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Belize, formerly British Honduras, is the only country in mainland Central America with English as its official language. World class attractions include exploring the lush jungles with exotic plants and animals, deep sea fishing, swimming, snorkelling and diving in the Caribbean Sea with its attractive reefs, and visiting the Mayan ruins. Income levels are still very low and the infrastructure is very basic. The Belizeans are very proud and friendly to visitors and the tourist industry grew greatly in the last decade.
Belize is the only country in Central America without a coastline on the Pacific Ocean (only the Caribbean Sea to its east). With its British colonial history and a long Caribbean coast, it's culturally similar to many of Britain's former West Indian island colonies, with a majority creole or Afro-Caribbean population. But it also includes a large native Mayan population, especially in the north and northwest of the country. As a result, although English is the official language, Spanish is also often spoken. In the south east along the Caribbean coast live the Garifuna (Black Caribs), an Afro-Amerindian culture.
- 1 Belmopan – Inland capital
- 2 Belize City – Belize’s largest city, on the Caribbean Sea
- 3 Corozal Town
- 4 Crooked Tree
- 5 Dangriga – Large Garifuna town in the south, formerly known as Stann Creek Town
- 6 Hopkins – Garifuna village
- 7 Orange Walk Town
- 8 Punta Gorda – Beautiful, quiet port town in the South; home to a complex and diverse Amerindian market on the weekends
- 9 San Ignacio – Known as Cayo to locals, Maya and Hispanic influence near the Guatemala border
- (Ві́цебск, Viciebsk) — the city of Marc Chagall.