Country: Belize

Population: 294,385

Capital: Belmopan

Time Zone: UTC-6

Currency Name: Belizean dollar (BZD)

Government Type: Parliamentary democracy

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%

Ethnic Breakdown: mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7%

Religion: Roman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7.4%, Anglican 5.3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5.2%, Mennonite 4.1%, Methodist 3.5%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), other 14%, none 9.4%

Major Cities: Belmopan, Belize City

Phone Country Code: 501

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Official Tourism Website: http://www.travelbelize.org/

High Travel Season: mid-December - mid-April

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: b, g

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), March 9 (Baron Bliss Day), Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), May 24 (Commonwealth Day), September 10 (St. George's Caye Day), September 21 (Independence Day), October 12 (Columbus Day), November 19 (Garifuna Settlement Day), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Boxing Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Average temperatures range from 89 to 96 degrees F, depending on the season.