Attractions in Belize City

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Belize's major urban sprawl, Belize City is not often chosen as the top tourist destination in the country.  Those who pass through without so much as taking a look around are missing out, because there are so many attraction to be seen it is astounding.  Museums and cultural centers are especially prevalent, and although natural attractions are scarce, there are a few worth a visit.

Beaches

You'll find a couple of beaches to visit in the area. Just click on the name of the beach to get additional information about that section of the coast.

Cucumber Beach: Named for its history as a produce export take-off point, Cucumber Beach is a major tourist destination near Belize City. It is actually a part of the Old Belize Museum and Cucumber Beach Marina facility, so tourists and sailors frequent this destination regularly and it is often crowded.

Another location to consider is Belizean Beach. Belizean Beach faces the Sibun Bight, which is formed by the outstretched peninsula of Belize City. The slight curve of the beach provides an amazing panoramic view of the palm trees, tropical foliage, and beautiful blue sea.

The beaches in Belize City are displayed in the table below.

Beaches In Belize City
Name Location Coast
Belizean Beach 3.7 mi. West of Central Belize City North East
Cucumber Beach 3.6 mi. West of Central Belize City Northeast

Needless to say, Belize has a full range of other beaches. Follow this link to check out our page dedicated to beaches in Belize.

Landmark Attractions

Government House/House of Culture

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Government House/House of Culture. It is situated in downtown Belize City. Set in Belize City, the Government House, also known as the House of Culture, served as the seat of government for over 150 years as well as the private residence for numerous notable names. With so much history housed in one spot, it only makes sense that it would now serve as a social and cultural center.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Museum of Belize. It is located in downtown Belize City. Collections at the Museum of Belize include a stamp of Queen Victoria circa 1837, historic artifacts, and Maya pottery. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to step inside a well-preserved jail cell.

Maritime Museum: As a country set along the Caribbean Sea, it is easy to gleam how important the sea is to the people of Belize. The Maritime Museum deconstructs the relationship between the two entities, through exhibits that feature numerous historical artifacts as well as photographs and models.

These are just a sample of the available options. Anyone needing to find more details about other interesting places to visit in Belize City by clicking here.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy being out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the area has a nice nature preserve nearby.

Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature preserve located 3.9 mi. East of central Belize City. Swallow Caye is located about 19 miles southeast of Caye Caulker.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Belize City
Name Type Location
Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.9 mi. East of Central Belize City Belize

Caves

Although most visitors to the area are attracted by the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Actun Chapat. It is located within western Belize City. <p>Only recently opened to the public, Actun Chapat is known by very few tourists, but is a must-see site nonetheless. There is evidence that this cave system was used by Mayans since around 4400BC, and the owner of the property is very careful about who is allowed in. For this reason, only he will lead tours and he watched carefully over his guests to ensure that none of the artifacts are damaged. You should only plan a trip here if you are soft footed and will take great care to preserve the structure's integrity.</p>

Parks

Guests can also visit either of two parks in and around Belize City.

Bacab Ecopark is located 12.3 mi. West-Northwest of central Belize City. This ecopark is located right in the middle of the jungle and welcomes guests to stay on property either by renting a room, parking their RV, or camping. Attractions onsite include a pool, a waterfall, restaurants, bars, and much more, plus they offer guided mountain biking, ATV, horseback, and hiking tours.

The parks you'll be able to find are summarized down below.

Parks In and Around Belize City
Name Type Location
Bacab Ecopark Park 12.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Belize City
Memorial Park Park Downtown Belize City

Casinos

Belize Casinos

Travelers don't usually come to Belize City to gamble, although there is one option, Princess Casino. <p>Try your luck at one of the largest and most popular casinos in all of Belize, Princess Casino at the Princess Hotel. You will find plenty of games and entertainment here to keep your attention, including show girls and a complimentary buffet after midnight.</p>

 

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