For centuries the capital and still the country's largest urban area, Belize City has a lot to offer for visitors. The commercial hub of the nation, Belize City is a thriving port with some of the best bars, restaurants, and museums. International visitors arriving by air or onboard a cruise ship disembark in Belize City, a lively town with a long history, beautiful colonial era buildings, and a sparkling waterfront.
Things To See & Do in Belize City
Definitely don't miss the Baron Bliss Lighthouse, built to the exact specifications of Belize's eccentric benefactor, a rich Briton who spent many months in the waters offshore of Belize but never set foot on land. Other popular attractions include St. John's Cathedral, a still-functioning Anglican house of worship that has seen the coronation of six different kings.
Also downtown is the Museum of Belize, restored in 2002 and now dedicated to chronicling the history of the peoples of Belize, starting with the ancient Maya that once thrived here and continuing up to the present day and the nation's rich mix of different indigenous peoples, culture, music and language. The building that houses the Museum of Belize was originally built in 1857 to serve as a prison but was shuttered after independence.
The historic center of Belize City is also a great opportunity to tour the factories where some of the country's most popular drinks are made. Belikin Brewery, makers of the nation's most popular beer, and Traveller's Liquor, distillers of the famous One Barrel Rum, both offer tours and tastings.
Other nearby attractions include the Belize Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary and rescue center, Crooked Tree National Park, and the Maya ruins of Altun Ha, home of the Temple of the Masonry Altars which appears on the label of every bottle of Belikin beer.
Where to stay in Belize City
Located just 15 minutes from the Belize City International Airport, the resort of Black Orchid is a beautiful and tranquil oasis on the banks of the Old Belize River near the village of Burrell Boom.
With an onsite spa, restaurant, pool, and elegantly appointed rooms, suites and villas, the eco-friendly resort of Black Orchid is a great place to unwind and relax. Conveniently located in the heart of Belize, Black Orchid is a great place to explore attractions in Belize City, nature parks and reserves, and some of the most popular Maya ruins.