Perched on a 13.7 square mile peninsula that juts out into the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is home to Belize's main port and is its major financial and industrial center. The town, founded in 1638, is steeped in history, with traces of its Mayan and European heritage found at every turn. Finding the perfect Belize City vacation package from Travelocity will guarantee a unique adventure you'll never forget.
Out and About in Belize City
Belize City's tropical climate invites visitors to get out and enjoy the sights, especially around the waterfront downtown area. The relative obscurity of the city will ensure that there are more than enough cheap hotels in Belize City close to all the action. Celebrating Belize's past and present, the Museum of Belize is housed in a building that used to be a prison when the country was a British colony. Inside, visitors can learn about the different people that have inhabited the area, and also learn about the history of the prison itself, going back to its construction in 1857.
Just steps away from many downtown Belize City hotels stands St. John's Cathedral, Central America's oldest Anglican cathedral. This small, humble house of worship was built in 1820. Adjacent to the church is Yarborough Cemetery, the nation's oldest cemetery. No trip to Central America would be complete without visiting one of the area's Mayan ruins, and the one closest to Belize City, Xunantunich, is about 80 miles west of the city. Hotels in Belize City will be happy to arrange a ride, whether it be by bus or rental car, so you can see these ancient ruins up close and personal.
Eating and Drinking
For the greatest concentration of restaurants in town, head to the Fort George neighborhood. Not only is this area one of the most beautiful in town, you'll also find low-key dining options, including fresh-caught seafood and many no-frills cafes and bars offering simple yet delicious fare.
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