The once British colonial city was built with Caribbean Europeans in mind, eventually evolving to combine a Central American spirit and tourist charm. Although Belize City is the largest in the country, it is still small enough to feel connected, comfortable, and navigable. Located only minutes away is the country’s most popular destination, Ambergris Caye, and while Belize City is not widely considered a beach town, it still boasts lovely artificial beaches and superb ocean views.
The former capital of British Honduras preserves its historic and cultural sites as a remaining legacy to its founding people. The Museum of Belize is perhaps the city’s most visited attraction, located in a wonderfully restored building in what was once a colonial prison operating from the 19th century through 1993. The museum stands to recognize the national heroes who were retained in the prison during the Belizean struggle for independence. You can also see exhibits on the pre-Columbian history and Mayan culture among other topics.
Belize City is a beautiful combination of sophisticated contemporary society, incorporated nature, and relaxed, Central American charm. Many of the city’s finest attractions utilize this atmospheric combination to make altogether attractive, inviting, and aesthetic destinations for world-travelers. See the Belize Zoo, a 29-acre nature preserve located just outside Belize City and home to some of the most beautiful creatures found on earth. Relying on Mayan folklore and culture, the Belize Zoo is home to some of the most powerful animals in Central American legends including the jaguar, coatimundi, king vulture, and the crocodile.
The history of Belize City extends much further than the hand of the British Empire. Maya communities sprang up all over Belize because of its fertile ground, warm climate, and the Belize Barrier Reef located just off the coast of Ambergris Caye. Their city ruins are still evident in places like Altun Ha and Lamanai making for adventurous destinations for travel groups of all ages. Lamanai is arguably a favorite among Belizean ruins for its preservation and an extensive collection of structures and artifacts spread across the 1,000-acre preserve. Come see the Temple of the Jaguar and the amazingly preserved stelae architectural details and observe the animals who have called this place home since before the Mayans disappeared from the area.
If you came to Belize to relax, you’re in the right place. While Belize City may not often be called a beach town, its prime location is close to much of the country’s brightest and most spectacular Caribbean experiences. Take a boat ride to Ambergris Caye or visit Caye Caulker to seclude yourselves among the turquoise waves and white sands of the Caribbean. To stay closer to the continent, head up to Old Belize, an adventure district with its own waterpark leading into the ocean, a fully equipped marina, delicious restaurants, and a wild array of shopping venues for your group to enjoy.