Belize City is the biggest city and main seaport of Belize. Until 1970, it was known as Belize Town and was the capital of British Honduras, as Belize was then known. Since then, the capital has been relocated to the city of Belmopan. Today it has a population of around 71,000 people (2011 estimate).
City Hall, Belize City
Belize City is located at the mouth of the Belize River. It dates back to the mid-17th century, and is the located of a small Maya city called Holzuz. The British established Belize Town there as a center for the export of timber, particularly logwood and mahogany. Thousands of African slaves were brought in to work in the British timber industry.
Today, even though the center of administration for Belize lies elsewhere, Belize Center continues to play the most important role as the epicenter of everything Belize.
St John's Cathedral, Belize City
Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
Belize City experiences a tropical monsoon climate. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year, with only slight variations. June to September are the summer months, when the average high temperature hovers around 31°C (88°F). Coolest month is January, when the average low temperature may drop to 19°C (66°F). Belize City receives the most rain in October, at 305 mm (12.01 in).
Visiting Belize City
The Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) is the largest and busiest airport in Belize. This despite it being prone to flooding. The airport receives flights from Atlanta, Belmopan, Cancún, Caye Caulker, Charlotte, Corozal, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dangriga, Flores, Guatemala City, Kanantik, Houston, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro Sula and Savannah, among others.
Arriving at the airport, the most practical way to reach your hotel is to take a taxi. Similarly, expect to take a taxi when going anywhere in Belize City.
Places of Interest in Belize City