Here’s what we can tell you about our jewel known as Belize. It’s unique, full of adventures, educational, diverse with investments opportunities and located in the heart of Central America.
Belize occupies 8,867 square miles of land, including over 200 miles in small islands knows as Cayes. We are found to the North by Mexico, west and south by Guatemala and to the East by the Beautiful Caribbean Sea.
Our country’s population is fairly small with just over 366,954 friendly and culturally diversified people rich cultures. Our ethnicity comprises of cultures such as Mestizo, Creole, Maya, Garifuna, Arabs, German/Dutch and Asians.
Despite the fact that Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America and is located only 2 hours away from the United States, we provide sustainable investment opportunities to foreigners from around the world.
Why choose Belize?
Belize has maintained a constant GDP growth in recent years through the expansion of tourism and increased export of seafood, particularly lobster and shrimp, the government has placed equal emphasis on it’s Offshore Financial Sector.
Since our independence in 1981, Belize has introduced some progressive legislation to attract international business and investments. Thus, creating a world-class environment for the incorporation of companies that wish to conduct legitimate business internationally while ensuring security and privacy.
The Political System
The structure of government in Belize is based on the British parliamentary system, and the legal system is modelled on the common law of England. Belize has one of the most stable democratic Governments in Central America. The current head of state is Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who, as Queen of Belize, is represented in the country by the Governor-General.
However, the cabinet which is led by the prime minister, who is head of government, exercises executive authority. Ministers of the Cabinet are members of the majority political party in parliament.
The bicameral National Assembly of Belize is composed of a House of Representatives and a Senate. There are thirty-one members of the House of Representatives who are popularly elected to a maximum five-year term that introduce legislation affecting the development of Belize. The Senate which consists of twelve members are appointed by the Governor-General with a Senate president selected by the members. The Senate is responsible for debating and approving bills passed by the House of Representatives. Belize is a full participating member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The local currency is the Belize dollar (BZD) and is fixed to the U.S. dollar at a rate of two Belize Dollars per U.S. dollar (BZD $2.00 to US $1.00).
The traditional agricultural based economy has diversified with new emphasis and resources placed on tourism, manufacturing and offshore financial services. Belize through its multilateral relationships, is a signatory to the Caribbean Basin initiative, CaribCan and the Caribbean Free Trade Area, and is developing a manufacturing sector that is labor intensive and export oriented. On the border with Mexico, an excellent opportunity exists for utilizing the facility under the North American Free Trade Agreement to gain access to the United States, which is facilitated by modern highways.
Every destination in Belize offers activities of interest for all visitors. The ecology varies in each destination, showing the diversity of the country’s natural environment. Each district also possesses unique history and culture that is still visible in the social surroundings that exist today.
- Sun, sea, and sand – to name a few of some of the adventures that await your travel to Belize.
- Hike or canoe under the rainforest canopy in the company of over 500 species of birds.
- Observe stalactites and stalagmites in caves that contain pottery and ceremonial remnants of the ancient Maya.
- Island hop by kayak between the cayes or around one of Belize’s three atolls.
- Witness a sunset from atop a Maya temple
- Snorkel with the kids and learn about the biology of the barrier reef.
- Take a refreshing dip beneath one of the many waterfalls.
- Exchange vows with the Caribbean Sea lapping at your feet.
- Swap stories back at the resort after a day of wrestling with permit, tarpon and bonefish.
Be sure to visit the Online Tour available on the Belize Tourism Board’s website, where additional information can be found on Belize’s many attractions.