Keys and atolls For those whose final destination is this tourist-friendly beach resort area (which faces the Caribbean), simply getting from Belize City to these locations is an adventure unto itself, with water taxi service being the more budget-friendly option (those with more cash to spend can fly from Belize City to Ambergris Caye and […]
Note on visiting Mayan sites in western Belize: for safety reasons, renting a car to drive into this region can be risky, and is not for the faint at heart (due to reported robbery incidents). Also, only experienced drivers should attempt to go through some of the poorly-paved roads to get there. For that reason, […]
Car Rental – for those who find it more convenient to have their own vehicle (for getting around within Belize City, or to visit other parts of the country, especially the ancient Mayan sites in the western regions), there are car rental agencies such as Avis (Tel. 225-2629), Budget (223-2435), Hertz (Tel.: 223-5396) and Thrifty […]
Bus – non-existent within Belize City. The only bus services that exist are those that go from one town to another within the country, as well as to neighboring countries like Guatemala and Mexico.
Taxis — Cabs cost around BZ$7 for rides within the city, give or take; if it’s a long trip from one side of town to the other, expect to be charged a bit more. Confirm the price in advance with your driver. Note that, unlike other cities, taxis in Belize City can be any type […]
Xunantunich (Cayo District — 80 miles west of Belize City) — Set on a leveled hilltop, Xunantunich (pronounced shoo-nahn-too-neech), is one of Belize’s most easily accessible and impressive Maya archaeological sites. To reach the ruins, take the free, hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. From the ferry, which comes and goes on demand, it’s about […]
Swing Bridge (downtown Belize City) – what better way to stress the country’s “back water” image among some tourists than this swing bridge that was built in the 1920s? This bridge, which replaced several wooden bridges that were built during the 19th century, connects Belize City’s north side with its south side, spanning over […]
St. John’s Cathedral (Albert Street, Belize City) — Immediately inland of Government House stands St John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican church in Central America. It was built by slave labor between 1812 and 1820 using bricks brought from Britain as ballast. Notable things to see inside are the ancient pipe organ and the Baymen-era […]
Museum of Belize (Gabourel Lane, Belize City) — This modern museum in the Fort George district provides an excellent overview of the story of Belize. Housed in the country’s former main jail (built of brick in 1857), the museum preserves one cell in its original state, complete with inmates’ graffiti; if you thought your hotel […]
Maritime Museum (North Front Street, Marine Terminal, Belize City) – located along the Swing Bridge, the Maritime Museum is housed within a former fire house. The museum exists to educate visitors on Belize’s seafaring & shipbuilding past through a variety of old documents, model boars, paintings and other displays.