Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, gained it's independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. Belize is bordered by Mexico on the north, Guatemala on the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea on the east. The official language in Belize is English, but you will also find Creole and Spanish spoken.
The major attractions in Belize are:
With a population of about 230,000, Belize remains a relaxed and intimate country. Including all the offshore cayes (pronounced keys), it's total area is 8,886 sq. miles, about the size of Massachusetts. Belize is 174 miles long and is 68 miles wide at it widest point. The average temperature is about 79-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainfall in Belize varies, but it averages about 40 inches in the north, and about 160 inches in the south. The dry season varies, but it typically last from February to May in the north.
Placencia Peninsula is 16 miles long, and contains a bumpy dirt road running north up to the Southern Highway. The peninsula contains the communities of Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and Placencia Village. Placencia Village is a laid-back, isolated fishing village that was accessible only by boat until 1990 when a road was carved through the jungle. About 6 miles north of Placencia Village is the small airstrip that brings tourists to the area. About 5 miles north of the airstrip is the still primitive yet peaceful and relaxing Maya Beach.