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 like to learn about other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in Belize. To read more information regarding each museum, click on the name.

Gulisi Garifuna Museum is a museum near the center of Belize. Exhibits include a history of the Garifuna people, a look at their customs and traditions, a tour of a working garden filled with traditional herbs and plants of the Garifuna, and a live showing of the Garifuna drums and traditional dance.

Another landmark worth visiting is George Price Center for Peace and Development. It is located in Belmopan, Belize. The museum is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and until 4:00pm on Friday.

Ambergris Museum: Tours are given of the museum collections, which includes a good quantity of Maya artifacts like pottery and flint tools. Then learn the 17th century history of Ambergris as a pirate hideout.

The following table lists some key facts concerning some museums worth checking out 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
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

If you like to explore the historical roots of foreign countries, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites during your stay.

One popular destination is 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Supreme Court Building. It can be found at Supreme Court of Belize and situated in Fort George, in central Belize. 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.

Living Maya Experience: One of the newer, but certainly culturally significant attractions in the area, this interactive experience gets guests involved every step of the way as they visit one or two homes that showcase life in a Kek'chi Maya village.

Be sure to look through the table just below to find out more about 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 Maya Site (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

Marie Sharp’s Factory

Visitors may discover some other intriguing local attractions in Belize.

A landmark worth visiting is Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory Tour. It is Punta Gorda, in southern Belize. You can tour the facility between 8:00 a.m. and noon as well as 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Another landmark worth visiting is Drums of Our Father's Monument. It is found 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.

Marie Sharp’s Factory: "The whole world loves Marie Sharp's." If you're interested in seeing how some of the most popular hot sauces and condiments in Belize are made, take a tour at Marie Sharp's Factory -- often led by Marie herself.

The following chart provides you with some key facts regarding other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

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
Marie Sharp’s Factory Facility Viewing 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

Keep in mind that Belize has additional attraction types. Follow this link to check out our page about other interesting attractions for Belize.

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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