Belize City Travel Guide

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Belize City Things to Do

  • Tips that refer to places other than...

    After you get out of the city and into the jungle, you will obviously step back in time. Also, you'll be entering the home of the true Mayan residents, the animals. In the jungles, there will be plenty of birds, lizards, crocodiles, etc. One of the biggest draws is the howler monkeys. Particularly in the late afternoon, they will be a bit more...

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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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  • Bliss lighthouse

    The Baron Bliss Lighthouse is located in the Fort George District and it is dedicated to a British traveller, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869 –1926), who left upon his death rougly two million U.S. dollars to a trust fund for the benefit of the citizens of Belize – well, the colony of British Honduras as it was then called. The Baron, who...

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Belize City Hotels

Belize City Restaurants

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Airplane

    I'll always fly American Airlines, that's unless I don't have another choice. Flying to Belize from NYC was quite easy with American Airlines. They have many flights daily with connections in either Dallas or Miami. We flew from Newark making our connection in Dallas on the outbound, and on our return flight home we connected via Miami. The flight...

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Belize City Shopping

  • 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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  • If you are looking to bring home a chess...

    The Fort George' Crafts is actually a street in Belize City where you can find people selling their crafts. Some are small stalls and tables that display their items like woven bags, embroided wall decorations, Mayan carvings, etc.This is where I found nice and uniquely handcrafted chess sets. Some have the motiff of Mayan ruins. There are small...

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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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    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

  • 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 Water District

    This is located at the American Central Boulevard and we just passed by it on our city tour. This is the main building of the Belize Water District (BWS).

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  • The grocery stores and local stores in...

    I spotted stores where local people go. They go to the Super U grocery store. We were not able to go to their central market because of lack of time. When we did a city tour, I saw a lot of vendors on the streets selling fruits and vegetables.

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Belize City Sports & Outdoors

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    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

  • 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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  • Spoken English

    Belize is one of only a handful of Latin and South American countries that speak English. Obviously due to proximity of their neighboring nations, Spanish is widely used and understood.This has to do with the historical connections to the British colonization.However, Belize is the only Latin American country to speak English.Other non-Spanish...

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