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The best time to visit is November-March, when days are in the 80s F/27-32 C, with nights a few degrees cooler. The second choice would be April or May as it's drier and water visibility is excellent. June-October are the rainy months, when hurricanes are possible. Although the weather is less predictable then, attractions are less crowded and hotels generally offer lower off-season rates. Snorkelers and divers claim the weather is better at that time because there's less wind - unless a storm is closing in. Humidity is almost always 70% or more, and it rains at least 50 in/125 cm a year.
Yahoo weather forecast for Belize City and Belmopan.
Coordinates: 17 15 N, 88 45
Currency: National currency is the Belizean dollars and has a fixed rate of exchange of BZ$2 to US$1. Most hotels, resorts, restaurants, and tour operators will accept U.S. currency, traveler's checks, or credit cards. Use of a credit card will often incur a 5% service charge, added to your bill by the resort, restaurant, etc. Need exchange rates? Try our currency converter.
Most ATMs don't accept foreign cards. First Caribbean National Bank (Barclays) in Belize City is said to have ATMs that can be used with foreign ATM cards.
Economy:The small, essentially private enterprise economy is based primarily on agriculture, agro-based industry, and merchandising, with tourism and construction assuming greater importance. Sugar, the chief crop, accounts for nearly half of exports, while the banana industry is the country's largest employer.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycle AC as in North America.
Official Language: English is official language although you will hear some Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib) and Creole.
Political Status: Parliamentary democracy.
Population: 262,999 (July 2002 est.)
Time: Standard Time is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-6) - the same as United States Central Standard Time. Daylight-Saving Time is not observed in Belize.