Similar to Costa Rica, Belize has a very stable political system and a very peaceful history. Belize is a democracy, the economy in Belize is stable and the currency is attached to the US dollar, the legal system is based on the British laws from the days of the empire, and Belize is still an member of the Commonwealth.
The U.S. dollar is accepted everywhere in Belize, and the Belize dollar has been set for many years at the current rate of 2 BZ to 1 U.S.D Anything of substantial value, such as real estate, is priced in U.S. dollars. This means that prices in Belize are more stable than is the case in other countries.
Everything including street signs, laws & land documents, food menus and real estate contracts are in English. This makes Belize very attractive to English speakers as an investment, retirement, or vacation home destination. You don’t need to learn a new language, because English in the national language. Belize is the only English speaking country in all of Central America, which make transactions and procedures easy for English speaking people.
International flights to Belize are available from just about anywhere. Belize is easy to reach from the US and Canada, and now also from Europe. Its proximity to Canada and the US make a quick travel time and there is little jet lag due to time change. (Belize is on Central Time.) Flights to Belize depart from Charlotte, Newark, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, and Toronto. Belize has a safe and reliable bus network that runs country wide 7 days a week from sunrise until 10 pm or so. There are around 15 main bus companies with their respective names, logos and colors and you can travel the whole length of the country for under US$20.00
Nature and History
Thousands of species of trees and flowers, hundreds of kinds of birds and butterflies can be found in Belize. It has tropical rain-forests, reefs, beaches, and mountains, hundreds of Mayan ruins, and many rivers alive with wildlife and rare flora. From cave tubing to zip-lining, diving to sailing, snorkeling to fishing, and exploring Mayan ruins. Almost half of Belize is protected –with National Parks and Marine Reserves, including United Nations World Heritage sites such as the 27,000 acre Balcalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Belize has the 2nd largest and most complex barrier reef in the world. The marine activities and water sports are often rated among the very best in the world. This ecologically diverse, unspoiled paradise is Belize, which is also one of the least densely populated countries in the western hemisphere.
The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. Average temperature is 83oF (29oC). In winter the temperature in Belize rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while throughout summer the mercury sits at around 86°F (30°C). Humidity is also fairly consistent at around 85 percent.