On behalf of our City’s 90,000 plus friendly Belize City residents, I invite you to visit our picturesque and historical City located on the east coast of the country overlooking the enchanting Caribbean Sea. Home to a multicultural society, Belize City is the country’s commercial capital and gateway to fascinating historical and cultural attractions.
On the North Side, visit Fort Street Tourism Village , the Museum of Belize, formerly Her Majesty’s Prison, a colonial prison built in 1857, which now displays exhibits of ancient Maya pottery and Belize City’s history, Baron Bliss Lighthouse Monument, dedicated to Belize's greatest benefactor, Baron Bliss, the 5th baron of Portugal, National Handicraft Center, which sells high-quality Belizean crafts, National Archives and City Library, which showcase Belizean history and literature, and Marine Terminal and Maritime Museum, which showcases a rich collection of Belize’s marine heritage.
Next, cross over to the South Side of Belize City using Belize’s Swing Bridge, the world's only manual swing bridge, still swung weekly.
On the South Side, shop at the Commercial Center and at the numerous stores lining downtown Belize City. Visit the Supreme Court Building, built in 1926 in a classic British colonial style with dome topped clock tower, then head over to the Bliss Institute of Performing Arts, which houses a wide collection of Belizean artwork and offers live theatre, dance, and music performances, and to the historic Battlefield Park, which hosted numerous historical, political and civil gatherings.
Belize Creole Museum and Gallery exhibits a traditional Creole family setting with century-old artifacts of a bygone era. Next move over to St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican Cathedral Church in Central America built in 1812, which is the only Anglican Cathedral in the world, outside of England, where the crowning of kings took place between 1815 and 1845. Then to the House of Culture Museum (formerly Government House) built in 1814, and which served as residence to Belize's governors, and the Yarborough Cemetery, which houses gravestones outlining the turbulent history of Belize since 1781.
And while Belize City is a multicultural society, Belize City is also home to the largest population of the Creole ethnic group. So come visit our affordable tours for detail history of the City and for information regarding the many places to enjoy mouthwatering local dishes, like our rice and beans, chicken with salad dish.
I look forward to your visit to our unique Caribbean and Central American City nestled amidst nature’s exotic tropical climate and relaxing blue sea.
Mayor of Belize City