many people to emigrate to find work. Belize is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist resort and has a rich archaeological heritage of Maya sites. The official language is English although many others spoke including Mayan, Carib, and Spanish.

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