Belize City Travel Guide

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Belize City Things to Do

  • Tips that refer to places other than...

    There are several unique and fascinating things to do in Belize. One of the most unique is the river cave tubing; if we ever return to Belize, this type of day trip is definitely on my list! If you are not on a ship, stop at tourist info. office for brochures or watch for tour operator signs advertising this adventure. Cave tubing tours takes you...

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  • Belize Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you get a chance to check out Belize Zoo outside of Belize City, be sure to leave your mark on the wall here. The cost is about 2.75 USD, 5.00 in Belize Dollars. The money goes to donations for the Belize Zoo so it's definitely a good cause. And if you go, see if you can spot my name (in the picture), it's up on the celing as soon as you walk...

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  • Oldest Anglican Church in Central...

    St. John's Cathedral was built about 1812 in Belize City by slaves carried on European ships. The church took approximately eight years to complete entirely. Today's visitors can still find many original architectural features which remain including intricate stained glass windows, ornate mahogany pews and an antique organ. The "plantation-style"...

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Belize City Hotels

Belize City Restaurants

  • Stonegrill Restaurant at Radisson Hotel

    4 out of 5 stars

    (Note: this is NOT the 'Stonegrill Restaurant' as indicated above - I can't get rid of this 'VT' insert even by editing this tip) After our harrowing and hot midday walk in downtown Belize City, as we made our first explorations (see my 'Warnings & Dangers' tip), we were very relieved when our taxi delivered us to the posh Radisson hotel, located...

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  • The Wet Lizard

    4 out of 5 stars

    When you're walking along the "boardwalk" at the waterfront near the Tourism Village, you'll definitely pass "The Wet Lizard." This nice little place located on the second story of a shop offers drinks, snacks and light meals. People sitting on the covered balcony section overlooking the boardwalk & bay will wave at you & offer to buy a drink, but...

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  • Smokey Mermaid

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    If you like classy places, stop by The Smokey Mermaid situated in the inner courtyard of the Great House Hotel in the Fort George area. A wonderful Caribbean ambiance is in the air at this restaurant with tropical fruit trees and plants adding to the lush setting. Eat inside or out, and try some the international cuisine which favors both Central...

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Belize City Nightlife

  • Calypso Bar at Princess Hotel

    About Belize - it will do for one trip. If it were cheap for what it has to offer, but it is not.... Tickets from the any place (Dallas, Houston, Miami) are over 1K. Hotels in Belize and islands are over $100 /night while rooms and facilities are far from being top notch; Very shabby and worn out... More importantly, Caribbean waters near Belize...

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  • Radisson Happy Hour

    The poolside bar at the Radison Fort George could be anywhere, though the thached roof for the bar is a nice touch. None theless there is live music on friday and happy hour deals on drinks and snacks lasts from 6-9 with free chips and salsa. Tere is apparently live music on most weeks but it was a DJ when I was there. Hehe, there is very little...

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  • What it has to offer or what one gets...

    About Belize - it will do for one trip.If it were cheap for what it has to offer, but it is not....Tickets from the any place (Dallas, Houston, Miami) are over 1K. Hotels in Belize and islands are over $100 /night while rooms and facilities are far from being top notch; Very shabby and worn out... More importantly, Caribbean waters near Belize...

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Belize City Transportation

  • Busses

    This is called the San Pedro's Belize Express and you can find the station at the Belize Terminal. It's actually a water taxi. It goes from Belize City to Caulker, San Pedro, Chetumal, Mexico. Here's their daily schedule as of September 2011: Belize City to Caye Caulker & San Pedro: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30pm Caye Caulker to Belize...

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  • Boat / Ferry

    I came to Belize city as part of a cruise, so that's the only place I got to visit (albeit briefly) of all Belize. Getting to the city from the boat takes a lot of time, as it is a tender port and the boat stops quite far away from the shore. It took us over 15 minutes by tender to get to the terminal and - obviously - we were not the first to...

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  • Car/Truck

    Almost 2 weeks later, at the end of our trip, we returned to Belize City for one night. This photo shows the mini-van shuttle that brought us from San Ignacio, 72 miles away on the Guatemala border. We had spent a week there, based at a great lodgings called the Trek Stop, and they had a planned run into the city for an airport pickup, allowing us...

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Belize City Shopping

  • Shops & Restaurants Facing Belize Harbor

    Belize has done a good job of providing an attractive waterfront for visitors to enjoy and provided shopping opportunities for buying local crafts, art, clothing, souvenirs and other items. There is a small building complex which features these shops and also the courtyards which they surround. Live music is the name of the game around these...

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  • Collecting refrigerator magnets?

    I collect refrigerator magnets and that's the first thing I buy whenever I go to a particular destination. I buy at least five and bring them home as gifts, too.You can buy refrigerator magnets at different gift shops. I prefer to buy refrigerator magnets that are made of rubber because even if they fall from the refrigerator, they won't break...

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  • Haggling is allowed in Belize City

    5s5Haggling is allowed in the shops in Belize City especially those stalls of arts and crafts at the Fort George Crafts.I bought three t-shirts for $24.00 while other tourists bought one for $16.00. Don't just take the price that the sales people give you. Make the most of your money!

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Belize City Local Customs

  • overground tombs

    Belize City is located below sea-level - so when you die it's impossible to dig a tomb... if you do, you'll find water. yet, people need to be buried. Here's Belize city's clever solution: tombs tha are built over the earth's surface...

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  • Not Sunday

    After what looked to be a ghost city on Sunday, it was a pleasure to see Belize City come alive on Monday morning, even if we were heading for the airport within a couple of hours! Instead of empty streets, there were now market stands set up like this one at the swing bridge and the streets and sidewalks were bustling. We had a brief look in the...

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  • Languages

    Belize is officially English-speaking, but the creoles (the largest ethnic group) speak their own colorful dialect as well as standard English. Spanish is the main language in the north and some towns in the west. You may also hear Mayan, Chinese, Mennonite German, Lebanese, Arabic, Hindi and Gar�na (the language of the Garinagu people of...

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Belize City Warnings and Dangers

  • Pack your lunches when you go to Altun...

    There are limited restaurants at the Mayan site so make sure to pack your own sandwiches and drinks. There are stores on site but the prices of the drinks are extremely expensive. You are not buying gold, you are just buying a drink!Bring a backpack to keep your food especially if you have children with you. I was sharing my food with the rest of...

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  • Climbing the ruins can be dangerous

    Visitors are allowed to climb the ruins at Altun Ha. The view from the top is amazing, but take care not to get too close to the edge. Also, be careful when ascending and descending the steps, as they are uneven and sometimes loose.

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  • Watch it!

    We went for a walk at night, because we hadn't had dinner yet. But when we returned to the hostel; the owners where absolutely freaking out, they were all worried about us and had even contacted the police! It seems that wandering through the streets of Belize City isn't such a smart move! Sometimes people get killed by gangs or something I don't...

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Belize City Tourist Traps

  • City Tours

    Make sure that your City Tour is legit. We ended up in a small 4 door car with a young kid taking us through the poorest parts of town. We felt we were about to get mugged and left for dead in a ditch somewhere. All this for just 25.00 USD per person Ask to see the vehicle you will be traveling in before paying. Look for tourism ID. There is some...

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  • Belize City on sundays

    Man, Belize City on sundays is nothing but boring, I tell you. Better avoid that trip and spend some more pleasant hours on that beautiful island called Caye Caulker, instead of waisting time in the city. In fact, there was NOTHING to do there, but leaving as soon as possible, as EVERYTHING was closed there, even the lockers at the Marine Terminal,...

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  • When to go

    The best time to travel is the dry season from November to May, but this is also the busy winter tourist season, when prices rise and hotels fill up. It's cheaper to travel in summer (July to November), but keep in mind that this is hurricane season.

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Belize City What to Pack

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    Packing List

    by earthsun Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light and don't let your bags out of your sight.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is always warm; the spring and early summer is always muggy (not to mention being hurricane season).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should watch the old Harrison Ford movie 'The Mosquito Coast' before visiting. It was filmed in Belize. Bring lots of sunscreen and insect repellent. There are occasional cases of malaria in Belize. AIDS is a significant problem in this country.

    Photo Equipment: I prefer bringing the disposable cameras when traveling to Belize. If you beu the waterproof ones, you can use them while snorkeling or swimming.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is no decent beach in Belize City per se. Most people catch a motor boat to Caye Calker for the chance to swim or snorkel.

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Belize City Off The Beaten Path

  • Belize ~ Mayan

    For archaeology and history buffs, Belize is like a treasure box. Several important sites lie a good distance from Belize City but are accessible by different means. Here are a few of the most famous:Santa Rita lies beneath the modern town of Corozal thought to be the Maya city of Chetumal. Late Post Classic Period (1350 - 1530 AD) Its strategic...

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  • Baboon Sanctuary ~ Somewhat of a...

    Contrary to its title, "Baboon Sanctuary," the Community Baboon Sanctuary is home to a troupe of Howler Monkeys but I saw no baboons such as those as you would expect to find in Africa. Baboon is the term used by Belizeans to refer to Black Howler Monkeys. A preserve of 18 square miles has been created to protect as many as 1,500 Black Howler...

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  • Cucumber Beach at Old Belize

    Cucumber Beach is not exactly off the beaten path - but it is located outside Belize city in the middle of the countryside, at Mile 5 George Price Highway.it is a man-made beach on a piece of land that used to belong to a Florida vegetable farmer who had visions of growing vegetable here - especially cucumbers. The farm is now gone and a man-made...

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Belize City Sports & Outdoors

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    Marion Jones Stadium

    by american_tourister Written Jul 16, 2007

    It appears to be a combination Track & Field/Soccer (football) stadium. It is named after the winner of the 100 meter sprint at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Marion Jones is half American and Half Belizian but she is adpoted as full Belijimmydoug6zian by the folks here.

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Belize City Favorites

  • Belize City No Longer the Capital of...

    I thought it was an interesting fact that the government of Belize had the insight to move their capital from Belize City to Belmopan which is farther inland. While Belize City remains the country's social, commercial and historical center, Belmopan is less likely to suffer the effects of severe hurricanes.In 1961, Belize City was devastated by...

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  • Fort George

    The Fort George District of Belize City is found on the north side of Haulover Creek, right by the Cruise terminal. It is a charming and quite affluent area dotted with lots of small and colourful wooden houses, a not-very-scenic lighthouse, a modern American Embassy, the Museum of Belize and quote a few roads that need to be resurfaced.

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  • Belize City

    Belize city is a city divided in two parts by a hand-operated swing bridge that sits at the mouth of Haulover Creek, it has no beaches and it is located below sea level. One quarter of the country’s inhabitants (roughly 70’000, mostly Creole) live here in the capital. The northern part is where the marine terminal is, along with the colourful Fort...

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Belize Bank
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The Altun Ha and City Tour
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From Jewelries to local cultural items
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The seagulls at the Belize City Terminal
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The Belize City Terminal
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My daughter wanted to have her hair braided!
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