Hotels We Love: Belize City’s Biltmore Is An Awesome Base For Adventure

by Carolee Chanona

The best cities aren’t only transit hubs or business centers. You may have heard about Belize City being the jumping-off point after arriving at the Central American nation’s one and only international airport found within, but what else? With that philosophy as something of a guiding light, the best of them have gone on to become full-on “adventure towns” to eat, explore, and drink your way through its city limits. That’s why you need a base, whether venturing out its district or not, to be a base for adventure in the absolute thick of the bustle. Found on the highway just a few minutes after touchdown on the tarmac, the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza puts you right where all the action happens, whether you’re there in the ‘slow’ season for tourism or not!

Belize City Adventures:

Belize City is brimming with history hundreds of years old right within its city limits, and you can discover it all with a visit to the Museum of Belize. Housed in the former Belize City prison first built in 1854 entirely of bricks, the museum is divided into several exhibits like enSlaved: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in Belize, Insects of Belize, Jades of Belize, and Lydia Waight Gallery of Birds. If you prefer a spirited history tour instead, wander a little further down the highway from the Biltmore to Travellers Liquors’ Rum Museum for a tour of the distillery to see rum-making paraphernalia, the bottling factory, and to taste the entire Traveller’s line. As the country’s oldest distillery, Travellers Liquors in Belize City has been producing the rich, dark, fruity Travellers One Barrel rum since the 1950s.


Kukumba Beach at Old Belize. Image courtesy of property.

History buffs can keep the learning going with Old Belize, which condenses 15-minutes of culture on their train tour. After, head to their Kukumba Beach; the manmade attraction, complete with an 80-foot-long water slide, holds 1 million gallons of salt water filtered from the Caribbean Sea. After, grab a quick photo op at either of the Belize signs on Seashore Drive or Fort Street.

Out District Adventures:

Belize City acts as a perfect base for more than a handful of Belize’s famed adventures, including Lamanai Archeological Reserve, The Community Baboon Sanctuary, The Belize Zoo, and islands that lie just 10 miles away. A quick 45-minute boat ride lands you in Caye Caulker where sunny days are spent lounging at The Split, feeding tarpon, and sunset sailing. If you’re looking for a hit of adrenaline, head inland for cave tubing and ziplining adventures instead to cruise through the Xibalba, the Maya underworld, and zip above the treeline. 


Home to the Pure Harmony Spa, Biltmore Bistro Restaurant, Jaguar Bar, and the Palm Court, the Biltmore also boasts:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Full-service fitness center
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Gift shop
  • Pure Harmony Spa
  • Pet-friendly
Room Types:

A total of 81 guest rooms are available as Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Premier Rooms, and Junior Suites.

All images courtesy Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza.

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