Belize, former British Honduras, is a parliamentary democracy
and a Commonwealth realm. It is located in Central America, bordering the
Caribbean Sea, between
Guatemala and Mexico. The
capital is Belmopan. The country has six districts: Belize, Cayo, Corozal,
Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo.
Trinidad & Tobago and
St Vincent & the Grenadines.
Central Intelligence Agency.
Reefs, Belize (NASA - March 1995). Formerly known as British Honduras, the low
and marshy coastal plain of the small country of Belize is visible in this
photograph. A popular site for skin diving and snorkeling, an almost unbroken
chain of coral reefs and shoals stretches in the clear waters of the western
Caribbean Sea approximately 20 km from the east coast of Belize. Three large
concentrations of reefs and islands farther east are the Turneffe Islands,
Lighthouse Reef (easternmost and fish-shaped), and Glover Reef. The relatively
remote location and the pristine environment of Belize provide natural
attractions to the area. The largest city of the country, Belize City, is barely
evident on the small peninsula near the north edge of the photograph. Sugar and
citrus fruits are the country’s two leading agricultural products; tourism is
becoming a viable industry. Ethnically Belize is more closely tied to its
Caribbean island neighbors than to the Spanish-speaking countries of Central
Geographic Guide - World in Pictures, American Continent.
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