Belize, in its northern part, is a swampy lowland,
drained by Hondo, the Mexico border, and the Belize River.
The southern half of the country is occupied by the Maya
Mountains, which is a shredded limestone plateau. The
highest point, Victoria Peak, reaches 1,122 m above sea
level. Outside the 280 km long coastline runs a large
barrier reef. The barrier reef has been declared by UNESCO
as a World Heritage Site.
COUNTRYAAH, the climate is subtropical with rainy and dry times. The
average temperature is 23 °C for December and 29 °C for
July. Precipitation varies from 1,350 mm per year in the
north to 4,500 mm in the south. Storms are common from July
About 45% of the area is wooded with deciduous trees in
the north, pine and cedar in the south. On the coastal plain
are savannah and along the coast mangrove vegetation. The
animal world shows, among other things. jaguars, Central
American tapir and deer, as well as crocodiles and several
species of turtles.
In Belize, there were 16 national parks in 2010. The
largest national park, Chiquibul, was set aside in 1956 and
protects a 1,076 km2 large rainforest area with,
among other things. jaguar, ozelot, several species of
monkeys and Central American tapir.