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Introduction

Belize City

Belize City

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Belize City was founded in the mid-17th century by British lumber jacks. Before the arrival of the British the Mayan city of Holzuz had been here. The city was located on the sea, at the mouth of several rivers and creeks used by the lumber industry. It slowly grew into what is now the economic and cultural centre of the country, with a population of about 70,000 people. It is no longer the capital, as Belmopan became the capital in 1970 after a devastating hurricane destroyed most of the city.

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Neighbourhoods

The city is divided into two main areas. The Northside is bordered by Haulover Creek and bordered to the east by the Fort George area. The Southside extends to the outskirts of the city and the Port area, which includes downtown. Politically the city is divided into ten constituencies but most people just talk about the Northside and the Southside.

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Events and Festivals

  • Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19th)
  • Belize City Carnival (September)
  • Baron Bliss Day (March 9th)

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Weather

Belize City has a tropical climate with generally warm to hot weather with high humidity. Temperatures usually hover around 30 °C during the day and 23 °C at night. December to April is the best time to visit because it is the dry and sunny season, while from June to November it is rainy season with occasional hurricanes possible from August onwards.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max27.6 °C28.3 °C29.5 °C30.7 °C31.8 °C31.3 °C31.1 °C31.3 °C31 °C30.2 °C29.1 °C28 °C
Avg Min19.5 °C20.1 °C21.8 °C23.1 °C24.2 °C24.7 °C24.3 °C24.2 °C23.9 °C22.7 °C21.3 °C20.4 °C
Rainfall137.9 mm72.6 mm59.2 mm51.7 mm104.6 mm257.6 mm243.5 mm186.9 mm286.5 mm254.6 mm182.8 mm175.6 mm
Rain Days11.87.44.93.96.114.116.315.915.915.412.611.9

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Getting There

By Plane

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) is the largest airport in the country and is undergoing an expansion that should be completed by 2015. Once the expansion is completed the airport should be able to handle direct flights from Europe. Due to the number of tourist flying in and out of this airport there are several airlines that have direct flights to quite a few cities in North America and Central America.

Philip S. W. Goldson is about 20 minutes drive from Belize City's centre, in Ladyville. The best way to get to and from the city centre is via taxi.
A taxi to Belize City costs BZ$50.00 and takes 15 to 25 minutes depending on traffic. Although an airport bus service exists, it is very infrequent and unreliable. There is also a Shuttle Service. Another option is to walk or taxi from the airport to the Northern highway (about 2.5 km) and wait for a bus.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bachelor Inn5931 Bachelor Ave. West LandivarGUESTHOUSE73
Seaside Guesthouse#3 Prince streetApartment76
The Red Hut Inn90 Bella VistaHostel79
Maya Kingdom Resort-HostelAlton Ha Rockstone PondHostel-

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Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 17.50077
  • Longitude: -88.191801

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