With the help of the Free Printable Labeled and Blank map of Belize PDF, you will understand the country situated on the north coast of Central America. It was the last to get independence on September 21, 1981. More can be seen in the printable world map.
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Blank Map Of Belize Pdf
Belize Map with States
Biggest Cities In Belize
Map of Belize with Capital
History Of The Capital Of Belize
Labelled Map of Belize
Printable Map of Belize:
Climate of Belize
Plant and animal life in Belize
Languages of Belize
Religion in Belize
This makes an ideal home to over 5,000 species of plants and hundreds of different animals, including monkeys, leopards, snakes, frogs, armadillos, bearsharktopuses (debatable), toucans, coatimundis, tapirs, scarlet macaws and tree otters, and kinkajous. See more in the blank map of Belize pdf below.
Belize is very concerned about maintaining the reefs and has become the first country to ban bottom trawling or seafloor fishnet dragging.
Belize, a country with an area of 22,966 sq. km (8,867 sq mi), is divided into four central geographic regions, including the relatively low Maya Mountains of the south that dominate all but the narrow coastal plain; the northern limestone lowlands and its many rivers and streams; the flat and swampy coastal plain, and the almost countless caves, islands and lagoons that fringe it’s Caribbean coastline. Belmopan is the capital situated near Belize city.
Formerly known as British Honduras, the sovereign nation of Belize is located on Central America’s eastern coast. Mexico borders the country to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. Belize encompassed an area of 22,800 square km and had an estimated population of 387,879 in 2016. The country has the lowest population density in Central America but the second-highest population growth rate (1.87% per year) in the region. See more in the blank map of Belize pdf above.
On the Belize Map with States, you will find out that Belize’s located on the east coast of the Central American region of North America, east of the very end tip of Mexico and Guatemala, with the Caribbean Sea to the east.
Belize has over 400 islands, islets, and cays along its coast in the Caribbean, including one of the largest and inhabited ones, Ambergris Cay, which, if it weren’t for that one tiny little bicoastal separating creek, would technically be an exclave attached to Mexico’s Costa Mesa peninsula. View more in the blank map of Belize pdf above.
Belize is a tropical wonderland. Because of the low population density, a considerable portion of the land, about 60%, especially inland, is forest, most of which is undisturbed.
Belize is a country on Central America’s eastern coast where Mexico and Guatemala border. The government has a coastline on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Belize encompasses a total land area of around 22,800 square km and a population of about 395,000. Belize has one of Central America’s lowest population densities and a population growth rate of 1.87% per year. The five most significant cities in Belize are Belize City, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Orange Walk Town, and San Pedro. All data comes from the Statistical Institute of Belize. See more in the blank map of Belize pdf above. The five biggest Cities In Belize are:
- Belize City – 57,164: Belize City is the most populous in Belize. It is located at the mouth of the Haulover Creek, a tributary of the Belize River, which drains into the Caribbean Sea just 5 miles away from the city. Belize City is the financial and industrial capital of the country and also its principal port. Hurricane Hattie in 1961 nearly destroyed the city but gradually recovered after the storm. Most of the central banks, insurance centers, and trade hubs of Belize are located in Belize City. The town is associated with the daily hustle and bustle and is an important cultural hub in Belize.
- Belmopan – 13,919: Unlike most other capital cities of the world, Belmopan, the capital city of Belize, is not the first biggest but the third biggest city in the country. Founded only recently in 1970 as a planned community, Belmopan is one of the newest capital cities in the world. The town was built 76 meters inland from Belize City, the country’s former capital. The destruction of the latter by Hurricane Hattie necessitated shifting the money to an inland area that would be less vulnerable to hurricanes.
- Orange Walk Town – 13,700: The fourth biggest city in Belize, Orange Walk Town is the capital of the Orange Walk District and is situated on the New River’s left bank. The town is inhabited by Mestizos, Yucatec Mayas, Mennonites, Taiwanese, Chinese, Kriols, and others. The Orange Walk Airport serves the city.
- San Pedro – 11,767: San Pedro is located on the Ambergris Caye island in Belize District. The town was once a sleepy village but soon grew to town status in 1984. Tourism is the most popular industry in San Pedro. Scuba diving facilities are extremely well-developed on the island, and there is even a hyperbaric decompression chamber here to train tourists to scuba dive.
- San Ignacio – 10,490: San Ignacio is another important town of Belize located on the banks of the River Macal at a distance of about 63 miles from Belize City. San Ignacio encompasses approximately 2.5 square miles and ranks as the second biggest city in Belize. It is the Cayo District’s economic and cultural hub. Mestizo and Kriol people dominate the population of the town. The area in and around San Ignacio is one of the major tourist hotspots of the country. The Mayan ruins of Caracol, Cahal Pech, etc., are visited by many tourists. Cave tubing is a popular tourist activity in the Barton Creek Cave.
The capital of Belize is Belmopan, which is the third-largest city in the country. Belmopan is located 50 miles inland from the Caribbean coast, near the Belize River Valley, and is situated at 76 m above sea level in Belize’s Cayo District. The city experiences a tropical monsoon climate. With the help of the map of Belize with Capital, you will be able to learn more about the country.
Belmopan is one of the newest capital cities in the world. Belize City previously served as the country’s capital; however, in 1961, the low-lying coastal city was devastated by Hurricane Hattie, destroying nearly 75% of the buildings in the town. As a result, the government decided to relocate the capital to a newer and safer location further inland, where the effects of natural disasters would be less severe. In 1962, a site 82 km west of the former capital was chosen to serve to build the new city. Since Belize was a British colony at that time, financial aid for the project was requested from the British government. The name Belmopan was derived from two rivers, Belize and Mopan. Work began in 1967, and by 1970, the city had been completed at about 12 million USD. When Belize gained independence from Britain in 1981, Belmopan remained the capital of the newly independent country Belize.
Bananas and plantains alone make up about 15% of all exports, and agricultural exports make up 40%.
Inland to the south, you reach the Maya Mountains, the highest area of the country, home to the highest point – Doley’s Delight, and numerous ancient Mayan sites hidden amongst the hills.
The New and the Hondo rivers and the river Belize provide a proper drainage system for the country. It has a subtropical climate with dray February to May and wet June to November. Belize is also attractive because it is the only country in Central America that speaks English as an official language and Belizean Creole is a second language.
As observed on the map of Belize above, the Caribbean country is dissected by a network of rivers, mostly small in length. The largest and the most significant river is the navigable Belize River which stretches from the Guatemala border to the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical rainforests cover more than 50% of the land in Belize. Located in Southern Maya Mountains at an elevation of 1124 m (3687 ft) is Belize’s highest point – Doyle’s Delight. Previously, it was thought that Victoria Peak (as marked on the map by a yellow upright triangle), located in the north of the Cockscomb basin, was the highest point at an elevation of 1120m (3675ft).
Second only in size to the Great Barrier Reef, off the northeast coastline of Australia, a 175 mile long Belize Barrier Reef fronts the Belize coastline, intermixed with literally hundreds of small islands and cays. Fifty-eight miles east of Belize City sits the Blue Hole (marked on the map above), more than 1000ft across and some 400ft deep. It is the opening to a former Ice Age cave and is today one of the world’s most popular dive sites. See more in the blank map of Belize pdf above.
Belize has a subtropical climate, with a well-marked dry season from late February to May and a wet season from June to November interrupted from August to September by another dry season. The mean temperature in Belize City is about 74 °F (23 °C) in December and 84 °F (29 °C) in July. The mean annual rainfall increases sharply from about 50 inches (1,270 mm) at Corozal on the northern frontier to 175 inches (4,445 mm) at Punta Gorda in the south. In contrast, in Belize City, rainfall amounts to about 75 inches (1,900 mm). There are, however, considerable yearly variations throughout the country. Trade winds blow onshore most of the year, and from September to December, northerly winds bring cooler, drier air. Hurricanes (tropical cyclones) are a threat from July through November. A hurricane in 2000 devastated the country’s infrastructure and displaced tens of thousands of Belizeans.
About three-fifths of Belize is forested. There are at least 50 different forest tree species, including mahogany, Santa Maria (Calophyllum brasiliense), cedar, and ironwood. In the north, limestone soils support deciduous forests, and sapodilla and mahogany predominate. In the south, the forest is taller and is evergreen. Santa Maria, rather than mahogany, flourishes on the plateau, and oak and pine grow on some of the plateau ridges. Swamp forests primarily border the rivers. On the southern coastal plain and inland from Belize City, the open savanna (grassland) is marked by scattered oaks, pines, and palmetto palms. The coast is fringed with mangrove trees. The highlands are primarily forested and are primarily uninhabited.
The abundant wildlife of Belize includes such animals as tapir, deer, jaguar, puma (known locally as “red tiger”), American crocodile, manatee, and many species of turtles, tortoises, birds, reptiles, insects, and fish. The herbivorous Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii), which is colloquially named the “mountain cow” and can weigh as much as 600 pounds (270 kg), has protected status as the national animal of Belize. In the shadow of Victoria Peak lies the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers about 150 square miles (390 square km). The sanctuary, founded in 1986, has the most concentrated jaguar population globally. See more in the blank map of Belize pdf above.
English is the official language of Belize, but most of the population also speaks a creole patois, and many Belizeans are multilingual. The Maya tells Yucatec, Mopán, and Kekchí in Belize. Mestizos speak Spanish, and the Garifuna speak an Arawak-based language and generally also speak either English or Spanish. The Mennonites in Belize speak Plautdietsch, an archaic Low Saxon (Germanic) language influenced by the Dutch.
Anglicans, who established the first church in Belize in the early 19th century, were soon followed by Baptist and Methodist missionaries. The Roman Catholic Church was established in Belize in 1851, and about two-fifths of the population adheres to that religion. Protestants account for about one-third of the people, with the largest denominations being Anglican, Pentecostal, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventist, and Mennonite. Evangelical and Christian fundamentalist churches have been increasing since the 1990s