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The Just Student Jobs Country guide for gap year travel in Central America - Belize

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Population : 279,457

Literacy rate : 94.1%

Life expectancy at birth : 67.49 years

Infant mortality rate : 25.69 deaths / 1000 births

Population growth rate : 2.33%

GDP growth rate : 3.5%

GDP per capita : $6,500

Inflation : 2.9%

Climate : Tropical climate, hot and humid

Time : : GMT -6 Hrs

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Information from the Belize High Commission, featuring country, travel and tourist information, can be found at

With the wealth of adventurous activities available in Belize, it is no wonder that tourism is the largest source of income for this small country. The country is situated on the Caribbean coast, and benefits from a warm subtropical climate. Sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala, this English speaking country gained its independence from the UK in 1981 (before then it was called British Honduras).

Geographically, Belize is something of an adventurer’s paradise. This is a place for the true explorer, where opportunities for treks in unspoilt jungle or tropical watersports take the place of modern living. Although only small, the country boasts the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere at 185 miles long. Between the reef and the mainland lies a series of islands (called “cayes”), which make a perfect home for the notable array of birds and sea creatures. The cayes are an area of remarkable beauty and provide ample opportunity to participate in the many watersports and sea based activities on offer, including scuba diving and sailing.

Activities in the country are rather unsurprisingly aligned with the spectacular and varied terrain throughout. In the south, the mountainous and somewhat remote district of Toledo is covered in rainforest, and represents great opportunity for stunning cultural expeditions well off the beaten track. Natural attractions within the lush rainforests include the five wildlife reserves, as well as the various waterfalls, caves and other natural landmarks. The region benefits from rich cultural diversity, where Maya Indian communities reside in over thirty villages in the region.

Entry requirements

UK citizens can stay in Belize for up to 30 days without a visa, although passports should be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival.


Cases of cholera and Dengue fever have been found, take care when swimming outdoors.

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