Belize City Travel Guide
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- Belize CityMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2
I've heard people really give Belize City a hard time. We arrived here by cruise, and what we saw of Belize City may be limited. However, I think from what I did see of the city, the people who don't like the city have rarely been outside of the US or other "westernized" cities and are unused to seeing how people live in some of the more under-developed countries around the world, which makes them uncomfortable.
- Belize City
This was a place we visited while on a Carnival Dream cruise recently. Belize was a beautiful place! You take a tender from the ship and it takes you about 15 minutes to get there. Please be careful! We researched a lot before going on this cruise. You will want to stick with an excursion offered by a reputable company and never explore this place alone. We used tripadvisor.com to find a company. By going outside carnival to book excursions, we saved a great deal of money. We did a couple of excursions this way and it was worth it. Belize is rated number 6 in the world for murder rate. It is very dangerous! I would never recommend going outside the gates of this small port. We did a little shopping before boarding another tender to snorkel off a small island. Even in the "safe" area of shopping, they tried to cheat us when we purchased a $15 hat for our daughter. My husband didn't have change, handed them a $100 bill and they gave him $5 back! He corrected them and they tried to cheat him a second time. Please watch! They will try to cheat you! I recommend carrying small bills. Lots of fake handbags and other goods if that's your pleasure. You can get some neat souvenirs. Worth getting off the ship!
- Belize CityMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
The dilapidated former capital. The gateway to the famous offshore cayes, but also a place to be very careful at night. It really feels like the sea is slowly reclaiming this city.
- Belize City
Wasn't really a place where I felt comfortable. When we arrived we only passed through the city as we stayed in Belmopan at the Jungle Dome. When we did return to the city I could see that it was congested and I just didn't feel very safe. We obviously stood out as tourists as well. Very hard to fit in.
- Belize City
We spent a couple afternoons here, but never overnight. It was a way station for us to Caye Caulker. We spent a lot of time in the bus station and wandering around town. The overall impression? It didn't feel very safe. Upon arrival, we were immediately yelled at by two very aggressive cab drivers who were upset that we didn't accept their services. It was very intense and a bit scary. These were cab drivers located near the main bus station. Otherwise, walking around town and checking out the shops was interesting and fun. There is an intense vibrancy and energy in Belize City, but it mingles with an "on-edge" feeling. Like emotions about to burst. It left me intrigued and a bit put off. But I'm sure there are great things to discover here if you're willing to put the time in.
Word of advice: be vigilant at the bus station. Keep an eye out for your bus and don't expect things to run on time.
- Belize CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
Unsafe and gross. It is at best a hub to get to the cayes or the jungle.
We may have chosen a bad hotel. Well, actually, we chose to bounce to the cayes directly from the intl airport, but a weather delay forced us to find a place in Belize City for the night. Our guidebook showed us to a nice hotel that was booked, and with night and rain falling, we walked up the block to hotel hell. We were shown to our room by an aging and hideous prostitute that didnt actually work for the hotel itself, but knew where to find the key while the desk person was out getting dinner. I guess she spends a lot of time in the lobby and knows her way around. The room itself was indoors and had a bathroom that looked like it escaped from a highway gas station, but it was late and we just needed to survive there until dawn when the first flights out of town would resume, as the municipal airport has no runway lights.
We needed food though, so we walked to the corner for a taxi to take us to a local restaurant despite being warned that it was not safe to do so as we had no other transportation options. Eek. BC at night is really creepy. We found a cab and went to a recommended restaurant which was pretty mediocre, and cabbed it home. we slept in our clothes and didn't bother with the shower as we were cleaner without it.
Look, I hope this didn't make me seem like some bourgeois a-hole trashing some developing city that's doing the best it can. Maybe BC is great in the daylight, or at a better hotel, or better restaurant. BC has a great location and should be a nice place, but I just didn't find any magic, and honestly have felt much safer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in similar hotels and food places, so its not like I'm expecting high end opulence on a shoestring, but I have been around enough to know when it's time to be overly concerned with ones safety and gtfo out of town for happier places.
The local municipal airport with its unlit dirt runway is pretty cool though, and very convenient no-reservation ticket service. The Cessna Caravan aircraft seemed in good shape, and as a fan of smaller prop aircraft I enjoyed the short flight immensely, though my wife did not, being less familiar with smaller planes.
- Belize City
Nothing to see or do, beaches are decent. Don't waste money on visiting the Mayan Ruins, they aren't excavated. The pics they show you, to sell you on visiting the ruins are actually the pics from the ruins in Guatemala. You can get pretty good seafood though
- Belize CityMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersFirst to Review
Belize City is the only place I felt unsafe in Belize, but it's the best hub for traveling out to the islands or going West to the Belize Zoo (not a typical zoo at all), Actun Tunichil Muknal caves, San Ignacio, or Tikal.
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