Mexico has 8,300 miles of border, over 6,000 miles of coastline, and is touched by four major bodies of water: the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Sea of Cortes and the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered on the north by the United States and on the southeast by Guatemala and Belize. Covering almost 2 million square kilometres, Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world.