Destination Information for Belize
Belize is a country in Central America located between Guatemala and Mexico. The official language is English and the local Belizean people are very welcoming to tourists and visitors, making this an excellent choice of destination for adventurers. The country is covered with lush jungles and tropical rainforest, with excellent fishing, snorkelling and diving opportunities in the pretty reefs of the Caribbean Sea.
Those interested in history can visit the Mayan ruins, a legacy of Belize’s original settlers.
The largest city, Belize City, is on the country’s coastline with the Caribbean Sea and provides easy access to the airport, as well as islands offshore that are popular with visitors. The inland capital is Belmopan, in the central Cayo district, where you’ll find caves, rivers, jungles, archaeological sites and more.
If you’re based in Belize City, a visit to Old Belize is a must, offering an authentic experience for both locals and tourists, where you can understand more about the culture and history of the country.
With so much to see and do here, Belize is well-equipped for tourists. Hotels and guesthouses remain unassuming and do not detract from the charm of the small towns and cities of this beautiful place.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
- El Salvador, 145,403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
- Guatemala, 31,463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
- Honduras, 22,883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- Nicaragua, 19,554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
- Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in the southern part of the country. Areas affected include Dangriga, Punta Gorda, Placencia, Big Fall and Big Creek. There is low to no risk in the Cayes, Belize City and Belmopan City.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for variable risk zones:
Chloroquine or Proguanil (but only if Chloroquine is deemed unsuitable)