As the largest city and the only major urban area in Belize, one would think that Belize City tops the choice of destination for this sole country in Central America that has no coastline on the Pacific Ocean. But the thing is it’s not. Sure, it may be because its attractions seemingly appear natural to the point of it being normal, despite it being the historical capital of the nation. One such example is the Belize Museum located in the Fort George District. Belize City is said to be the “it” place in travel and tourism in Central America and Western Caribbean. While other cities in the country offer a great outdoor jungle Caribbean experience, here you will be imbibed with the cultural dominance of the place.
It would be impossible to reach most destinations in Belize City if you will not cross the Swing Bridge, which is located in the heart of Belize City. It is primarily being crossed by everyone on a daily basis and is said to be the only remaining manually operated bridge of its type in the whole world. Swing Bridge was installed in 1923, a product of Liverpool’s ironworks, replacing the earlier bridge that became operational in 1897. Operators rotate the bridge long enough that allows tall boats pass through.
Just downstream from the Swing Bridge, you will find Haulover Creek a pleasant sight to look at, which separates the downtown commercial area to the Fort George District in the northeast.
The Queen Street is said to be the hub and heart of the Belize City. Located in Fort George, here you will find attractions such as the Belize Museum. Situated in a former gaol, Belize Museum interestingly preserves one of its cells in its original state. Here in the Belize Museum, you will also find fascinating historical photos and overview of the country of Belize. Upstairs, you will also find impressive artifacts of Maya jade, ceramics, and sculpture.
You will also find the Government House at the end of Regent Street an interesting place to visit, which is one of the oldest in Belize. Now a cultural center and museum, it was the birthplace of the country’s independence that ensued at midnight on September 21, 1981 when the Belizean flag replaced the Union Jack. A short distance from the Government House, you will find St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican church in Central America, built between 1812 and 1820.
How to get around within Belize City
To get into Belize City from the airport, your best option is to hail a taxi from the airport, despite the existence of bus service, which proves to be infrequent and unreliable. However, if you want to visit other neighboring cities within the country, you can opt to use the water taxi for a truly authentic Belizean experience.
How to get there
To get into Belize City, you have to fly into the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, an approximately 30-minute drive northwest to the Belize City’s center. The airport is being served by airlines such as American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Maya Island Air, Tropic Air, and US Airways. The airlines fly from destinations such as Miami, San Salvador, Caye Caulker, Dangriga, Cancun, Belmopan, Merida, San Pedro, and Placencia. In addition, other major US airlines such as Delta and United, plus other regional carriers, such as Honduras, also make its stop to the airport.
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