Belize

Information/Vacation for Belize

Land and Climate

  • Belize covers about 8,867 square miles.
  • About 60% of Belize is forested.
  • Belize has a wet season (August to January) and a dry season (February to July).
  • Belize's coast is plummeted by hurricanes from June through October.
  • Belize contains the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world.

History

  • The Maya thrived in what is now Belize in the 3rd to 9th centuries (200-800 AD).
  • The Europeans came here in the 16th century (1500s AD).
  • British pirates came here in the 17th century (1600s AD).
  • Belize became a British crown colony in 1862 and became an internal self-rule in 1964.
  • Britain removed their troops in 1993.
  • Guatemala claims most of Belize.

Government

  • Belize is ruled by a Parliamentary Democracy.
  • The House of Representatives has 31 seats.
  • The Senate has 12 seats.
  • Representatives are reelected every 5 years.
  • Belize consists of 6 districts.
  • The two main political parties are People's United Party (PUP) and United Democratic Party (UDP).
  • The voting age is 18.

Economy

  • 10% labor force is agriculture production.
  • The main exports are sugar, citrus, molasses, bananas, wood, and wood products.
  • The US, UK, and Mexico trade with Belize.
  • Belize is currently building oil reserves.
  • Tourism is becoming larger and more important.
  • About 1/3 of Belize's population is in poverty.
  • Belize uses the Belizean dollar (BZD) witch is like the United States' dollar using the 2-1 ratio.
  • The unemployment in youth is becoming a big problem.

Vacation Plan

  • Day 1--Travel--Wednesday
Round trip flight costs for 2 adults: $943 each person for a total flight cost of $1,886 Departure 6:00 pm ORD Chicago, IL

Arrival 9:30 pm ATL Atlanta, GA

Departure 10:00 pm : ATL Atlanta, GA

  • Day 2--Travel/Arrive--Thursday

Arrival 12:40 pm BZE Belize City, Belize

Baggage claim, cab to hotel 12:40 pm-2:30 pm

Arrive at Princess Hotel & Casino Belize 2:45 pm, $80 per night, total room cost $560

Check into hotel change for hike 3:00 pm

Manuel Antonio National Park hike $57 each, total $94 for 3.5 hrs from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Arrive back at hotel for dinner 7:30 pm, $4.66 each, total $9.32

  • Day 3--Adventures--Friday

Ocean Kayaking and Snorkel Adventure, 4 hr duration, Cost $71 each, total $142

Other daily expenses

Breakfast--Free

Lunch--$9.32 total for both

Dinner--$9.32 total both

Meals total--$18.64

Shopping--$100.00

  • Day 4--Adventures--Saturday

Horseback Riding Adventure Tour, 5.5 hr duration, Cost $71 each, total $142

Other daily expenses

Breakfast--Free

Lunch--$9.32 total for both

Dinner--$9.32 total both

Meals total--$18.64

Shopping--$100.00

  • Day 5--Adventures--Sunday

Jet Ski Snorkeling Adventure, 3.5 hr duration, Cost $132 each, total $272

Other daily expenses

Breakfast--Free

Lunch--$9.32 total for both

Dinner--$9.32 total both

Meals total--$18.64

Shopping--$100.00

  • Day 6--Adventures--Monday

Damas Island River Safaris 4 hr duration, Cost $67 each, total $134

Other daily expenses

Breakfast--Free

Lunch--$9.32 total for both

Dinner--$9.32 total both

Meals total--$18.64

Shopping--$100.00

  • Day 7--Adventure & Departure--Tuesday

Rainforest Canopy Tour 4 hr duration, Cost $69 each, total $138.

Other daily expenses

Breakfast--Free

Lunch--$9.32 total for both

Dinner--on plane

Meals total--$9.32

Shopping--$100.00

Departure 6:00 pm BZE Belize City, Belize

  • Day 8--Travel--Wednesday

Arrival 9:37 pm ATL Atlanta, GA

Departure 10:30 pm ATL Atlanta, GA

  • Day 9 Travel & Home

Arrival 1:45 am ORD Chicago, IL

  • Vacation costs

Starting amount: $6,500.00

Flight: $1,886.00

Meals: $102.52

Shopping: $500.00

Adventures: $922.00

Total spent: $3410.52

Remaining balance: $3,089.48