Landmarks in Belize

The landmarks of Belize offers a glimpse into history, from the time of the Mayan to colonial settlement

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In the realm of the Caribbean, Belize's landmarks are unique in that many are still being discovered.

The Maya had a strong presence in Belize, and while there are many ruins ready and waiting to be explored, not all that they left behind has been excavated. Beyond that, the British presence in the country is also celebrated in a number of landmarks and museums.

Museums

George Price Center for Peace and Development

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Belize. To get more information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

Gulisi Garifuna Museum is a museum in the center of Belize. Gulisi Garifuna Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is George Price Center for Peace and Development. It is found within Belmopan, Belize. Dedicated to presenting the story of George Price, this museum follows the history of Belize's rise from colony to country. Explore various exhibits showcasing Belize's struggles under British Colonialism, and how they were able to unify into a single nation with the help of the Founding Father and first Prime Minister of Belize - George C.

Ambergris Museum: Ambergris museum's mission is preserve the history of the area, from ancient Maya village through today, a quiet fishing village and tourist town.

The table directly below offers some key facts regarding some available museums in the area.

Museums In Belize
Name Phone Location
Ambergris Museum -- 0.4 mi. East of Central San Pedro
Banquitas House of Culture (501) 322-0517 0.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Orange Walk
Belize Archaeology Museum (501) 822-2106 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belmopan
Benque House of Culture -- Banque Viejo del Carmen, Western part of Belize
Corozal House of Culture (501) 422-0071 0.2 mi. South of Central Corozal
Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum (501) 669-4023 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Antonio
George Price Center for Peace and Development (501) 822-1054 0.6 mi. East of Central Belmopan
Government House/House of Culture (501) 227-3050 Downtown Belize City
Gulisi Garifuna Museum (501) 669-0639 Dangriga, Central Belize
Maritime Museum (501) 223-1395 Fort George, Central Belize
Museum of Belize (501) 223-4524 Downtown Belize City
Old Belize (501) 222-4153 Central Belize

Historical Sites

Caracol

Do you enjoy discovering the historical roots of the places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Caracol. It is southwestern Belize. Visitors to the site will see some of the largest ruins and temples in Belize and in the Caribbean. Well maintained, and less crowded than others, the ruins are perfect for a leisurely exploration.

Many travelers also choose to visit Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve. It is found in Belize. This 2000 year old archaeological site is just off the beaten path, where the history buff in you can explore.

Supreme Court Building: The building that stands as the Belize Supreme Court building today was built in 1926 and is the third incarnation of the facility. The first two burnt to the ground, first in 1820,, then again in 1918.

Take a moment to read the following chart for a list of historical sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Belize
Name Phone Location
Altun Ha -- 14.9 mi. North of Central Ladyville
Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse -- Fort George, Central Belize
Caracol -- 21.2 mi. South of Central Banque Viejo del Carmen
Cerros -- Corozal District
Chac Balam -- 7.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Xcalak
Chan Chich -- 25.7 mi. North of Central Bullet Tree Falls
Cuello Mayan Archaeological Site -- 8.9 mi. Northeast of Central Shipyard
El Pilar -- 6.5 mi. North of Central Bullet Tree Falls
Kakantulix -- Northern Belize
La Milpa -- 10.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central La Union
Lamanai Mayan Archaeological Site -- 4.6 mi. North of Central Lamanai
Living Maya Experience (501) 627-7408 1.7 mi. South of Central Silver Creek
Lubaantun -- Toledo District, Southern part of Belize
Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve (501) 672-2725 3.7 mi. South West of Central San Pedro
Nim Li Punit -- Toledo District, Southern part of Belize
Nohmul -- 9.5 mi. North of Central Orange Walk
Pyramid of Masks -- 24.5 mi. Northwest of Central Caledonia
Santa Rita -- 2.6 mi. Northeast of Central Corozal
Supreme Court Building 227-4387 Fort George, Central Belize
Swing Bridge -- Fort George, Central Belize
Uxbenka -- Toledo District, Southern part of Belize
World's Narrowest Main Street -- 0.7 mi. South of Central Placencia
Xunantunich -- 69.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Yarborough Cemetary -- Downtown Belize City

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers may explore some other interesting local landmarks in Belize.

A common landmark for vacationers is Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory Tour. It is Punta Gorda, in southern Belize. In addition to touring the factory you can stop by the gift shop for chocolate purchases, plus you'll find some other unique gifts like chocolate soap and cocoa bean jewelry.

Many travelers also choose to visit Drums of Our Father's Monument. It is located in Dangriga, in central Belize. Sculpted by Steve Okeke, Drums of Our Fathers is a monument that represents Garifuna history, culture, and spirituality. It is located in Dangriga, the center of Garifuna culture in Belize, and an awe-inspiring site that welcomes visitors as they enter the town.

Scenic Hummingbird Highway: Perhaps you wouldn't normally include a highway as an attraction, but Hummingbird Highway offers unparalleled views of Belize that are well worth the drive. Connecting Belmopan with Dangriga, this scenic road will take you through dense forests, by small remote villages, up and down mountains, and finally to the coast. If you want to maximize your sight seeing abilities, making a day out of this road and its road side attractions may be the best bet.

The chart just below enables you to get some key facts regarding other kinds of sites of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Belize
Name Type Location
Chetumal Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Chetumal Mexico
Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory Tour Facility Viewing Punta Gorda, Southern part of Belize Belize
Drums of Our Father's Monument Monument Dangriga, Central Belize Belize
Rosalie’s Tortilla Factory Facility Viewing Dangriga, Central Belize Belize
Scenic Hummingbird Highway Scenic Trail 1.3 mi. South West of Central Belmopan Belize

Of course, Belize includes other attractions. Read this article regarding even more attractions if you'd like more specifics.

There are so many landmarks to hit in Belize that you likely won't make it to them all. Arrive prepared with a list of your top picks, and you will make the most of your site-seeing tour.

 

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