Belize, formerly British Honduras, is located in Central America. It is bordered by the Yucatan Peninsula to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east (maps). Belize is roughly the size of Massachusetts and has a population of 230,000, which is comprised of Creole, Landinos (i.e., mestizos), Garifuna, Maya, and Mennonite peoples. Belize is a popular tourist destination because of its magnificent reefs, towering rainforests, remote cays, and spectacular wildlife. Its rich history of Mayan occupancy attracts history enthusiasts and archeologists from around the world, while its official language (English) and friendly people break down communication barriers that exist in other countries.