Belize - An Overview
On the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is the commercial and cultural capital of the country, with a population of around 90,000 people. Belmopan, located in the nation’s interior, is the capital, only about an hour away. The total population of Belize is around 350,000 people (and we can use one more … you.)
Belize’s climate is tropical with average temperatures ranging from 24 C (75.2 F) in January to 27 C (80.6 F) in July. (That’s gotta tempt you.)
The national currency of Belize is the Belize Dollar (BZ$). It has a 2:1 fixed exchange rate with the U.S. Dollar (US$1 = BZ$2).
US Dollars are widely accepted by most businesses in Belize.
The people in Belize are awesome. Often referred to as a “melting pot,” it’s impossible to visit Belize and come away with an impression of one group as a majority. Major ethnic groups include Caucasian, Creoles, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, East Indians, Arabs, Chinese, and Spanish. (Fortunately, almost everybody speaks English.)
The melting pot diversity is also evident in Belizean culture – the people are fun-loving yet industrious and hard-working. Everybody can feel at home.
Belize has a geographic area of around 9,000 square miles (but who really knows what a square mile is anyway?). Our nation is 175 miles at its longest (north-south) point and 69 miles at its widest (east-west) point.
We are bordered by the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico (think Cancún and Playa del Carmen … and their beaches!) and Guatemala (the Tikal ruins are just around the corner), and of course, the Caribbean Sea.
Belize is conveniently situated at the center of Central America, North America, and the Caribbean. Picture a triangle and at the center, there we are. Flights to other locations throughout the Western Hemisphere are easily accessible.
Government and the Law
Belize is a (legit) democracy with peaceful transfers of power from one party to another based on free and fair elections
The government has three branches: the executive, legislative, and judiciary. The legislative branch includes a Senate and House of Representatives and functions similarly to the system in the United States. The judiciary branch originates in English Common Law and includes Magistrate’s Courts, the Family Courts, the Supreme Court, The Court of Appeal and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Nominal executive authority is vested in the Queen of England (seriously), who is represented in Belize by a Governor General. True executive authority rests with a Prime Minister, who is the leader of the ruling party in the House, which is decided by popular election.
Belize is a member of the United Nations, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), and the British Commonwealth.
Belize is at the heart of the ancient Maya civilization and home to incredible Mayan ruins like the ones at Xunantunich. We also have the second largest barrier reef in the world, now a World Heritage Site. Belize has hundreds of cave systems and lays claim to the largest cave system in all of Central America. Scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, bird watching, rafting and jungle tours are but a few of the tourist attractions in Belize.
Why choose Wrobel & Co?
Let us Count the ways:
We all live in Belize, so we know the lay of the land in our country.
We are a law firm, so we know the ins and out of the legal system here.
We are big enough to get you what you need when you need it ... but we are small enough that you'll be treated as valued customer and friend.
We're available Monday through Friday from 8 - 5pm CST to answer any questions you may have in a friendly, professional manner.