Although many travelers come to Belize in order to visit top tourist destinations such as Ambergris Caye, San Ignacio, and Placencia, some of the most interesting places to see in the country are found in Belize City.
Once the capital of the country and still its largest urban area, Belize City is a thriving, bustling metropolis located on the Caribbean coastline. If you’re visiting Belize City, here are four destinations you must visit:
Just a short drive from Belize City lie the ruins of Altun Ha. Once an important trade center for the ancient Maya, Altun Ha is perhaps best known today for its iconic Temple of the Masonry Altars. Measuring 16 meters (52 feet) high, this temple is used on the logo of Belize’s domestic brewery, Belikin.
The name Altun Ha is Maya for “Rockstone Water.” First built more than 2,500 years ago, Altun Ha grew in power until the year AD 900 when the city suffered alongside many others in the region when the ancient Maya civilization began to break down.
St. John’s Cathedral
Still a functioning Anglican church, St. John’s Cathedral holds a unique place in history. As the only Anglican church outside of England to have ever crowned a head of state, St. John’s Cathedral is an excellent example of colonial-era architecture. Built in 1820 with bricks that were brought over from England, the cathedral’s interior is furnished from locally harvested sapodilla and mahogany woods.
The Belize Museum
Located on the grounds of one of Belize’s most notorious prisons, the Museum of Belize has transformed this symbol of colonial rule into an educational and artistic facility that showcases the long history of the country.
Used as a prison from 1857 to 2002, the Belize Museum is now home to a treasure trove of cultural and historical artifacts, including Maya artifacts, an 1837 stamp commemorating Queen Victoria, information about all of the many cultures in Belize, and a preserved jail cell where visitors can get a taste of what inmate life had been like.
The Belize Sign Monument
A must-see attraction for all visitors, the Belize Sign Monument lies right on the beach on Sea Shore Drive in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City. Formed of giant letters in all of the colors of the rainbow in order to spell out “Belize,” the sign is a mandatory destination for selfies and social media photos.
Tour Belize Auto Rental has a large fleet of comfortable, modern vehicles for rent that are perfectly suited for exploring Belize, including all of the top attractions in Belize City. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in the country, including one in downtown Belize City and one at the Philip Goldson Airport in Ladyville.