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.
Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Belize. To get more information regarding each museum, click on the name.
Gulisi Garifuna Museum is a museum near the center of Belize. On November 18, 2004, the Gulisi Garifuna Museum opened to the public, finally offering a place to locals and tourists alike to learn about the Garifuna culture, which is prevalent to this day in the southern Belize town of Dangriga. Named for a Garifuna heroine who founded Punta Negra in the Toledo District, this museum is a must for anyone interested in local culture and history.
Many travelers also choose to visit George Price Center for Peace and Development. It is situated in Belmopan, Belize. The museum is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday, and until 5:00pm on Friday. It is closed on Saturday, but has limited hours on Sunday of 9:00am to noon.
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 details concerning museums you might enjoy in the area.
|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||0.7 mi. Southeast 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|
In case you like to learn about the history of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Belize.
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.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Supreme Court Building. It is situated at and found within Fort George, in central Belize. 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.
Living Maya Experience: Guests are invited into the homes of local Kek'chi Maya families to help with their every day tasks as they live and work off the land. You'll first meet the families and tour the homes, taking note that everything is hand made and even the youngest of children help complete the days activities.
Be sure to look at this table to learn more about sites of historical interest in Belize.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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||--||2.7 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|
|--||1.5 mi. South of Central Placencia|
|Xunantunich||--||69.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City|
|Yarborough Cemetary||--||Downtown Belize City|
Vacationers may experience some other intriguing sites in this area.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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 interesting landmark worth visiting 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.
Marie Sharp’s Factory: A tour of the factory takes visitors through the kitchen which is filled with huge, smoking steel pots in which the sauces and condiments are heated, to a room of huge vats where the ingredients are mixed, to the chill room where the fresh ingredients are stored, and into the factory room where everything is bottled and labeled. The tour ends with a trip to the shop where you can sample and purchase the products, including Habenero Pepper Sauce, tropical jams and jellies, fruit squashes, and seasonings at reduced prices.
The chart right below lists some details concerning other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.
|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|
|Facility Viewing||Dangriga, Central Belize||Belize|
|Scenic Trail||1.3 mi. South West of Central Belmopan||Belize|
If you would prefer having a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to look at other locations. Use this link to visit our page concerning 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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