What to do in Belize City?
When we first visited we hired a taxi and asked him to take us on a tour of the City. It took about an hour and a 1/2 . Agree on a price before you head out.
Recently, open-air tourist trollies are available to take you around.
In the south end, definitely visit the Belize Museum which presents the fascinating history of Belize City and more. Track down the Image Factory between the two water-taxi terminals. It offers a good selection of Belize-related literature and at the back houses a large collection of Belizean art.
When you leave the Image Factory, go across the street for a cup of coffee and lunch at the Maya Café. Walk down the street to the Tourist Village and on the left, outside of the Village, you will find a Government owned and managed arts and crafts shop.
If you fancy a drink, you are very close to the Radisson Hotel. Check out the Baymen’s Bar.
Take a walk along Regent Street. Check out the Supreme Court across from Brodies’ Super Store and Pharmacy. Further along Regent Street you can visit the Government House and nearby the historic St. John’s Anglican Church.
At this point, you are five minutes away from Bird’s Isle restaurant, where successful Belizeans gather to plan their destinies. Very good place to eat and a great place to watch the sun set around 6 p.m.
You can take many day-trips from Belize City. Take a water-taxi to Caye Caulker (45 min) or San Pedro (1 1/2 hr), two very popular islands off the coast.
You can day-trip to the Belize Z00 on the Western Hgwy at mile 29 or visit Gram’s Farms at Mile 20 of the Western Hgwy. Take a bus from the Main Bus Terminal in the south end.
The Zoo is small but impressive. It features local birds and animals. Gram’s has a public pool, a nice patio restaurant, nature trails and a canoe ride on Hector Creek. When you leave either of these places, get back on the highway and flag down a City-bound bus. (Express buses won’t stop for you.)
You can day-trip to the northern Belize and visit Orange Walk Town and/or Corozal Town. You will have plenty of time to stroll around and still get back to the City before dark. If you visit Orange Walk Town, drop in at the Hotel de la Fuente and check it out for future reference.
Where to Eat?
As well as the restaurants already mentioned, I can suggest the following, all in the south end and all within walking distance from hotels in the south end: Bishops on Bishop Street and Macy’s and Ditz close by. Ask at your hotel for directions.
Most restaurants are closed on Sunday. For very good Belizean food try Neries on Queen Street close to the Police Station. It is open on Sunday till 3:00 p.m.
There are some high-end restaurants in the area around the Radisson and some ethnic restaurants in other areas of the city which I have rarely visited.
If you don’t want to go out, ask your hotel staff to order some Chinese food or Italian Pizza. You can pick up wine, beer or booze at Brodies or many other stores.
With a little curiosity and a sparkle of initiative you can have a good time in Belize City.