"Belize ~ Dedicated to Wildlife Preservation" Top 5 Page for this destination Belize City by starship

Belize City Travel Guide: 250 reviews and 505 photos

Belize City & Surrounding Countryside

Before visiting Belize, I really didn't know much about it, but all that I read indicated that this Central American country was a leader in the conservation of its wildlife, most notably its jaguars. That single fact was more than enough to entice me to want to visit Belize. What I soon learned was that Belize is a veritable wildlife paradise. During our short time here, I was impressed with what I saw.

Belize is home to the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve, the only one in the world. It strives to conserve other indigenous wildlife such as Howler Monkeys and also their habitat. Approximately 40% of the Belizean land mass is dedicated to nature reserves! When I happened to find a cruise that actually had a port of call in Belize, well, it didn't take long to reach the decision to book it!

As it turned out, Belize was so beautiful and the people so welcoming and seemingly appreciative of visitors that it all just made for a fantastic visit. Unfortunately I was not able to visit Caye Caulker, or Ambergris Caye, but that leaves us something to look forward to in the future if we visit Belize again.

There were, literally, scores of excursions and tour options available from our ship or that could be booked independently and making the final decision on what to do our one day in port was really difficult----there were some great Mayan Ruins to visit, the River Cave Tubing was really appealing, snorkeling which I love too, horseback riding, and of course, the wildlife tours!! We finally decided on the wildlife tour which was great but almost everyone wished we could have taken the River Cave Tubing excursion as well!! As it was, we were able to see some of Belize City itself, then went about 50 miles inland by motorcoach to visit a museum and wildlife sanctuary nearby and returned to the city via boat during a fantastic ride down the Old Belize River!

A Few Interesting Facts

Belize was formerly known as British Honduras. However, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is still the constitutional head of state and she is represented in Belize by a Govenor General who must be Belizean. There is a bicameral National Assembly (Senate & House of Representatives).

Suffrage: Universal at age 18.

Belize is home to the only Jaguar preserve in the world.

Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Belize is home of the Swing Bridge at Haulover Creek, the world's only manual swing bridge which is still being swung daily.

Belize is the only country in Central America where the official language is English.

The Belizean dollar (BZ$) is pegged at 1US$ to 2 BZ$.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wildlife, Mayan Ruins, Diving, Friendly People
  • Cons:Can be more expensive than you think!
  • In a nutshell:A fabulous country to explore!
  • Last visit to Belize City: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks for the tour of Belize City!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Oct 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      Hi John, Just back in town today! Thanks for your visit to my Belize page! I'm sure it's quite out-of-date now. But I liked what we saw when we visited 10 years ago!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:55 AM

    Thanks for the interesting tour Sylvia! Belize sounds quite a nice port of call!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2015 at 6:25 AM

      Dee, thank you so much for your visit and ratings. I was quite impressed by what I saw of Belize and wouldn't at all mind a return visit some day.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Oh Sylvia, thank you so much for this great page! You have certainly given me many more ideas for our trip next year in November. The boat race sounds like so much fun and hubby and I are keen amateur photographers.... sounds like we are going to have a wonderful time!
    Cheers, Ann.

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Nov 18, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Hi Ann, thanks so much for your visit and ratings! Though our time there was short, I really enjoyed what I saw of Belize! I hope you'll have a wonderful time there. You might enjoy a boat trip out to the Blue Hole too -- something we were unable to do. All the best,

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    Sylvia, great page on your short visit to Belize. I spend a few of days there in 1992 .. Then Belize City was considered extremely dangerous and noone stayed there. We visited the market and headed for Caye Caulker which was really nice.

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2014 at 4:53 AM

      Albert, thanks so much for your visit and kind words. But I am embarrassed as this page needs a lot of work. Still, I really enjoyed our short visit there and the guide for our excursion was wonderful.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    What a lovely page! I enjoy all the effort you put into your wonderful pages!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Sep 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Thanks very much, Dee. I know this page needs a lot of work. Would love to go back to Belize sometime for a longer visit.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    We really loved our short stay in Belize so I very much enjoyed reading your equally enthusiastic page! Your river trip reminded me of ours on the New River, but I'm a little envious that you got so much closer to howler monkeys than we did!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    Wonderful page on Belize. I've heard many good things about it. Truly a nature destination.

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    You just reminded me that I have to return here ! :-)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    I loved Belize when I visited in 1990! Sounds like you had a great time there too!

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Looks like a wonderful place to take in some Colonial architecture.


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