Where is Belize?
Belize location and geography
Is Belize an Island? Which continent is it in?
Many people are confused by Belize and its location. Is it an island, part of Mexico, or what? Or is Belize a country?
Belize is a tiny English-speaking country on the Western edge of the Caribbean Sea, formally known as British Honduras. Belize is located in Central America, south of Mexico, east of Guatemala, and north of Honduras.
Blessed with many natural wonders, Belize contains rainforest-cloaked mountains, hidden river gorges, Mayan ruins, numerous wildlife preserves, some of the largest cave systems in the world, and the world’s second longest coral barrier reef.
Visit our printable map of Belize for a much larger map, or our map of Mayan ruins if you are planning a tour.
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The Best Place to Stay in Belize
If you want to stay at the best island resort in Belize, look no further. Our island, Long Caye at Glover’s Reef offers 10 sports, Belize huts on the water, great beaches, expert guides, excellent sport gear, and a superb menu! For PADI certifications that rival Caye Caulker dive courses, see our scuba section. Our kayak vacation packages have been receiving rave reviews for over 30 years.
We can teach you to snorkel, sea kayak, surf kayak, windsurf, paddleboard, kitesurf… and that’s only mentioning SOME of the sports we offer. We also offer Belize cave tours. Come join us and find out why our guests return year after year. Become part of the Slickrock family; we want to get to know you also!
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Belize Myth Busting
Belize is an Island
False. Belize is a part of the isthmus connecting North and South America and therefore it’s part of the Central America mainland. However Belize has many beautiful islands off it’s coast. In fact we own one of them.
Belize is Located in the Caribbean
True. Although many people think of the Carribbean in terms of Jamaica, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands, the Carribean consists of the surrounding coasts as well.
Belize is in South America
False. Technically Central America is the Southernmost portion of the North American continent. So if anything you could say that Belize is in North America. Of course no one really considers Central America to be part of either continent.
Belize is part of Honduras
False. Belize was once the colony called British Honduras, but it is not a part of the modern day country of Honduras (in fact they don’t even share a border). Unlike its neighbors, Belize retains English as its official language and remains a part of the British Commonwealth (something in common with Canada, Australia, and many other former Britsh colonies).
What’s in a (mis)-spelling?
If you’ve been spelling Belize as Bilease, or Beleez, or Balize, don’t feel bad. Here are all the misspellings we’ve seen so far: baliz, balize, beleeze, beleize, beleze, beliese, belieze, beliez, belise, bellize. Any way you spell it, you can’t find a better vacation adventure. Give us a call, we would love to help you plan your trip to Belize.