A pattering pictorial through coastal Belize
Photographs by Jim Klug
Location: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico
Weather: Tropical (very hot and humid). Rainy season: May to November; dry season: February to May.
History: After the downfall of Mayan cities that ruled the area until the end of the first millennium, Britain and Spain laid claim to the land in the 17th Century. The country was first declared British Honduras in 1854 and thereafter, Belize gained its independence in 1981.
Political status: A territorial dispute about the borders of Belize seems incessant between Guatemala and the UK.
Economic status: Poor; the economy relies on tourism as the number one source of foreign income. The export of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments are also important means for income.
Fishing potential: Excellent, so go support the economy!