25 Interesting Facts about Belize

  1. Belize is the only Central American country where its official language is English. Many Belizeans are bilingual and speak Spanish/Creole.
  2. The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the worlds LARGEST LIVING barrier reef.
  3. The climate in Belize is subtropical, with a mean annual temperature of 80 Degrees F.
  4. Belize is a multicultural country. Some of the ethnic cultures are: Mestizo, Maya, Mennonites, Creole, East Indians, Chinese, Garinagu
  5. Belize has the ONLY jaguar reserve in the world, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
  6. The country’s two major political parties are PUP and UDP.
  7. Xunantunich is one of the most popular and most visited Mayan Temple. If you can’t remember its names just think of “tuna-sandwich.”
  8. You will not find any US fast food chains in Belize like McDonalds and Burger King.
  9. There is only one international airport in Belize which is The Phillip Goldson International Airport.
  10. The country changed its name from British Honduras to Belize in 1973.
  11. Belize’s number one superstition fact is that it is bad luck to swim on Good Friday.
  12. There are many festivals that happen yearly such as Lobster Fest, Chocolate Fest, Mango Fest, Cashew Fest ect.
  13. On Holy Saturday, there is a cycling race named Cross Country Cycling Classic.
  14. The islands in Belize are called Cayes (pronounced “keys”) and total around 450 including those on the outer atolls.
  15. Famous pop singer Madonna made a song about a town in Belize. The songs “La Isla Bonita” was written as a lament for the town of San Pedro.
  16. Belize’s currency code is BZD and the exchange rate is $2BZD to 1 USD.
  17. Belize is home to Black Howler Monkeys, which are one of the top 10 loudest animals in the world. Their piercing howls can travel up to three miles through the dense forest.
  18. Belize is home to the famous Belikin Beer and Marie Sharp Pepper.
  19. September 21 st , is Belize’s Independence Day.
  20. Famous cultural/local foods found across Belize are: Rice and Beans, Bollos, Tamalitos, Cere, Bread Pudding, Escabeche ect.
  21. Filmmaker Francis Coppla owns two resorts in Belize.
  22. Known as “royal rat” because it was served to Queen Elizabeth, a rodent dish called Gibnut is a Belizean delicacy.
  23. Within the country’s borders are over 900 Mayan Temples.
  24. Every year there is a four day canoe race name La Ruta Maya. Paddlers from all over engage in this race.
  25. Belize has over 450 different species of birds.