Belize is bordered on the north by Chetumal, Quintana Roo (which is south of Cancun), Mexico; on the west and south by
Guatemala; and on the east by the Caribbean.
8,908 Square Miles.
Average rainfall in the north:
Parliamentary Democracy (Prime Minister Said Musa 1998-2008)
(Other languages widely spoken, mostly as an additional language are: Spanish, Chinese (Tiawanese dialect), Mayan, Garifuna
(Carib), and Creole (this is not the New Orleans or Jamacian dialects). In Corozal it is not unusual to find some youngsters
speaking 3 or 4 languages.
British based system, school is required but not enforced especially past
49.6% Roman Catholic, 27% Protestant, 14% Other,
Volts AC, 60 Hz - American Style 2 pin plugs, although not usually grounded properly.
Currency and Exchange Rate:
Belize Dollar (BZD) $1USD=$2BZD (It is asumed BZD unless it states USD)
501 (outside Belize),
there are no city/area codes.
Central Standard all
the time. (-6 GMT)
Must have vet certificates which include rabies shots and the certificate must be less
than 30 days old. Please also e-mail email@example.com (telephone: 822-0197) before you bring your pet, and there is a fee.
Facts of interest:
*Smoking is not prohibited in most places.
*Please be advised that drug use is illegal in Belize.
*As in Mexico, Belize requires car insurance.
*Please remember that we are thought of as rich and when we do wrong
we must pay with CA$H or sit in jail until we do!
*And YES Belize has an extradition treaty with the USA. (I hear that
Panama doesn't, but that's probably a rumor too!)
DHL, FedEx, Western Union, cell phone service
(BTL uses 1900 GSM service(uses a sim card like AT&T and T-Mobile cell phones which you can unlock to use in Belize),
mail (no zip codes), ATM accept Cirrus and PLUS, internet services, and 6 Newspapers.
For other facts or questions
that you can not find in this website, please feel free to e-mail me.
We will concentrate mostly but not exclusively
on Northern Belize which is comprised of the Corozal District and the Orange Walk District. (Districts are similar to a state.)
The largest town in the Corozal District. The name "Corozal" comes from the great forest of Cohune
Nuts Palm (Corozal). The town has undergone cultural and economic transformation over the past 4000 years. It was originally
founded by refugees from the massacre at Bacalar during the Caste War in 1849 by Mayans and mestizos fleeing southern Mexico.
Corozal Town has been given a big economic boost by the Free Zone.
Old Corozal consisted of adobe and thatch structures
loosely organized into a town. Then on September 27th, 1955 Hurricane Janet hit Corozal Town. Ten houses were reportedly left
standing. Though tragic, it also created an opportunity for rebuilding a modern city with modern electricity, water, and sewage.
Corozal Town may be the only community in Belize planned and laid out by professionals.
major town in the North also grew from the flow of refugees from the Caste War. Orange Walk Town grew as the sugar industry
flourished, and with the closing of the Libertad sugar factory, became the sole processor of cane. Today, the town lives with
the constant rumble of bulging cane trucks flowing in from all corners of the north heading to the factory.
reached Belize and Orange Walk in 1958 from Canada and Mexico. They are successful farmers. The land around Blue Creek and
Shipyard are populated by the more orthodox Mennonites who choose to farm without the assistance of modern technology and
although many have decided to immigrate to Mexico they are to be replaced by Tiawanese farmers.