passport and 1 photocopy of your passport (keep photocopy separate from original)
insurance info. (both travel insurance & home country medical info.)
money and associated records
credit card info. (keep a separate list of number & phone number if lost or stolen)
medical letter from your doctor (if you have a specific condition)
emergency contact information (keep 2 names & numbers with your passport)
SCUBA certification card and dive log
Belize Facts and Information
Belize is situated on the Caribbean Sea, south of Mexico, and east and north of Guatemala in Central America. In Area it is about the size of New Hampshire. Most of the country is heavily forested with various hardwoods. Mangrove swamps and cayes along the coast give way to hills and mountains in the interior. The Highest point is Victoria Peak 3681ft.
History-The Mayan Civilization spread in the area of Belize between 1500bc and ad 300 and flourished until about 1200ad. Several major archeological sites -notably Caracol, Lamanai, Lubaantun, Altun Ha, and Xunantunich-reflect the advanced civilization and much denser population of that period. European contact began in 1502 when Columbus sailed along the coast. The first recorded European settlement was begun by shipwrecked English seamen in 1638. Over the next 150 years, more english settlements were estabished. This period was also marked by piracy, indiscriminate logging and sporadic attacks by Indians and neighboring Spanish settlements. Great Britain first sent and official representative to the area in the late 18th century, but Belize was not formally termed the Colony of Briish Honduras until 1840. It became a Crown colony in 1862. Subsequently, several constitutional changes were enacted to expand representative government. Full internal selfgovernment under a ministerial system was granted in Jan. 1964
Aldous Huxley wrote that British Honduras, as Belize was called before its independence in 1981, would certainly be one of the ends of the world. "It is not on the way from anywhere to anywhere else...it is all but inhabited." With only a population of just over 250,000, Belize remains one of the most relaxed countries in Central America. It is gratifyingly cosmopolitan with a mixed population of black Creoles, Spanish-speaking mestizos, Maya, East Indians, Syrians, Mennonites, Chinese and North Americans. Today, Belize is one of the world's leading ecotourism destinations. We were looking forward to jungle hikes, wildlife and snorkeling around a coral reef whose size trails only Australia's Great Barrier Reef.