Swing Bridge

Photo Credit: © Craig Nagy CC BY

Located in downtown Belize City, the Swing Bridge, circa 1922, is the oldest swing bridge in Central America and the only remaining manually operated swing bridge in the world.

What to Expect

Visitors come from around the world to walk across the bridge and stop at several observation points that offer views of the Belize River. Many stay late to watch the daily evening opening, which causes traffic jams on both sides of the bridge, but is a part of daily life in Belize City.

The Belize City Swing Bridge connects the north and south sides of Belize City.

Staying Close

Fort George is a good option for those wishing to visit Swing Bridge, since those staying in this region of Belize will be excited to have easy site access during their visit. There are a decent amount of hotels in the area surrounding Swing Bridge.

Hotels near Swing Bridge
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Isabel’s Guest House Guest house 0.0 mi. (0.3 km) SW
Belcove Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.4 km) WNW
Renaissance Tower Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) SSE
North Front Street Guest House Guest house 0.2 mi. (0.5 km) NW
Smokin Balam Guest house 0.2 mi. (0.6 km) NW
The Caribbean Palms Inn Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.4 km) S
Las Palmeras Hotel Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.6 km) SW

Location and What's Nearby

If you find yourself hungry after spending time at this historical site, no problem -- you'll find a numerous supply of dining options within traveling distance. The most proximate restaurant is Macy's Cafe, which is a convenient café. The dining establishment is a brief distance away, but far enough that you might decide to aim for taking advantage of some method of transport to arrive. Also near Swing Bridge you and your companions will come across eateries such as Nerries and Wet Lizard where you and your companions may try a bit of American fare and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.


Operating Hours

Visitors can check out the bridge 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but the opening occurs daily at 5:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Location: Belize City, Belize


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