Belize City Sights

Belize City is defined by the water around it. The main part of the city is at the end of a small peninsula, jutting out into the Caribbean Sea. Haulover Creek, an extension of the Belize River, running roughly west to east, divides the city into the North Side and the South Side. The North Side is, to generalize, more affluent than the South Side. The venerable Swing Bridge connects the two sides,

although in modern times other bridges over Haulover Creek, especially the Belcan Bridge northwest of the city center, carry more traffic. At the mouth of the river, just beyond Swing Bridge, is the Belize Harbor (or Harbour, as it's written locally, in the English style).

Coming from the north, follow the Goldson Highway through several roundabouts (traffic circles) to Freetown Road and Barracks Road to reach the center. Alternatively, you can swing west on Princess Margaret Drive to Barracks Road, along the seafront. From the west, the Western Highway becomes Cemetery Road, which leads you to the center via the South Side and Orange Street. The city center itself is a confusing warren of narrow streets, many of them one-way, and many may be temporarily closed, with detours that are not well-marked or are not marked at all.

If you're staying in either the northern or western sprawling suburbs, a car is handy, as there's limited municipal bus service. There are many taxis, however, with affordable rates starting at BZ$7. It's not customary to tip taxi drivers, unless they help you with luggage or perform other services. Most drivers are friendly and are happy to point out interesting sites to visitors. A few are licensed tour guides.

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Fort George Lighthouse and Bliss Memorial

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Towering over the entrance to Belize Harbor, the lighthouse stands guard on the tip of Fort George Point. It was designed and funded...

House of Culture

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Formerly called Government House, the city's finest colonial structure is said to have a design inspired by the illustrious British architect...

Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

At Monkey Bay you can canoe on the Sibun River, hike a 16-mi (31-km) nature trail along Indian Creek (only partly within Monkey Bay lands),...

Museum of Belize

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This small but fascinating museum was the Belize City jail from 1857 to 1993. Permanent displays include ancient jade and other Mayan...

Old Belize

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Many of the visitors here are tour groups from cruise ships, but you also can visit the museum at Old Belize on your own (it's a BZ$20...

Princess Casino

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Belize City's only casino, at the Princess Hotel on the seafront, is usually bustling with local residents. It also attracts some cruise-ship...

St. John's Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

On Albert Street's south end is the oldest Anglican church in Central America and the only one outside England where kings were crowned.

Swing Bridge

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As you might have guessed, the bridge spanning Haulover Creek in the middle of Belize City actually swings. When needed to allow a boat...

Traveller's Liquors Heritage Center

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This museum celebrates Belize's love affair with rum and its oldest distillery, Traveller's. Although it's small, the museum is fascinating...

Tropical Education Center and Belize Zoo Jungle Lodge

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Adjacent to the Belize Zoo is this 84-acre Tropical Education Center where you can hike or canoe. There are boardwalk trails through...

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