Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A-Z April Challenge - B is for Belize

Travel is my theme for this years A-Z April Challenge.  Yesterday I talked about Alaska, which is number one on my bucket list.  Today's topic is my number two bucket list entry.  Belize is a country on the northeastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area that has English as its official language; an English creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide.
With 22,800 square kilometres (8,800 sq mi) of land and a population of only 334,297 (2013 est.), Belize has the lowest population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.97% per year (2013) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.  I teach Spanish at the high school level and have always desired to travel to Belize.  I want to stay in one of these little huts.
Is that water not amazing.  Can you imagine walking across a floor that is see through and you can see the water below you?....ok, maybe that will be a little freaky.  Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.  Belize has a diverse society, with many cultures and languages. Originally part of the British Empire, it shares a common colonial history with other Anglophone Caribbean countries. From 1862 to 1973, its name was British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1981, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
In general, Belize is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation with strong ties to the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the only country to hold full membership in all three regional organizations.  Belize is known for its September Celebrations, and is the birthplace of chewing gum and Punta music.  I can see this as a September thing I will do once I retire.  While all my friends are back in the classroom I will be lounging on a beach somewhere in Belize.


It Is Interesting To Note said...

That looks gorgeous--I want to stay in the little huts too!

Ava Quinn said...

Ahhh. That water IS amazing. And that would be the best September back-to-school-but-not-me trip ever! (Says the woman who has taught public school for over a decade. lol)

JoJo said...

I've heard that it's pretty and very American-friendly, as well as reasonably priced to vacation there.

Melinda said...

Wow, I would not have a problem going here!
Maybe someday.

M : )

Morgan Katz said...

New follower here! Love the blog and the water! Take me with you when you go there!!

Morgan Katz said...

New follower here! Love the blog and the water! Take me with you when you go there!!

Mary Hill said...

I would so love to travel to this country too. I am enjoying your posts this week. I love the look at of that beach and water. So pretty. ;)

Guilie Castillo said...

I remember once being asked, "What three countries does Mexico border?" (I'm Mexican, born & bred.) "Oh, easy," said I. "The US in the north, and in the south Guatemala and... wait, I know it... wait... No, it's a trick question!" But of course it's not, and aside from embarrassing me, it helped to illustrate how little Mexico focuses on "down below", both in education and in travel destinations. I "discovered" Belize when I lived in Cancun and met Belizean people who told me about the wonders there, but I've never been. As a scuba diver, that's a sin :)

Great post!
Guilie @ Quiet Laughter