Yes. Formerly known as British Honduras, the country became self-governing in 1964, renamed Belize in 1973 and gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. Belize is the only English-speaking small country in Central America and is on the western edge of the Caribbean.
The population is just under 400,000 and has a multicultural society, consisting of African-European Creoles, Spanish-Indian Mestizos, African-Indian Garinagus, Maya, and a few Europeans, North Americans, and Asians. Belizeans are, for the most part, genuinely friendly people, who lead a laid-back Caribbean lifestyle.
Belize City, Belize is the place where all explorations of the country begin and end. If you need to, locate Belize City on a map.
Is Belize safe?
Belize City has a reputation for being unsafe, which is not always deserved. You should not walk alone at night, but it is safe to walk around during the day provided you adopt a confident attitude. If you’re worried, stay at one of the better hotels and take cabs within the city. Note that most of the people in Belize are very friendly and have no problem with tourists. If approached by people asking for money, just be friendly and politely decline. Act like you know where you are going and you’ll be fine.
Where to stay in Belize City?
It is impossible to completely avoid Belize City because you fly in and out of the city before and after your trip. We make all accommodation arrangements for your trip with Slickrock. If you arrive early or stay late, you’ll need to make your own reservations for the additional nights. These are our favorite hotels in Belize City. They are all near our dock and closer to the airport. There are taxes in Belize that are not included in room rates, and most lodges also tack on a 10% service charge. So expect a 15%-25% tax on top of the rates below. All rates can change without notice.
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Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel
The Biltmore is where you will stay with us while in Belize City. It is a full-service hotel located on the outskirts of Belize City, three miles from downtown, and not far from the International airport. Single or double rates are $97 for registered Slickrock guests only (regular rates are around $150.) If you are staying additional days and want to stay at the Biltmore, make your reservations in advance and directly with the Biltmore for the special rate to apply. Do not try to use the Best Western on-line reservation system. You will not get the special Slickrock deal if you do; make reservations by email and phone (you can make the reservation by email, but you have to confirm with a credit card by phone).
The Biltmore has a business center, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar, gift shop, and a tour desk. Their in-house tour company is the easiest place to arrange for day tours out of Belize City before or after your stay. All rooms are newly remodeled with excellent beds, flat screen TVs, wifi, hair dryers, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and tiled throughout. 3-1/2 miles on the Northern Highway from Belize City. Phone, ask for Giselle: 011-501-223-2302, her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is our favorite bed & breakfast in Belize City, and is located in a safe, quiet residential area about a mile from our dock and just a block from the ocean. A lush tropical garden surrounds the inn and gives it a real sense of privacy. Rates start at $117 a night. All rooms have air conditioning, private bath, fan, desk, hair-drier, cable TV, wireless internet, telephone. They include a hot breakfast which varies daily. A typical breakfast menu is scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, fruits, coffee and fresh squeezed juice; 3-1/2 miles Northern Highway, Phone: 011-501-223-1691, e-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.villaboscardi.com.
Located only a few blocks from the Biltmore, this private home is a great alternative if you are arriving a day early, but still nearby our meeting place when you need to transfer over. This two-story private home with tropical gardens is richly decorated in a Caribbean style. They have only four rooms, and the rates are quite reasonable: from $82 US per night. The host couple is much praised on Trip Advisor, this is a hidden gem! 475 Cedar Street, Belama Extension, Phase 2, Phone: 011-501-223-5416, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, website:dnestinn.com.
Recommended Belize City Restaurants
View our Belize City map to locate recommended restaurants
There are many wonderful Belize City restaurants; have fun exploring.
The status of restaurants in Belize fluctuates often; this information was updated in June of 2017.
Marva’s, corner of Water Ln. & E. Collet Canal: a semi-funky neighborhood, great Belizean food! Neri’s, on the corner of Queen & Handyside Sts.: good Belizean food with seven kinds of fresh squeezed juice served daily. Neri’s serves great Belizean standbys such as rice and beans, stew chicken, Oxtail Soup, Gibnut, and Cowfoot Soup. Yum! Le Petite Cafe, across from the Radisson and next to The Great House, open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.: good coffee, pastries, and wine with a nice courtyard.
Chon Saan Palace, 1 Nurse Seay/Kelly St.: our favorite restaurant in Belize. They now serve sushi and sashimi. Sahara Grill, across the street from the Biltmore hotel, this Mediterranean restaurant has kabobs, kofta, falafel, hummus, etc. and plenty of vegetarian options. Sumathi,19 Baymen Ave.: excellent Indian food. Calypso, located on the dock behind the Princess Hotel: good burgers, great seaside location. Biltmore Bistro, at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel: convenient and good food but often slow service.
The Radisson-Ft. George, 2 Marine Parade: expensive but a very good breakfast and lunch buffet. Stonegrill, at the Radisson poolside. All food is grilled and served on a hot stone: appetizers, fajitas, steak, chicken saté, shrimp, etc. The Smokey Mermaid, 13 Cork St.: fantastic food. be sure to try the garlic mashed potatoes. Riverside Tavern, on the corner of North Front & Mapp Sts.: Although the outside of this place has an industrial look, don’t let that deter you. This is a great restaurant and bar by the folks who brew Belikin Beer, Belize’s own. It has a fabulous patio. Bird’s Isle Restaurant, go all the way south on Albert St. across the bridge and onto the small island of Bird’s Isle; a laid back thatched roof bar/restaurant: fantastic setting, great food and drink. Celebrity, on Marine Parade next to Memorial Park, Volta building. A nice restaurant in a nice setting. The food is good but not excellent.