Belize City

Belize City waterfront.

Belize City is the largest city in Belize. It is on a small peninsula protruding into the Caribbean Sea. It was the capital city until flooding and other damage from a hurricane in 1961 prompted the government to relocated to Belmopan, closer to the geographic center of the country.

Get in

By air

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (IATA: BZE) is in Belize City. It is about 30 minutes drive from Belize City centre. The best way to get to and from the city centre is by taxi. Although an airport bus service exists, it is very infrequent and unreliable. BZE is served by most major US airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Air) as well as a couple regional carriers (Honduras, Maya, and Tropic).

By water taxi

Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association and San Pedro Belize Express have boats going out to Caye Caulker and San Pedro Town from the city often. Both companies have terminals in the city centre close to the swing bridge. Remember if you buy a round-trip ticket, you will have to use the same company going back as you took going there.

By bus

From Guatemala City (travel time: 8 to 10 hr), you have the following options to Belize:

Altobuses del Norte ADN. Linea Dorada, first class buses leaving Guatemala City at 21:00 for USD30,"first class" buses at 10:00 and 12:00 for USD22 and an economy bus leaving at 22:00 for USD16. Fuente del Norte has 15+ departures from Guatemala City per day. Most of these are local runs with second-class buses (older pullman coaches without air conditioning), but they also operate a few first-class express buses (with toilets and air conditioning) leaving from Guatemala City at 10:00, 14:00, and 22:30, and a deluxe bus leaving from Guatemala City at 21:00.

Get around

Use a taxi. If you want to get out of Belize City, use the taxi, bus, or even the little airplanes which take you to other destinations in Belize for less than USD100.



Most tourists use Belize City as a transportation hub and spend little time in the city. With that said, Belize City is still the cultural centre of the country and offers a comparably large number of cultural attractions.


All places accept US dollars as the Belizean dollar is pegged to the US dollar at BZD2=USD1. If you are traveling to the cayes, stock up on your cash at the central bank, as the ATMs on the islands often run out of money on weekends.

If you want to shop there is tourism village in the Fort George area which has jewelry shops like Diamonds International and lots of gift shops. Fort George is located on a boardwalk.

Albert Street is the main street in the Commercial District and features many shops and small shopping centres.



Stay safe

Although Belize City has a bad reputation, both the Commercial District and the Fort George District are safe during the day. Virtually all sights as well as the water taxi docks are in this area and tourist should not be worried about exploring these neighborhoods while waiting for a bus or water taxi. Other neighborhoods in Belize City have a very high crime rate and you should take a taxi if you have to leave the city centre.


Go next

The Western Highway leads to Belize West or the Northern Highway to Belize North.

Water taxis regularly run from the main terminal to Caye Caulker, a 25 minute trip, and Ambergris Caye, a 75 minute trip.

San Pedro Belize Express departs from the Brown Sugar Terminal in Belize City with scheduled runs at 09:00, 12:00, 15:00. 17:30 to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

Rates: Belize City to San Pedro, San Pedro to Belize City: BZD30 or USD15 (one way), BZD55 or USD27.50 (round trip), Belize City to Caye Caulker: BZD20 or USD10 (one way), BZD35 or USD17.50 (round trip)

A week-long trip to Green River in the south to experience the rain forest and a week-long trip to the coral reefs to experience the reefs are both recommended.

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