10 Things You Didn’t Know About Belize
Belize is known as a hidden jewel. Belize is a small country in Central America not known by many. However, in recent years tourism has become a primary source of revenue for the tiny country once commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret”. Today, Belize is no secret and if you haven’t visited Belize – it should be on your bucket list. Here are 10 interesting facts about Belize.
1. Less Populated than Neighboring Central American Countries
Belize measures approximately 8,867 square miles (22,700 square kilometers) with a population of merely 321,115. Although Belize’s population has seen an increase in the past years it still remains the least densely populated country in Central America. A great portion of Belize’s land is covered by natural resources with a high level of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity.
2. Equivalent in Size to the U.S State of Massachusetts or New England
Belize is such a small country people often ask where in the world is Belize? Belize is located in Central America bordering the beautiful Caribbean Sea by Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the West.
3. Primary Language is English
Although, Belize is located in Central America do not be surprised to learn that Belize holds more in common with the Caribbean countries. It is the only English speaking country in Central America. The local dialect spoken by all Belizeans regardless of ethnicity is Belizean Kriol. Once colonized by Britain the history has impacted the presence of strong British systems evident in Belize today.
4. Home to 8 Diverse Cultures
Belize: a melting pot of cultures! Belize has been a safe haven and home to many migrants since it was known as British Honduras in 1862. Today, Belize is home to 8 diverse cultures: Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese. The diversity is immense in this tiny country and many other languages are spoken such as: Spanish, Garinagu, German, Chinese, Hindu.