Belize City is the largest city in Belize, a country in Central America. The city also once served as the capital of the former British Honduras, which was the United Kingdom's last continental possession in the Americas. The British Honduras became a self-governing colony, gained independence, and was officially renamed to Belize.
The city of Belize itself is not particularly a top destination in Belize, though it is the only major urban area in the country. In order to help make tourists feel safer in Belize City, the government has gone through greater lengths such as increasing the number of armed local police and tourist police. Most of Belize City's charm rests on its historical colonial houses, seaside parks, lively shopping areas, and more.
Museum of Belize - The building where the museum now resides was once a Her Majesty's Prison when the area was still the British Honduras, as a replacement for a nearby wooden prison. Only in 2002 was the building restored and renovated into an art and history museum. As a national museum, it now houses exhibits with Maya artefacts that tell of about 3,000 years of Maya history, in addition to the prison's history, colonial life, and cultural exhibits of the ethnic groups in the area.
Caye Caulker - Take a water taxi or a small plane to get to Caye Caulker, a small limestone coral island about 32km north-northeast of the city. The island is a popular destination for tourists on the search for a laid-back atmosphere; the island has virtually no cars and no cares, only white sand beaches, pristine waters, an interesting barrier reef, fresh seafood, and a chill, easy-going attitude overall. Most importantly, the island offers countless activities, from world-class snorkelling to scuba-diving and fishing, as well as touring the Maya Ruins, going windsurfing, meeting manatees, birdwatching, and more!
Belize Zoo - Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre is a 29-acre zoo situated about 47km west of Belize City. It houses over 125 animals of around 48 endemic species. The area within the zoo still contains an intact natural environment to make the residents more comfortable. The zoo also hosts programs such as the Harpy Eagle Restoration Program and the Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation Program.
How to get around within Belize City
Taking a taxi is a perfectly efficient way to travel between the Belize City's main international airport and centre, as well as anywhere in and around the city. There is also an infrequent airport bus service. Water taxis are available for going out to Caye Caulker and San Pedro.
How to get there
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is the airport serving Belize City. The airport was formerly called Belize International Airport until it was renamed after activist and politician Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, who died in October of 2001. Notable airlines that operate to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport are American Airlines, Maya Island Air, Tropic Air, and United Airlines. They and the other airlines that serve the airport offer scheduled passenger flights to other parts of Belize, several parts of the United States of America, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Apart from commercial flights, the airport has also hosted a number of military units such as Headquarters British Forces Belize, No. 1417 (Tactical Ground Attack), and Belize Defence Forces.
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