Belize City | Northern Belize/Orange Walk | Cayo District | Southern Belize | The Cayes
With a population of about 80,000, Belize City is the major hub into Belize. All international
travelers arrive and depart from nearby Philip S.W. Goldson Airport. A separate municipal airport in
Belize City is used for domestic flights to the south and to the cayes.
The largest city in the country, Belize City was the capital of British
Honduras, until it was moved about 48 miles inland after
Hurricane Hattie struck in 1965. The former British
colony gained its independence in 1981, and was
renamed Belize. Belmopan, with a population of
about 7,000, is now the smallest national capital
in the world.
Belize City remains the gateway to Belize's historical
and cultural points. On the north side of
Belize City is the world's only manual swing
bridge, still in use. Located on the Belize River, next to
the swing bridge, is the Maritime Museum, which
introduces visitors to a history of Belize's fishing and
boat building industries.
The Bliss Institute in Belize City is the cultural center of Belize, and the
National Handicraft Center is an outlet for crafts. The oldest Anglican
Cathedral Church in Central America, St. John's Cathedral, was built in 1812
from bricks brought as ballast from European sailing ships.
Originally built as a colonial prison in the mid 1800s, the Museum of Belize
features displays that include a reflection of Belize's rich Maya history.
Tourism Village, located on the Belize River mouth about 15 minutes away from cruise ship anchorage, is specifically
designed for cruise lines, with courtyard shops, restaurants, snack bars, and entertainment on cruise ship days.
Black Orchid Resort
Amenities: 20 air-conditioned rooms with river or courtyard view, on-site restaurant, conference center, lounge, pool, gift shop, close to city and airport, knowledgeable guides and transportation for many tours and activities. Free use of kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats. ...
Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina
Amenities: Most rooms feature a view of the Caribbean Sea, two swimming pools, whirlpool, spa, two restaurants, bar with open air deck, cafe, Wi-Fi, fitness center, business center, Sleep number beds and tour desk. Located minutes from downtown, tourism village ...