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How to Spend 1 Day in Belize City

How to Spend 1 Day in Belize City

The bustling port town of Belize City offers a dose of Caribbean culture, coral reef views, and animal encounters. Given the city’s small size and nearness to the airport, it’s also easy to see in a day. Here’s how to maximize one day in this laid-back Central American hub.

Morning: Go Wild at the Belize Zoo

Even if you don't have time to venture into the Belizean rain forest, you can still get up close to creatures of the jungle at the Belize Zoo, located less than an hour’s drive from Belize City. The small zoo began as a wildlife rescue center and today is home to more than 45 native species. Book a guided tour to get there without a car and learn about zoo residents such as jaguars, howler monkeys, toucans, and crocodiles. Best of all, your visit supports conservation efforts to protect these animals and their natural habitats. If you prefer the city, learn about ancient and colonial history on a bus tour that covers top urban sights in a short amount of time.

Afternoon: See the Barrier Reef, No Boat Needed

Resting just offshore from Belize City's bustling port is the world’s second-largest coral reef. There's no better way to appreciate the scope of this barrier reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, than from the air on a helicopter tour. Treat yourself to an aerial perspective while soaring above protected marine reserves, coral gardens, and islands such as Ambergris Caye and Turneffe Atoll. For the ultimate fly-over, book a tour that goes all the way to the Great Blue Hole, a massive ocean sinkhole ringed by reef.

Night: Get a Taste of Caribbean Culture

Though it's no longer the Belizean capital (that honor moved to Belmopan after destructive hurricane Hattie), Belize City still showcases the small country’s diverse culture and cuisine. Dig into Creole, Afro-Caribbean, and Maya dishes at relaxed restaurants and street vendors. Or, hit the town on a party bus extravaganza.

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Belize City and Rum Factory Private Tour

Belize City and Rum Factory Private Tour

Get to know Belize City and one of its favorite local products on this shore excursion combining a city tour with a stop at a rum factory. See the city's most notable landmarks and historic sites on a bus or minivan tour, stopping to take photos and shop for souvenirs at a local market. Make a special pitstop at the Traveler's Liquor factory to taste authentic Belizean rum and learn how this beloved tropical drink is distilled.
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation