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.


There are a pair of beaches to consider visiting in the area. You can click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that beach.

Cucumber Beach: At 350 feet long, Cucumber Beach is actually one of the few man-made beaches in the Caribbean. The beach itself is spacious, which is great because it often draws a crowd.

Another alternative to consider is Belizean Beach. The beach is easily accessible off of the Western Highway south of Belize City.

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

Luckily, Belize has other beaches. Read this page. concerning the full set of beaches in Belize if you want to find additional details.

Landmark Attractions

Government House/House of Culture

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Government House/House of Culture. It is located 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 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.

This region includes a full range of sites to visit. For more information on other enjoyable places to visit in this area, go to this page.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy spending time out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the area has a nice nature preserve nearby.

Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature preserve found 3.9 mi. East of central Belize City. Established in 2002, the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary works to protect the habitat of the local West Indian Manatee Population. Under strict regulations, guests are able to tour the area and hopefully catch a glimpse of the sea creature.

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


Although most tourists are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, 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>


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

Bacab Ecopark is situated 12.3 mi. West-Northwest of central Belize City. A jungle playground with a little something for everyone, Babacab Ecopark is the type of place that there is so much to do on site that you'll never have to leave -- but they still offer guided tours to remarkable local attractions for when you want to.

The parks you'll be able to find are summarized in the following chart.

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

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