Uniquely located in Central America and the Caribbean, Belize is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and east by the Caribbean Sea, totalling 8,867 square miles. Belize is home to diverse cultures, complemented by a beautiful mass of natural jungle and unique wildlife. Belize has a population of 314,000, representing more than 10 beautiful cultures: Maya, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, Mennonite, East Indian and more!
Belize is known for its 186 mile long barrier reef, the second largest in the world and longest in this hemisphere; home to the Great Blue Hole; nearly 500 species of fish; coral sand and subterranean coral gardens featuring over 70 types of hard corals; hundreds of islands, including mangrove covered islands; and 3 of the only 4 coral atolls in this hemisphere. Belize is also home to the prestigious Maya Mountains, which extend over the south and west of the country; has the largest cave system in Central America; and has the only jaguar reserve in the world.
Over 27 percent of Belize’s national territory is under some form of protected status, demonstrating the diversity of wildlife in the country. Rivers, hundreds of Maya sites (excavated and unexcavated), and unique archaeology add to the richness of the protected areas in Belize. Additionally, Belize has the largest cave system in Central America.
Belize is rich both biologically and ecologically with over 70 ecological systems spanning the terrestrial and marine area of the country. Blessed with so many natural wonders, Belize ensures preservation, and PACT is the most prominent trust in ensuring management and development of all protected areas.