Belize(formerly British Honduras) is a scenically beautiful, independent country located on the Caribbean seaboard of Central America. It has an area of approximately 23,026 sq km, and is bounded by Mexicoto the north and Guatemalato the west and south. The administrative capital is Belmopan, but the major commercial centre is Belize City, which is located on the eastern coast close to the major international airport.
The total population of Belizeis approximately 312,000 of which some 70,000 live in Belize City. Much of the country's population is ethnically diverse and includes descendants of the original Mayan culture and people of Caribbean, Caucasian, Chinese, and East Indian descent.