Belize (pronounced /b??li?z/), formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Once part of the Mayan, and very briefly the Spanish Empire, it was most recently affiliated with the British Empire, prior to gaining its independence in 1981. The country is bordered to the south and west by Guatemala, to the north by Mexico, and to the east by the Caribbean.
Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. It is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Kriol and Spanish are also widely spoken. With 8,867 square miles (22,960 kmē) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.), the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world.
We have stayed at Ramone's Village in 2000 and Aqua Marina Suites in 2007. These are both in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Ramone's Village is a collection of thatched roof cottages, which were comfortable and quite private. We ate most of our breakfasts and dinners here and generally ate lunch elsewhere. Aqua Marina Suites was still being renovated when we visited. The rooms were all new and very comfortable with lovely balconies that overlooked the ocean. There was no restaurant at the time, but the room had a kitchenette that we used for breakfast, and we ate out for dinner.
Unfortunately in 2007 there was significant reef damage from recent hurricanes. This made for rather underwhelming diving. We arranged for our nitrox from the only local provider, Amigos; cost was $10/tank. The tanks were delivered every morning to the dive boat at Aqua Dives.