Belize is situated on mainland Central America. The country was once part of the historic Mayan civilization. The historic and features attractions in Belize include the remains of Mayan pyramids and temples that were built between the period 1500 BC and AD 900.
Due to the historical occupation and the location in central America, the population of Belize is made up of many ethnics groups including as Creoles, Spanish, German, Mayan, African Indian, Taiwanese, Chinese, Lebanon’s, Korean and Syrian. Many of these ethnic groups settled in Belize in the early part of the 20th century (1900s). Because of this melting pot of people, the cultural heritage in Belize is rich as is the historical background. Additionally, many languages and dialect are spoken despite the fact that its main language is English. Belize is the only Central American country to be colonized by the British and subsequently Belize is the only “Latin American” country whose main language is English. Belize’s shares many similarities in its political, social and economic features with other eastern Caribbean islands because of the British occupation.
Today, Belize has two major cities; Belmopan and Belize City. Belize City is Belize’s largest city with a population of about 70,000 people. Belize City is noted for its historical architecture found in the buildings in Belize city, notably St. John’s Cathedral, which was constructed in 1812 and is known to be the first Anglican Church built in Central America.
Other example of maintain and preserved colonial structures is the Government House, This structure is a major tourist feature and was built around 1814 .Belize political and economic allegiances with those islands states, gave way to the islands membership within regional organizations such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Spanish is widely spoken because of the descendents of Mestizos groups and as well as the geographical proximity to Spanish speaking Mexico and Guatemala. Belize’s population is made up of 50% Mestizos, and the rest is Creole, 10Mayan and the country’s indigenous people. The Governor General in Belize represents the Queen of England who is the Head of State The parliamentary and legal systems are not surprisingly, based on British Common Law. Like in some other caribbean countries you can open Belize company to bring some of Belize tax advantages to your business.
Belize has a tropical climate, and very diverse geographical features comprising large grassland savannas, tropical forest, marshland, swampland, scrubland, white sand beaches Much of the country is forested areas, about 60%, and just less than 20% is populated areas.
The island can boast of a very rich and diverse flora and fauna, and is home to many species of animals. More famous though is Belize’s Great Barrier Reef and the Blue hole, which can be seen from space. It is made up of dramatic coral reefs and over 450 islets that extend over 200 miles along the Belize coast it is the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere.
Other attractions in Belize includes the world’s only manual Swing Bridge, Belize is a striking country that offers spoils from the best of many cultures and worlds.