Central America; Just south of Mexico on the Caribbean coast
Tropical Climate; hot and humid with a coastal breeze; rainy and dry seasons
Apx. size of Massachusetts
English (primary); Spanish
Coastal; flat-lands; moderate mountain chain
Belize Dollars; pegged to US dollar (2 BZD : 1 USD)
Parliamentary government based on British common law
Agricultural and tourism
Telephone (cell phone) infrastructure is well-developed; Internet is very good
YOU BETTER BELIZE IT
If you are ready to take it easy, slow down and enjoy “the little things,“ then Belize will work for you.
In addition to the fact that the primary language is English, people are draw to the low-key lifestyle that the native population has adopted. The “no worries, no problems,” attitude has permeated every aspect of life and the beautiful warm weather climate compliments it perfectly. The population breakdown is mostly African-European Creoles, Spanish-Indian Mestizos, African-Indian Garinagus, Mayan Indians, Europeans, North Americans, and some Asians. The Belizean people are very friendly people and the majority of the country is very safe. Like any country, there are some neighborhoods that are higher crime areas. Fortunately, these are easily avoidable and generally out of the way for people considering investment in Belize.
Tourism is Belize’s main economy. The government has spent a substantial amount of money in recent years making sure that the industry can prosper and has passed laws to ensure that this is the case. The tourism department has recently been revamped and has established a visible presence in the country. In addition to the pristine rainforests, mountains, beaches, and the coral reef system, the country is the location of many ancient Mayan temples and wild life preserves.
As more people become aware of the treasures that exist, the Belizean government has also begun legislation to protect the very things that are attracting attention. Unlike many of the other investment destinations in Central America and the Caribbean, Belize has the benefit of having watched what unregulated growth can do to a developing area. It is apparent that the country will continue to grow, but that it will be done in a way that preserves its beauty.