The highest point of elevation is 3,699 feet at Victoria Peak in the Maya mountains. The Northern Region of Belize consists of large area of low-lying areas. The coastal plains are comprised largely of mangrove swamps. The riches soil is found in the northern, central and southern regions of Belize.
The annual average rainfall is 50-55 inches per year in the North and reaches 180-190 inches in some areas of the South. Most of the central mountain districts average about 100 inches per year. The average temperatures vary from 75F to 90F at it extremes times of the year.
Belize City is the Principal Commercial City, which is situated almost at the center of the country on the coast. There are 6 Political Districts, Corozal District, Orange Walk District, Belize District, Cayo District, Stann Creek District and Toledo District. The Capital City is Belmopan City, which is 56 miles from Belize City.
There are four major highways in the country; the Northern Highway, the Western Highway, the Hummingbird Highway and the Southern Highway.
The Spanish first laid claim to the areas of Central America, now occupied by Belize, during the 16th and 17th centuries. British loggers, called Baymen, because they lived around the Bay of Honduras, were the first white men to settle the area. They depended on slave labor for the arduous task of removing heavy logs from the Belizean bush. Which cut the old grow timber in most of Central America. The population grew to be 75% black by the turn of the 19th century.Today there still remains many villages left over from this period of history. There were treaties signed between Spain and England allowing the Baymen to cut logwood for their dye operations, but a showdown in 1798 at St. George's Caye, by the British, in which they drove away the invading Spanish ships, gave rise to British Honduras.
British Honduras remained a British colony until 1981, at which time it was granted its independence. The name was changed to Belize in 1973, in anticipation of its impending independence."
LANGUAGES AND CULTURE
English is the official language but due to surrounding countries Spanish is spoken widely. Belize is also the home of the Garinagu, who speak Garifuna and Creole which are common languages spoken by the locals. In the south there remain many Mayan villages with their traditional way of life. Most still speak Mayan. Another most prominent culture would be the Mennonites who speak two languages being German and English. There are two groups of Mennonites; the ones that keep their traditions, the conservative and the progressive groups who have acknowledge various forms of modern technology. The Mennonites are considered to be the top Agriculture growers.
Belize is a diversified country with many different cultures such as African, British influences, Mayas, Creole, Mestizo, Mexican and other Central American countries.
1. Alliance Bank of Belize Ltd.
2. Atlantic Bank of Belize
3. Barclays Bank PLC
4. Belize Bank Ltd.
5. Nova Scotia Bank
Loans can be from 5 years (or under) to 20 years (or 25 years) and starting interest rates of 12% (to as high as 17%).
The exchange rate is 1 BZ dollar to 1 US (2:1 with the U.S. dollar). For any foreign exchange transaction you will require a permit from Central Bank. Most hotels can accomadate your transactions in U.S. dollars or by Visa, Master Card.
PERSONS (Incentive) Act- Chapter 62
1. Banana Export
3. Sugar Export
4. Aquaculture- Shrimp Farming (Export)
2. Round Trip Ticket
3. Bug repellant for some areas.
4. For USA or Commonwealth Citizens visa are not required
5. Modest Attire - Remember you will be in a rain forest.
6. Bottled water is availiable in all areas.