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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Belize

Geography

Belizean Geography - Beach
Beach

Belize is a small country located in Central America. In Belize's north is Mexico, while in the west is Guatemala. To Belize's east and south is a bay, which connects to the Caribbean Sea.

Belize is a fairly small and flat country. The Maya Mountains, a short and low elevation chain run through the southwestern part of the country, while in the north the land is fairly swampy. There are also a couple small islands that lie off the country's east coast along with a huge coral reef.

Weather

Belizean Geography - Rain Forest
Rain Forest

Temperatures in Belize vary little throughout the year temperature-wise, however there is a distinct wet and dry season. From about June to November the wet season dumps a lot of rain on the country, particularly in the south, which contains a number of rain forests. From February to about May is the dry season, while December and January are less predictable months. Throughout the year the country tends to be humid with daily highs of about 75-80° F (25-28° C) and daily lows that are about 10-20° F (5-10° C) cooler than day time temperatures. In the highlands it may be a few degrees cooler, particularly the higher elevation you go. There is also a threat of hurricanes from the months of June to November.

Wildlife

Belizean Wildlife - Manatee
Manatee

Belize's location between North America and South America, along with its weather makes the country incredibly diverse, despite its small size. Although some large mammals do exist, such as the jaguar and puma (cougar), most of the country's land mammals are rather small. Among these other mammals are the ocelot, otter, tapir, anteater, armadillo, deer, and monkeys. The largest mammals are off Belize's coast where whales, manatees, and dolphins swim. Also in the Caribbean Sea there are thousands of salt water fish and shellfish, including sharks, rays, eels, barracuda, jellyfish, and hundreds of other fish. Off the coast is also the world's second largest barrier reef, which is home to hundreds of rare and endangered species.

Staying in the waters, the amphibians and reptiles in Belize are impressive, including having numerous turtles, frogs, iguanas, snakes, and crocodiles. The country hosts numerous water fowls as well, such as the stork, osprey, and heron. Further inland, one can find toucans, macaws, turkeys, and owls. Due to the waters and marshes, there is no shortage of insects in Belize.

This page was last updated: March, 2013