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.
You will find a pair of beaches to consider in the area. You can click on each beach name to get additional information concerning 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 that beach-goers can consider is Belizean Beach. The beach is easily accessible off of the Western Highway south of Belize City.
The beaches in Belize City are provided below.
|Belizean Beach||3.7 mi. West of Central Belize City||North East|
|Cucumber Beach||3.6 mi. West of Central Belize City||Northeast|
Keep in mind, Belize is home to plenty of additional beaches. If interested, you can find out more about beaches in Belize by clicking on this link.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Government House/House of Culture. It is located in downtown Belize City. While there are no actual exhibits housed at the Government House, it is used for cultural events, and available to be rented out for private functions.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit 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.
But that's not all -- you'll be able to find a nice selection of other choices. Those wanting to find out more about other sites worth seeing in Belize City by clicking here.
Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the area has a popular nature preserve nearby.
Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature preserve situated 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.
|Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.9 mi. East of Central Belize City||Belize|
Even though most people visiting the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Actun Chapat. It is found in western Belize City. 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.
Visitors can also spend some time in a couple of parks in and around Belize City.
Bacab Ecopark is located 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 available are shown in the following chart.
|Bacab Ecopark||Park||12.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Belize City|
|Park||Downtown Belize City|
People do not generally stay in Belize City to find gambling, although there is one such venue, Princess Casino. 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.
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