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Location: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico
Geographic coordinates: 17° 15' N, 88° 45' W
Coastline km: 386 km km
Climate: tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May)
Terrain: flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south
Elevation: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Victoria Peak 1,160 m
Natural hazards: frequent, devastating hurricanes (June to November) and coastal flooding (especially in south)
Currency: Belizean dollar (BZD)
Population: 294,385 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Spanish 46%, Creole 32.9%, Mayan dialects 8.9%, English 3.9% (official), Garifuna 3.4% (Carib), German 3.3%, other 1.4%, unknown 0.2% (2000 census)
Divisions: 6 districts; Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo
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