After surviving several hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters, Belize City has fought back and become a stronger, thriving city. Historic sites–ranging from Mayan ruins to colonial buildings–are just the start at the country’s former capital, which also boasts excellent seafood, a buzzing nightlife and wildlife sighting opportunities. Though most tourist attractions are located in the city’s north side, where the cruise terminals are located, there are a few highlights in the south side as well, like St. John’s Cathedral and the Government House.
Things Not to Miss in Belize City
• Walking into old jail cells at the Museum of Belize
• Admiring the oldest Anglican church in the region: St. John’s Cathedral
• Feasting on fresh seafood at restaurants overlooking the harbor
• Befriending local animals at the Belize Zoo
• Traveling back to Mayan times at the Altun Ha ruins
When to Go to Belize City
Winter is the most popular time for visitors in Belize City, when temperatures average in the low 80s, and the skies are clear. During April and May, humidity and temperatures increase considerably, giving way to heavy rains and strong winds from June to mid-November. Although prices are lower in the off-season, some shops and restaurants are closed.
Eating cassava-crusted snapper and piña colada pie at the Smoky Mermaid Restaurant & Bar, a courtyard restaurant housed in a former grand mansion.
Sipping drinks on the palm-shaded patio of Bird’s Isle, a thatched-roof restaurant—and only structure—on a private islet.
Touring Belize’s 185-mile-long coral reef—second in size only to Australia’s—with outfitter Sea Sports Belize.