This Beautiful country is located in Latin America, on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize's capital is Belmopan.It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English. Even though English is the main language both Spanish and Belizean Creole are often spoken. The population is about 301,000 people, its the least populated country in Central America. The average life expectancy for Belize is 68.49 years.
Belize is separated into four main regions, including the relatively low Mayan Mountains of the south that over power all but the narrow coastal plains. Them there's the northern lowlands and its numerous rivers and streams; the flat and swampy coastal plain, and the almost countless caves, islands and lagoons that outline its Caribbean coastline.
Belize's eastern border is next to the Caribbean Sea. The central coast is on the open sea, but the northern shoreline forms one side of Chetumal Bay, while the southern coast borders the Gulf of Honduras and Amatique Bay.
The Maya and Cockscomb mountain ranges form the backbone of the country. The Maya Mountains rise to a height of 3,400 feet, spanning from the northeast to southwest across the central and southern areas of the country. The country's highest elevation, Victoria Peak, is located in the Cockscomb Mountains.
The climate of Belize is separated by two seasons: a rainy and a dry season. In Belize, most of the year’s rainfall occurs during June to November, the rainy season. The transition from dry to the rainy is very noticeable. Average yearly rainfall across Belize ranges from 60 inches in the north to 160 inches in the south. The onset of the "dry" varies widely from year to year, but once the onset of the dry starts, the actual amount of rain falling during the "dry" is a predictable amount. As a rule though, the higher the average rainfall, the greater the shift is from the normal.
Temperatures in Belize range from 50°F to 95°F with a yearly average of 79°F. November to January are usually the coolest months with a 75°F average. May to September are the warmest at about a 81°F average.
The Belize government is called "Parliamentary democracy within the British Commonwealth". The prime minister is Dean Barrow. The type of government system the have is a monarchy government. The monarchy of Belize is a system of government in which a hereditary monarch is the sovereign of Belize, holding the position of head of state; the is the well known Queen Elizabeth II, officially called Queen of Belize, who has reigned since 21 September 1981.
Belizean cuisine is an mixture of all ethnicities in the nation of Belize and their respectively wide variety of foods. Breakfast consists of things that are homemade like fry jacks. Fry jacks are eaten with different cheeses, eggs, or tea. Lunch varies, from lighter foods like rice and beans with or without coconut milk, tamales, and meat pies to different dinners made with some type of rice and beans, meat and salad. The nation is filled with restaurants and fast food establishments selling fairly cheaply. Local fruits are quite usual, but raw vegetables from the markets aren't. Mealtime is a gathering for families and schools and some businesses close at lunch, and reopen later in the afternoon.
The Roman Catholic Church was established in Belize in 1851, and about one-half of the population adheres to that religion. Protestants account for about one-third of the population
Belize sports and activities take after the nature of the British so that's why soccer and cricket are more popular in this country. Track and field, boxing and tennis are also a common sport.
- Many Belizeans avoid swimming in the ocean or rivers on Good Friday; it is viewed as bad luck. Local Mothers can often be heard telling their kids they “will turn fish!” if they swim on this day!
- Belize has its own version of Big Foot/Sasquatch, called El Sisimito. It is a large creature that has no knees, has its feet on backwards and likes human flesh!
- There is no McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks or KFC in the entire country of Belize!!!
- Belizean folklore tells of a 3-foot tall, evil dwarf called El Duende. The thumb less dwarf is said to hang out in the forest and punish any children who kill animals!
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