MAP OF BELIZE
Destinations of Interest to Visitors
BELIZE MAP [Interpreted]
The Belize Barrier Reef stretches for more than 185 miles and is the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere and the longest unbroken barrier reef in the world. The Reef begins at the northern end of Ambergris Caye, and continues south, ending with a series of small sandy islands off the southern coast of Belize.
A low coastal plain, much of it covered with mangroves, typifies much of the coastline. Belize's shallow coastal waters are sheltered by a line of coral reefs, with many small islands, called Cayes (pronounced keys), ranging in size from a few hundred feet to 25 miles in length and four miles wide; most of which are located inside the Barrier Reef.
Total land area is approximately equal in size to the U.S. state of Massachusetts.
The Northern plains, once under water, are swampy near the coast, rising to a slight plateau in the west. The terrain is crisscrossed by waterways and much of Northern Belize, is heavily cultivated in sugar cane.
Central Belize's sandy soil supports large savannas. The Rio Bravo Conservation Area is located here. This area is largely uninhabited and supports an abundance of wildlife.
Southwest from Belize City the land begins to rise gradually towards the interior. Cayo District includes San Ignacio and Belmopan, the capitol and is home to the Mountain Pine Ridge at 305 to 914 meters above sea level.
Southern Belize - The Maya Mountains and Cockscomb Range form the backbone of the southern half of the country. Doyles's Delight, located in the Cockscomb Range is the highest point in Belize at 1,124 meters. The area southeast of the Maya Mountains, consists of many steep rivers carrying sand, clay, and silt, which has allowed the area to develop significant agricultural products, such as citrus and bananas. Southern Belize has a true tropical rain-forest that is rich with ferns, palms, and tropical hardwoods.