The Internet has no shortage of things to do in Belize; Pinterest alone has quite a tally on Ambergris Caye itineraries. But there’s one destination whose rich history seems to be overlooked when compared to its popular neighboring districts. That is the former capital of Belize: Belize City.
Despite Belize City being a more stop-and-go destination, recent data shows its popularity is increasing post-pandemic. In fact, its affinity for being a great jumping-off point to various destinations has proven its worth to many travelers. It also has one of only two cruise ports in the country, meaning Belize City has perfected the day trip. If you’re stopping in just for the day or spending only one night, there are still so many great ways to indulge in this urban center.
Taka Kitchen. Craving sushi? Belize has that, too. Taka Kitchen serves some of the best, fresh sushi in the city. Their extensive menu offers all kinds of rolls that will suit your palate, and their Facebook makes great recommendations, too. Also located on Marine Parade Boulevard, this sushi place has some of the best views of the coast as well.
Celebrity Restaurant. If you’re looking for a restaurant serving international cuisine with a great view of the Caribbean Sea, Celebrity is your prime spot. Easy to find on Marine Parade Blvd., Celebrity is a reliable location with food that never disappoints.
Señor Coconut. This authentic Belizean spot is a favorite of many locals. Serving delicious traditional Belizean food like rice & beans, beans and rice (yes, there’s a difference), and other popular dishes, Senor Coconut is rarely empty – COVID notwithstanding. Located on Barrack Road, this restaurant is a must if you want to get a taste of true Belizean cuisine.
Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza. The gold standard of marrying business and leisure, the Biltmore – as the locals call it – is one of the premier stays in the city. Sitting on the north side of Belize City, this hotel offers a comfortable stay at competitive prices. Their work-cation situation is one many digital nomads seek out and it doesn’t disappoint.
Radisson Ft. George Hotel & Marina. On the other side of the city sits the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. With stellar sea views, this hotel is right near the water taxi, the tourist village, and across a great cafe. It seems everything points to convenience when it comes to Radisson, making travelers’ stays easy, seamless, and comfortable.
The Great House Inn. If you want something a little more cozy with a unique character, The Great House Inn is a neighboring hotel that is more budget-friendly. Each room is one-of-kind, taking you back years into a more eclectic and warm ambiance. Not to mention, The Great House is also right beside The Radisson’s onsite Le Petit Cafe, which offers delicious breakfast options like warm croissants, fresh johnny cakes, and deliciously brewed coffee.
Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Enriched with history, the Baron Bliss Lighthouse is a landmark that many Belizeans gaze upon with warmth. Erected in the honor of Belize’s largest benefactor, the lighthouse has now turned into a great place for photos since the structure itself is beautiful and the Belize sign is also nearby.
Battlefield Park aerial images via International Environments (iE)
Battlefield Park. Downtown Belize City is one of the best places for people-watching. Sit on a bench at Battlefield Park, right alongside the famous Albert Street, and observe. An ice cream stand is nearby for a refreshing treat if needed, and many of the historical monuments are within walking distance of this park. Some of the most notable ones include the Governor House, St. John’s Cathedral, and the Swing Bridge.
Swing Bridge. Speaking of the Swing Bridge, this narrow hand-operated bridge is the oldest one in Belize. Hundreds of motorists and pedestrians cross it every day, as it connects the north side of Belize City to the south side. It spans across Haulover creek, which eventually leads to the Caribbean Sea. This is why you can admire the many fishing boats docked nearby as the seagulls swoop around and chirp hello.
Belize is teeming with attractions and activities that many travelers are unaware of – but whether you’re using the city as a hub or want to learn more about its prominent history, try out the above-mentioned tips and you’re sure to have a memorable day trip in Belize City.