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).

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Belize Supreme Court

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Not the oldest building in the city but one of the most striking, the 1926 Belize Supreme Court building is patterned after its wooden...

Belize Zoo

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Turn a sharp corner on the jungle trail, and suddenly you're face-to-face with a jaguar, the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere. The...

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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

Community Baboon Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Spanning a 20-mile (32-km) stretch of the Belize River, the reserve was established in 1985 by a group of local farmers. The black howler...

Fort George Lighthouse and Bliss Memorial

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Towering 15 meters (49 feet) over the entrance to Belize Harbor, the lighthouse stands guard on the tip of Fort George Point. It was...

House of Culture

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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

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

Museum of Belize

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This small but fascinating museum, under the aegis of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), was the Belize City jail...

Old Belize

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Many of the visitors here are tour groups from cruise ships, or boaters at the marina, but you can also visit the museum at Old Belize...

Swing Bridge

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As its name suggests, the bridge spanning Haulover Creek in the middle of Belize City actually swings. When needed to allow a boat through...


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