Facing the Caribbean Sea, yet located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize City offers the best of both world’s to travelers and residents alike. With rich culture and intriguing history characterizing Belize City, the brilliant sea and beautiful land are merely the wrapping embracing the amazing experiences to be had in the largest city in Belize. North of the city, past the glimmering beaches, lie dense jungles hiding ancient Mayan temples displaying stone carvings and awe inspiring architecture.
First inhabited by the Mayan people in 900 A.D. Belize City has a unique history represented by the Europeans who later colonized the country and the Mayan people who existed prior. The colonial architecture throughout the city is contrasted with the ancient architecture tucked away in the jungles of Belize. Visitors can experience the beauty of Mayan culture in combination with the beauty of the country itself by climbing to the top of El Castillo, one of the highest structures built by the Mayans in Belize.
Scaling Mayan pyramids, snorkeling along the coral reef and wandering through the unique marketplaces in the city are just a few of the unforgettable attractions vacationers can expect to experience during a trip to Belize City. There is culture and beauty that can be seen beyond sunbathing on the fabulous sandy beaches.
The heart of Belize City is home to a melting pot of various ethnicities and cultures, making the history and activities featured interesting and often surprising. As the economic center in Belize, Belize City relies heavily on its port, making it an ideal stop for many cruises. Museums, breath taking beaches, the world's only remaining hand drawn bridge, snorkeling and eclectic boutiques are sure to keep visitors entertained as they travel to the nation's hub. Visitors can sample both creole and Latin American foods at the many restaurants lining the busy streets, gaining a view of the multiple cultures residing in the city. The ethnic food represented is the perfect example of the diverse cultures represented in the small country. Despite its size, the many people of Belize make it interesting, educational and attractive to the vacationers flocking there from throughout the world.
While famous for the magical ocean waters and beauty, the most prized gem of Belize City may, in fact, be the Museum of Belize, which highlights the almost 3000 years of Mayan history. The artifacts, artwork and other historical objects and stories provide background for the beautiful Belize, highlighting more than its beauty but also emphasizing the history and culture of the people and the land.
More than a vacation spot, Belize City offers visitors an experience they will never forget, displaying the roots and splendor of both the people residing there and the colorful history and cultural that comprises the very essence of what Belize City represents.
Just a short 10 miles from Belize city center is Belize City/Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport making it very convenient to travel to and from Belize City as well as the outer cayes and the interior of Belize.