Belize Landmarks

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

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. You can click on the museum names to get more information.

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

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 following table provides you with a few details concerning some museums to choose from 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

Enjoy exploring the historical roots of foreign countries? If that's the case, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions during your time in Belize.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve. It is found in Belize. They are open Monday through Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Supreme Court Building: Because the Supreme Court and the magistrates court are still active in this building, it is not open to the public. Still, it remains a popular stop off on tours for visitors to check out the unique architecture and learn about local law and order via a tour guide.

Take a minute to read the following table for a list of sites of historical interest 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 will enjoy some other worthwhile landmarks in Belize.

A common landmark for vacationers is Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory Tour. It is Punta Gorda, in southern Belize. Find out how chocolate is made and enjoy a few samples along the way when you stop by for a tour of this small batch chocolate producer's facility.

Another popular destination is 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 right below lists more details regarding other kinds of sites of interest to vacationers.

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

Keep in mind that Belize includes other attraction types. Anyone needing to find more details about other attractions by clicking here.

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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