Belize is a Central American country about the size of Massachusetts with a population of only 320,000 and with a government modeled after the British system. Once called British Honduras, the nation became independent from Great Britain in 1981, and is still part of the British Commonwealth.
Belize borders the Caribbean coast of Central America on the east, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula to the north, and Guatemala to the west and south. English is the official language, and it is fascinating ethnic mix include: Hispanic, Creole (African-European), Mestizo (Spanish-Indian), Mennonite, Garifuna (African-Indian), Mayan, Anglo-European, Middle Eastern and Asian.
It is becoming more and more well-known because it is home to the hemisphere’s largest barrier reef, the second largest in the world (next to Australia) and acres of jungle with a plethora of wildlife and flora that is constantly studied by scientists and enthusiasts alike.
The interior part of the country is a 65 percent uninhabited wonderland of deep jungle rain forest, exotic native species and ancient Maya temple sites. Spectacular natural attractions and the excitement of discovering Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret draw travelers from around the globe, promising both relaxation and the richly rewarding authenticity they seek in a genuine Caribbean getaway.
Offering a subtropical climate with brisk prevailing trade winds from the Caribbean and an average temperature of 80 degrees F, Belize has two seasons: the dry season from December to May, and the "green or rainy season" from June to November. Any day of the year, you'll call it Paradise.
The local currency is the Belize dollar. US $1 is equivalent to BZ $2 and does not fluctuate. US currency is readily accepted throughout the country. ATMs are located countrywide in the main cities and towns and most allow cash withdrawals via credit card.
The electrical systems in Belize is the same as in the United States: 110 volts A.C. power is provided throughout the country. In most parts of the country, power supply is fairly stable and reliable. Service is fair and it is necessary for hotels wanting to deliver luxury class service to install backup generators. Continuity of electricity is between 90% and 95%.
Quality Belize tap water is treated in cities and towns. Tap water and ice in beverages are very safe to consume. Bottled water is also available throughout the country.
Passport- Visitors to Belize must posses a passport valid for at least three months after date of arrival and a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover their stay.
Visitors are given a one-month stay, after which an extension can be applied for with the Immigration Department.
Visas are not required for citizens of the United States and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom and its territories, European Union, Caribbean and Central American Countries.
For visitors driving/boating into Belize from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit must be secured at the point of entry. Vehicle/vessel permits are valid for 30 days
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J & M Belize Travel was founded by Jocelyn and Maurice in 2013. Maurice was born and bred in Belize but moved to Pittsburgh after meeting Jocelyn and eventually getting married. Before he moved from Belize Maurice worked in the Belize tourism industry for over a decade, working at some of Belize’s most stunning locations including Francis Ford Coppola Blancaneaux Lodge Costa Maya Beach Resort, Cahal Pech Village Resort and so many more.
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