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Often the first stop for visitors to beautiful Belize, Belize City is a buzzing metropolitan, and acts as the central hub for business and travel around the country. But before taking off to explore, take time to appreciate all that Belize City has to offer. Explore the natural beauty of Belize by heading to the caves in the Belize rainforest.

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» Altun Ha

Altun Ha, Belize City, Belize

Altun Ha is the site of the ruins of an ancient Mayan city, and covers about 5mi (8km) squared. The central area of the site has over 500 historic structures to visit, mostly built during Maya Classic era (200-900 AD). Take a step into history at this extraordinary site, and examine the way the 10,000 inhabitants lived in the area. The site is divided into two main clusters, Plaza A and Plaza B, each with its own special attractions. Plaza A features the mysterious Temple of the Green Tomb …

» Belize City Cruise Port

Belize City Cruise Port, Belize City, Belize

With more than its fair share of natural delights, Belize is paradise for outdoor-adventure enthusiasts, and Belize City is the gateway to its spoils. Shore excursions include river kayaking, horseback riding, Mayan temples, ziplining and cave tubing, or if you'd rather be under the water, the country's coral reef is one of the best in the world. Because of this ecological abundance, Belize City is often overlooked, but as the cultural capital of the country, it's worth a look around. If you do want to get out, some of the cayes are accessible for a day trip by boat or tiny plane …

» Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo, Belize City, Belize

In 1983 Richard Foster came to Belize to film a wildlife documentary. Over a dozen animals used in filming became partly tame by the time shooting wrapped, so Sharon Matola, the American biologist in charge of their care, decided to found the Belize Zoo to give them somewhere to call home. Today, the Belize Zoo covers 29 acres (11.7 hectares) and is home to more than 150 animals representing 45 species native to the country. Many of the zoo's residents are rescue animals who have been injured, orphaned or donated from other zoos …

» Caracol

Caracol, Belize City, Belize

Caracol is the single largest archeological site in Belize, and one of the biggest Mayan structures in the world. Discovered in 1938 by loggers, the Classic Period complex covers over 30mi (48km) squared of land, including over 35,000 structures, five plazas, and some of the most beautiful jungle in Central America. Occupied as early as 1200 BC, dozens of hieroglyphic texts have been discovered in the ancient city, carved into altars, walls, facades, capstones, and ball-court-markers …

» Government House

Government House, Belize City, Belize

Government House, also known as the House of Culture, is often called the most beautiful colonial building in Belize City. The stately mansion was built in 1812 for the purpose of housing the colonial government of British Honduras, but was later turned into a residence for the Queen's representative in independent Belize, the Governor General. Today, it is a creative community center to show off one of the country's most important historical and political landmarks and provide space for a variety of events …

» Lamanai

Lamanai, Belize City, Belize

Meaning "submerged crocodile" in Yucatan Mayan, Lamanai is perhaps the most fascinating of all of Mayan sites in Belize if only because it is not yet completely uncovered. See history in the making as you visiting the excavation site, and prepare yourself for amazement when you realize that the hill you're looking at is actually a temple, still buried underground. The temples you do get see, however, are equally incredible. Rising all the way from the jungle floor to above the canopy, …

» Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef, Belize City, Belize

Lighthouse Reef is an incredible atoll, a coral island encircling a lagoon, in the Caribbean Sea, and was made famous by legendary sea explorer Jacques Cousteau, who rightfully declared it one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Follow in Cousteau's footsteps by diving in the Great Blue Hole, the underwater sinkhole in the center of the lagoon. Interact with the fauna of the coral reef, including amazing Caribbean reef sharks, Blacktip sharks, barracudas, stingrays, turtles …

» St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral, Belize City, Belize

St. John's Cathedral dates back to the early 1800s and is the oldest Anglican church in Central America. The cathedral, located in Belize City, is not only a place where the congregation still celebrates their faith, but it also has a big historical influence due to its colonial past. When the colonial empires fought over control of what was back then known as British Honduras, the cathedral was built by slave labor over eight years. Painstakingly, with bricks brought on ships all the way from Europe …

» Xunantunich

Xunantunich, Belize City, Belize

Overlooking the beautiful Mopan River from a stunning hilltop, the ruins at Xunantunich are some of the most visited Mayan sites in the world. Located in the Cayo region, Xunantunich, which means "stone woman" in Mayan, dates back to the Classic Era, about 200-900 AD. The complex is made up of 6 groups and about 25 different temples and palaces, and is dominated by the astonishing El Castillo, which stands 40m (130ft) tall …

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Full of history and culture, Belize City is the largest in all of Belize. Its natural beauty and Caribbean feel make this a great place to spend a few days of your vacation. Whether you are visiting to see amazing reefs, the relaxing Belize River, ancient Mayan ruins surrounding the area, wildlife or even just the colonial houses lining the streets, you won't have time to be bored with so much to see and do …

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Belize City is the largest city in the Central American country of Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras. It is located at the mouth of the Haulover Creek, which is a tributary of the Belize River. The Belize River empties into the Caribbean Sea 5 miles from Belize City on the Philip Goldson Higway on the coast of the Caribbean …

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