Belize is located on the Yucatán Peninsula in Central America and borders Guatemala and Mexico.

Belize is located on the Yucatán Peninsula in Central America and borders Guatemala and Mexico. With 22,965 km² Belize is the second smallest country on the American mainland after El Salvador - about 375,000 inhabitants live in Belize, 22,000 of them in the capital Belmopan.

Until the 1970s, Belize City was the capital of the country, which was, however, increasingly destroyed by hurricanes, so that Belmopan in the interior received the title of the capital of Belize. Hundreds of small coral islands, also called Cays, lie off the coast in the Caribbean Sea and also belong to the national territory of Belize.

The Caribbean country is particularly popular with American visitors, and more and more Europeans are moving to the lively holiday regions of Belize City, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye or Punta Gorda. The paradisiacal beaches with white sand and crystal clear water offer optimal conditions for bathing holidays in the Caribbean. The colourful underwater world at the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, inspires divers and snorkelers.

The landscape of Belize is multi-faceted, around 40% of the country is protected. There are sandy beaches, mountains and lowlands, about half of Belize is forested. In the south of Belize, in the Maya Mountains, the mountains Doyle's Delight (1.124 m) and Victoria Peak (1.122 m) are the highest peaks of the country - an El Dorado for hiking and nature lovers.

In the northwest of Belize there is green lowland, while the Caribbean Sea is home to a wide coastal lowland with marshlands, rivers and lagoons. The coral islands off the coast of Belize form the more than 250 km long Belize Barrier Reef.
Belize's flora is incredibly diverse, with orchids, palm trees, cedars, pines, mahogany trees and tropical rainforest.

In Belize's landscape, various animal species have found a suitable habitat, including jaguars and pumas in the forests, reptiles, a colorful flock of birds and exotic marine life such as turtles, rays, nurse sharks and colorful fish in the underwater world.
The climate in Belize is tropical, the average temperature in the coastal area is 25 degrees all year round, in the mountains it is a little cooler. Most rainfall falls between June and October, when humidity is highest and tropical storms can form along the coast. With year-round water temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius, Belize has a continuous bathing season.

Belize is a country of Mayan culture - worth seeing are the Lamanai temple complex in the middle of the rainforest, the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, the ruined city of Altun Ha and the ruins of Caracol with its impressive pyramid. The mysterious limestone cave Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most beautiful caves in the world, while the impressive Great Blue Hole in the Caribbean Sea is best seen from above on a helicopter flight. Nature parks worth seeing are the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary with magnificent vantage points at around 1,000 m above sea level, the animal-rich Howler Monkey Sanctuary and the marsh landscape in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Belize City and the capital Belmopan also offer visitors plenty of culture and cuisine.

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