Belize City, the largest city in Belize, is situated at the mouth of the Haulover Creek. The city is the centre of financial and industrial businesses in Belize, and serves as its principal port. It is home to the country's major banks, insurance centres, and marketplaces, and also serves as a hub for international and domestic air and road travel. Belize City has a population of 57,169 people, who inhabit ten constituencies that are connected by bridges, namely Swing Bridge, the Belchina Bascule Bridge, and the Belcan Bridge. The city's culture is similar to that of the capital cities of Caribbean such as St. George's, Grenada or Georgetown, Guyana.
What to see & do
Belize City is a paradise for tourists seeking adventures through nature-tripping and wildlife exploration. You can take a guided tour of the city to get a great sense of its rich culture and historical landmarks. One of the most popular attractions in this city is the Belize Zoo, regarded as the best little zoo in the world. Here, tourists can find rescued animals that are native to Belize, roaming around spacious cages. Tourists will have the chance to pet these animals, including jaguars pumas, howler monkeys, parakeets, and keel-billed toucans. Another must-see attraction in Belize City is the Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River, where tourists can enjoy a river tour and see wildlife animals. Once done with the river tour, visitors can take a bus going to the Mayan ruins, which include Mayan tombs that tourists can climb on. Tourists can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in Belize City, such as water rafting and cave exploration in Cave Tubing. Jungle tours and trekking adventures can also be experienced in this city. The Museum of Belize is another popular attraction in Belize City. Here, Mayan jade collections, other Mayan treasures, as well as butterflies and insect collections can be found. This offers a glimpse of Belize history dating back to the time of the Mayans.
How to get around
Once you're in Belize City, you will find that there are plenty of means to get around the country. Tourists can opt to ride taxis, to ease the travel on different parts of the city for a set price. Water taxis are also available, departing from the Brown Sugar Terminal in Belize City, with scheduled runs at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. There are also boats departing from Caye Caulker to both Belize City and San Pedro Town and they leave from the pier in front of the basketball court.
How to get there
Tourists flying in to Belize City can get in via air travel to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, which is only half an hour from the Belize City centre. Major US airlines such as American, Delta, United, Southwest, and US Airways also operate flights to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport. It serves destinations such as Cancun, Houston, San Salvador, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Guatemala City, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro, San Pedro Sula, and Chicago, among others. Tourists can then take a water taxi or bus to reach the town proper.
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