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 guests staying in this area of Belize will have the benefit of easy site access during their visit. If you'd like to stay somewhere within easy reach of Swing Bridge, you'll find a decent selection of lodging options close-by.

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

Guests to Swing Bridge hoping also to spend some time outside should consider Cucumber Beach, a beach not far off, and an ideal place to relax in the sand following a trip to this site.


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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