Fun Facts about Belize
1. Belize has around 900 Mayan sitesunnamed (9)
2. The tallest structure in Belize is a Mayan pyramid. Caracol’s El Caana ( “Sky Palace”) at a height of 137′unnamed (1)
3. Belize is home to the Black Howler Monkey. They make a startling sound and is said to be one of the loudest animals in the world.
4. Belize has a population of 351,900 for the entire country. Averaging about 35 people per square mile, making it the lowest population density in Central America.
5. Most Belizeans are trilingual: they speak Kriol, Spanish and English. Some also speak additional languages such as Garifuna, Mayan or German.
6. There has been over 540 species of birds recorded in Belize.
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7. You will not find any fast food chains in Belize.
8. Belize is roughly 180 miles long and 68 miles wide, about the same size as New Hampshire in the US.
9. 2/3 of Belizean natural forest is safe from exploitation due to strict government regulations
10. Belize shares it’s borders with Mexico to the north, Guatemala in the southwest and the Caribbean Sea in the east
11. Belize was formerly known as British Honduras, making it the only English speaking country in Central America. The name was changed to Belize in 1973 with full independence achieved in 1981.
12. The Great Blue Hole is the largest sink hole in the world. It’s more than 400 feet deep and more than 1,000 feet wide. Making it Belize’s most recognized site and one of the top 5 dive sites in the world.
13. There are 5 different wild cats that call Belize home. The Jaguar, the Jagarundi, the Ocelot, the Puma and the Margay.

14. Speed bumps are called “Sleeping Policeman”. They will sneak up on you if you are not paying attention. Belizeans have lots of amusing Creole phrases.

15. Every meal is consumed with Marie Sharpe hot sauce.  She is a local legend and makes a very good hot sauce that the country is very proud of.
16. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
17. The Mennonites have been in Belize for over 50 years, and even if they represent only few percents of the population of Belize – they contribute significantly to agriculture and the economy. Supplying the whole country with fruits, vegetables, eggs, chickens, milk and cheese. They are also known for their carpentry and engineering.


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