Belize is an independent country, beautiful by nature, located on the Caribbean coast of Central America. It has an area of approximately 9,000sq miles being 174 miles at its longest point and 68 miles at its widest point. The total population is estimated at 301,022. The major commercial centre is Belize City with a population of 70,800+. The population of Belize is ethnically diverse including descendants of the original Mayan culture and various mixtures of Caribbean people, Caucasians, Chinese and East Indians. The climate is subtropical with an average temperature of 80 F.