Beautiful Pictures of Belize
Belize and Ambergris Caye in Photos and on Gift Items
You'll enjoy these pictures of Belize, whether this beautiful little country is still on your bucket list or not. It's a popular cruise destination, while Ambergris Caye, just off the northern coast, and the nearby Great Blue Hole are prime dive spots.
Though small - just larger than the state of Massachettes - the nation is incredibly diverse. With beaches, jungles, navigable and rafting rivers, crystal clear waters covering the Belize Barrier Reef, plains and low mountains, flocks of tropical birds, and numerous Mayan Ruins, it's no wonder it's a popular destination for eco-tourists, as well as sun worshipers, snorkelers, divers, and cruisers.
I've been there several times, and would welcome the chance to return, and I don't think I'm alone in that. In short, everybody loves it there - and you will too, once you've seen these images of Belize.
Have You Been There?
Have You Been to, or lived in Belize?
The Beauty of Belize in Pictures
What follows is a group of images showing some of the many facets of Belize. These six images were gathered from around the web.
The last one shown has appeared on this page before, and won the nod from readers as the most favored picture from a previous group of images.
Now, five new ones have joined it, to see which one winds out this time.
Select your favorite, and then cast your vote below.
Palms and Pier
British Honduras (Vintage Artwork)
Underwater View of a Coral Reef in Belize
Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America. 2
Current Title Holder: Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America. 2
ABOUT the previous image: This poster received more votes than any other image in an earlier round of voting. This earned it a repeat appearance on this page.
Ambergris Caye, a popular diving and snorkeling destination, is an island just off the mainland.
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Where Is Belize?
Belize, in the very north of Central America, forms part of the western shore of the Caribbean Sea.
The independent nation - circled in red on the map to the right - is just to the south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and is bordered on the west and south by Guatemala.
Ambergris Caye (pronounced like "key"), just off the northern coast of Belize is very popular with divers and snorkelers in the know, while the nearby 407-ft deep Great Blue Hole is on every diver's bucket list.
public domain map of Central America
The National Bird of Belize
The colorful Keel-Billed Toucan is the National Bird of Belize.
Mayan Ruins at Altun Ha - Explore the Remnants of an Ancient Civilization in This Video
There are several different places in Belize where you can visit Mayan Ruins. One of the most accessible from the coast is Altun Ha. Here is a video view of the ruins there.
Some Facts About Belize
Did You Know These Things?
- Just off the coast is the Belize Barrier Reef, which, at 199 miles long is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Only one other barrier reef in the world surpasses it in length, and that is, of course, Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
- Belize is the only nation in Central America whose official language is English.
- Formerly kown as British Honduras, the country declared independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981.
- Neighboring Guatemala did not recognize the new nation for some 11 years, and there is still a dispute between the two countries over the border.
- Several hundred small islands (called Cayes) line the coast.
- Belize has the largest cave system in Central America
- The National Tree of Belize is the Mahogany Tree
- Native to Belize, the Baird's Tapir, is the largest land mamal in Central America, and the country's national animal.
- The National Bird is the Keel-Billed Toucan.
- The national flower is the Black Orchid.
The Great Blue Hole - Diving the Great Blue Hole
The Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is one of the most fascinating dive spots in the Western Hemisphere
Independence Day is September 21
Belizeans know how to celebrate!
Belize is a spectacular diving and snorkeling destination, and that what I always plan to do on a cruise that calls there. EXCEPT ONCE, when the the ship happened to call there on September 21.
Why? Because September 21 is Independence Day, and I'm glad I stayed on land that day.
In Belize City that day, I felt like I was in a wonderful old movie. No gaudy glitz. Simple, genuine national pride, and lots of congenial celebrating.
There were food vendors, happy people milling about, speeches, and a parade. The picture is of children from one of the schools assembling to march in the parade. Each contigent had on the uniform of their shool. Everyone was spiffed up, every uniform starched and pressed.
There were big, smiling policemen. I must tell you, that it seemed like only the biggest, tallest guys in the whole country are allowed on the police force. My daughter got permission to take my picture with one of them, and he TOWERED over me!
It was a fun day!
Bid on Some Belize Money - Here's Some You'll find on eBay Today
Belize has some beautiful currency and coins, too.
You'll often find collectible Belizean money on eBay.
See what's up for auction there today:
Weather in Belize
What's the weather like there?
The climate in is sub-tropical.
Average Temperature: about 72 - 80 degrees F.
Average Annual Rainfall: Vaies greatly the farther south you go - with the north of the country usually getting less than 70", and the farthest south portions twice that much or more
Rainy Season: Varies
Hunidity is much higher on and near the coast, but frequent tradewinde mitigate the effect of the high humidity.
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