Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize

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Caribbean charms & modern-day pleasures

As the second smallest country in Central America, Belize often gets overlooked for its larger and seemingly more glamorous neighbors—and its capital, Belize City, has received much the same thought (or lack thereof). In fact, it has been said to be built “upon a foundation of rum bottles, logwood chips, and loose coral,” but don’t let that image fool you.

Belize City embodies an eclectic mix of bustling modern amenities with old-fashioned Caribbean charm, featuring many attractions like St. John’s Cathedral, the Museum of Belize, trendy boutiques, restaurants, bars, a casino, and the only functioning manually operated bridge in the world.

Outside the city, you can embark on an array of day trips to the largest concentration of Mayan sites in Central America; and with the second longest reef system in the world, diving in Belize is extremely popular.

MUSEUM OF BELIZE

MUSEUM OF BELIZE

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MUSEUM OF BELIZE

MUSEUM OF BELIZE

Located in a former prison, this art and history museum offers insight into the country’s history. In particular, the museum features an extensive collection of artifacts spanning nearly 3,000 years of Mayan history. The museum also features exhibits on colonial life and cultural exhibits from the nation’s many ethnic groups.

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

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ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

The oldest Anglican Church in Central America, St. John’s Cathedral was built between 1812-1820 using bricks brought from Britain as ships’ ballast. Notable things to see inside include an ancient pipe organ and the Baymen-era tombstones that tell the tale of the early days of Belize.

SWING BRIDGE

SWING BRIDGE

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SWING BRIDGE

SWING BRIDGE

The Belize City Swing Bridge is one of the few manually operated swing bridges still in existence, and use, in the entire world. The bridge is opened twice a day to allow ships to pass through, bringing pedestrian traffic downtown to a halt.

Belize City, Belize At a glance

Current Weather:
29°C / 84 °F
Sat
32°
26°
Sun
32°
26°
Mon
33°
26°
Tue
33°
26°
Current Time:
8:59:07 pm2015/04/24 20:59:07 pm
CDT
Friday, April 24
Offset:
UTC/GMT -05:00
Currency:
Belize Dollar
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.50
  • 0.61
  • 0.33
  • 0.64
  • 0.46
  • 31.99
  • 1.48
  • 7.71
Local Details:
GPS: 17°30'0"N 88°10'48"W
Size: 35.67 KM2 (13.77 MI2)
Population: 57,169
Density: 1,603 Pop/KM2 (619 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +501

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