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Laminai

Laminai (northern Belize) — Perhaps the most fascinating Maya site in northern Belize, Lamanai lies 24 miles south of Orange Walk Town up the New River (or 36 miles by unpaved road). The ruins are known both for their impressive architecture and marvelous setting, surrounded by dense jungle overlooking the New River Lagoon. Most visitors […]

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Image Factory

Image Factory (91 North Front Street, Belize City) — Belize’s most innovative and exciting art gallery, near the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal, stages new exhibitions most months, usually of work by local artists. New exhibits are usually held early in the month; cocktails are served on the Image Factory’s deck, which looks out on […]

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Gulisi Garifuna Museum

Gulisi Garifuna Museum (Stann Creek Valley Road, Chuluhadiwa Park, central Belize) — This museum, operated by the National Garifuna Council (NGC), is a must for anyone interested in the vibrant Garifuna people. The museum is 2 miles out of town, on Stann Creek Valley Rd, but is easily reached by bicycle. It brings together artifacts, […]

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Government House

  Government House (Regent Street, Belize City) — Fronting the sea down at the end of Regent St, this handsome two-story wooden colonial mansion served as the residence of Britain’s superintendents and governors of Belize from the building’s construction in 1814 until 1996. The house, one of the oldest in Belize, is now a cultural […]

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Fort Barlee

  Fort Barlee (Corozal, northern Belize) — At the center of town, this fort was built in 1849 by Caste War refugees for protection from attacks by hostile Maya. Remains of the brick corner turrets are still visible on the fort site. The Caste War refugees were mestizos (mixed-race Spanish & Indian locals)

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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (Crooked Tree Village, midway between Belize City and Orange Walk) – located in south central Belize, this sanctuary is home to over 250 resident bird species. The area’s bird population swells during the winter months, when species from northern lands show up to escape the harsher weather in North America. A […]

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Corozal Museum

Corozal Museum (129 South End, Corozal, northern Belize) — Called ‘A Window to the Past’, the exhibit at this little museum focuses on the experience of the East Indian population, who arrived around 1838 as indentured servants working on the sugar plantations. The museum is located about a half-mile south of town right on the […]

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Coastal Zone Museum

Coastal Zone Museum (North Front Street, Belize City) — Next door to, and entered from, the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal, this small museum has a limited number of pictures, models and carapaces of Belizean aquatic life, plus summary information on the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage sites and a few dioramas of marine ecosystems. […]

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Caracol

Caracol (Cayo District, Belize) – located 52 miles south of San Ignacio (western Belize), Caracol, as this site is known, was once one of the most powerful cities in the entire Maya world. This area now lies enshrouded by thick jungle near the Guatemalan border, a two-hour drive from San Ignacio. Sitting high on the […]

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Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech (1 mile south of San Ignacio, western Belize) — High atop a hill on the southern outskirts of San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is the oldest-known Maya site in the Belize River valley, having been first settled between 1500 and 1000 BC. Less impressive than Xunantunich and Caracol, it’s still a fascinating example of […]