List of rivers of Belize

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These are the main rivers of Belize . Belize has a total of 35 major and minor river catchments or watersheds which drain into the Caribbean Sea.

Belize country in Central America

Belize is a country located on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. It has an area of 22,970 square kilometres (8,867 sq mi) and a population of 387,879 (2017). Its mainland is about 180 mi (290 km) long and 68 mi (110 km) wide. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

Caribbean Sea A sea of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by North, Central, and South America

The Caribbean Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. It is bounded by Mexico and Central America to the west and south west, to the north by the Greater Antilles starting with Cuba, to the east by the Lesser Antilles, and to the south by the north coast of South America.

Rivers

NameDistrictLengthParent
Belize RiverBZ, CYCaribbean Sea
Barton CreekCYBelize River
Beaver Dam CreekCYBelize River
Billy White CreekCYBelize River
Black CreekBZBelize River
Cadena CreekCYBelize River
Cut and Throwaway CreekCYBelize River
Iguana CreekCYBelize River
Santa Teresa CreekCYIguana Creek
Jinny CreekCYBelize River
Labouring CreekCYBelize River
Freshwater CreekCYLabouring Creek
Yalbac CreekCYLabouring Creek
Pescado CreekCYYalbac Creek
Tu-tu CreekCYPescado Creek
Little Barton CreekCYBelize River
Macal RiverCYBelize River
Blossom Berry CreekCYMacal River
Cacao Camp CreekCYMacal River
Eastern BranchCYMacal River
Garbutt CreekCYMacal River
Mahogany CreekCYMacal River
Mengel CreekCYMacal River
Mollejon CreekCYMacal River
Monkey Trail BranchCYMacal River
RaspaculoCYMacal River
Rio FrioCYMacal River
Rainbow CreekCYRio Frio
Rio OnCYMacal River
Pinol CreekCYRio On
Privassion CreekCYRio On
Little Vaqueros CreekCYPrivassion Creek
Oak BurnCYPrivassion Creek
Slate CreekCYMacal River
Mopan RiverCYBelize River
Chiquibul RiverCYMopan River
Rio Ceiba GrandeCYMopan River
Mussel CreekBZBelize River
Cox Lagoon CreekBZMussel Creek
Pescado CreekCYBelize River
Quaco CreekCYBelize River
Roaring CreekCYBelize River
Red CreekCYRoaring Creek
Spring CreekCYRoaring Creek
Rock Dondo CreekCYBelize River
Saturday CreekCYBelize River
Spanish CreekBZBelize River
Tu-tu CreekCYBelize River
Yalbac CreekCYBelize River
New RiverCZL, OWCorozal Bay
Coffin Gate CreekOWNew River
Dawson CreekOWNew River
Irish CreekOWNew River
Ramgoat CreekOWNew River
Northern RiverBZCaribbean Sea
Lopez CreekBZNorthern River
Quashie Banner CreekBZNorthern River
Rio HondoCZL, OWBahia de Chetumal
Blue CreekOWRio Hondo
Booth's RiverOWRio Hondo
Chan Chich CreekOWRio Hondo
Gold Button CreekOWRio Hondo
La PalmaRio Hondo
Rio BravoOWRio Hondo
Sibun RiverBZ, CYCaribbean Sea
Boom CreekBZSibun River
Caves Branch RiverCYSibun River
Hector CreekBZSibun River
Indian CreekCYSibun River
Runaway CreekCYSibun River
Silver CreekCYSibun River
Yaha CreekCYSibun River


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Belize River river in Belize

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Macal River river in Belize

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Sarstoon River river in Guatemala and Belize

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Mopan River river in Belize

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Sibun River river in Belize

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Monkey River river in Belize

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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

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Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute

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Xibun

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