Belize City is the largest city in Belize. It is located on a small peninsula protruding into the Caribbean Sea. It was the capital city until flooding and other damage from a hurricane prompted the government to relocated to Belmopan, nearer the geographic center of the country.
The international airport (Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport[]) for Belize is located in Belize City. Philip S. W. Goldson is about 30 minutes drive from Belize City's center. The best way to get to and from the city center is with a taxi. Although an airport bus service exists, it is very infrequent and unreliable. BZE (Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport) is served by most major US airlines (Delta, Continental, and US Air) as well as a couple regional carriers (Honduras, Maya, and Tropic).
Use a taxi. If you want to get out of Belize City, use the taxi, bus, or even the little airplanes which take you to other destinations in Belize for less than US$100.
Eco-museum Belize, located at 14.5 Mile, Western Highway, is a living museum of Belize tropical treasures. Here, they show you how Belizeans utilize and recycle natural resources in the construction and decoration of the museum. The Eco-museum is dedicated to show visitors the beauty of nature in harmony with the Belizean culture.
There is not much to do around Belize City, and most use this as a transportation hub. With that said, there are a few museums around the downtown area.
Most places accept US Dollars as the Belizean Dollar is pegged to the US dollar at 2BZD = 1 USD. If you are traveling to the cayes, stock up on your cash at the central bank, as the ATMs on the islands often run out of money on weekends.
If you want to shop there is tourism village in the Fort George area which has jewelry shops like Diamonds International and lots of gift shops. Fort George is located on a boardwalk.
There is a cruise terminal there that receives Carnival Cruise Line ships.
- Vegetarian Restaurant, 14.5 Mile, Western Highway, Orchid Garden Eco-Village: Delicious Food, Nature at its best.
- Neris II, Regency Street: great conch soup, but the season ends on the first of July.
- Big Daddy's Diner, Central Market: Reasonably priced, very local, and a great view of Haulover Creek, home to much of the city's modest fishing fleet.
- Dit's Cafe: Great watermelon juice and wonderful pastries.
- Smoky Oyster, Fort George area: Upscale dining.
- Harbourview, Fort George area: Very upscale dining, with a great chef.
There are three hotels of note:
- Orchid Garden Eco-Village, a Living Harmony: From this tranquil, secure and beautiful home base some fourteen miles from Belize City, you just need to pack lightly to visit other interesting locations, such as Caye Caulker or San Pedro, Placencia, and San Ignacio.
- The Princess: A great hotel at which to stay, which has great service. There is a swimming pool, casino, buffet, restaurant, marina, and nightclubs and bars.
- Best Western Biltmore Plaza: A very good hotel with pool and amenities of everyday life.
- Radisson Fort George: A great hotel with a buffet, restaurant, marina, and gift shops. Try to stay in the main building or the tower; the annex is not as nice.
- The Great House: A nice hotel in a large colonial house across from the Radisson. The rooms have the feeling of a B&B (Bed & Breakfast).
- Chateau Caribbean: A great place to stay. Food is great, especially the seafood soup. The service is awesome. The hotel is a large colonial style house which was at one time a hospital. The structure could use some repairs, but if you can look beyond that it is the best deal in town, especially as it offers you a great view of the seafront while sipping on the best Baileys Colada in Belize City.
- Seas Guesthouse: A resort on the outskirts of Belize City on the western highway named Old Belize. It is a beautiful resort with a beach named Cucumber Beach. One can learn about life in Old Belize there. Tourists are shown the chicletos and rum makers of Belize and the importance of baymen and loggers who logged the mahogany (the national tree). There is also colonial houses, a marina, and restaurants.
- D'nest Inn ([email protected]), 475 Cedar Street, Belama Ph 2 (From the Best Western Biltmore, head towards the police station and then make a right. The D'nest Inn is located next to the soccer field and the river, right behind the far goal.), ☎ (501) 223-5416, . This very cozy and reasonably priced B&B is half the price of the Biltmore, has large spacious rooms, with cable TV and air conditioning. There is plenty of hot water and great water pressure. Best of all, this B&B is run by the nicest couple you will meet, who will go out of their way to make your stay extra enjoyable. Breakfast is included with the price of the room and is always a home cooked meal.
The Western Highway leads to Belize West or the Northern Highway to Belize North.
(Personally,) I would recommend a week-long trip to Green River in the south to experience the rain forest and a week-long trip to the coral reefs to experience the reefs.
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