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

Swing Bridge is located in Fort George, ensuring visitors to this region of Belize will have the benefit of easy site access during their time there. If you wish to book your stay near this historical site, there are a good selection of hotel rooms in the neighborhood.

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

One nearby coastline that will often attract many historic site visitors, is Cucumber Beach.


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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