BELIZE CITY, BELIZE
The former capital, Belize City is your gateway to an array of adventures in this tiny nation. Like hiking in the rainforest, cave-and-river tubing, bird watching, exploring Mayan ruins and enjoying the gorgeous Caribbean coastline.
The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
When you're in Belize, don't miss the chance to climb to the top of El Castillo. This 135-foot structure is one of the tallest Mayan structures in Belize. From the top, you can see the lush rainforest of Peten, the Mayan Mountains and even across the border into Guatemala. Keep your eyes open for flocks of toucans and parrots in the trees below you.
Other Fun Things to Do
- Tour the amazing Altan Ha pyramid and discover the prevalence of Mayan influence in this culture. This ancient temple was erected as a symbol of Mayan honor and devotion to the Sun God, one of the central figures in their religious beliefs.
- The Baboon Sanctuary, Belize Zoo and Old Belize River are great places to witness some of Belize's wildlife. You'll see tapir, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, jaguarundis and more. See crocodiles and wild howler monkeys along the river.
- Explore Belize's exciting underwater world and take in its unique coral structures, intricate caves and extensive marine life.
- Stroll the marketplace in Belize City and mingle with the local vendors selling fruits, vegetables, and arts and crafts.
- For an exciting adventure, hop on the Reef Rocket, Belize City's fastest ride.
With such a beautiful Caribbean coastline, Belize also provides the perfect setting to snorkel and dive. Marine life is abundant here and a trip to Goff's Caye will provide you the opportunity to view some playful manatee in their own habitat.
The official currency of Belize is the Belizean dollar (BZD). Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.