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Top Choice Zoo in West of Belize City

Belize Zoo

If most zoos are maximum-security wildlife prisons, then the Belize Zoo is more like a halfway house for wild animals that can't make it on the outside. A must-visit on any trip to Belize District, the zoo has many …
Top Choice Museum in Belize City

Museum of Belize

This modern museum in the Fort George District provides an excellent overview of the story of Belize, told through exhibits housed in the country's former main jail (built of brick in 1857). Fascinating displays, hi…
Top Choice Island in Belize City

Goff's Caye

Some of the most spectacular snorkeling in Belize happens just a short swim off the powder white sands of Goff's Caye, a tiny, uninhabited island just a 30-minute boat ride to the southeast of Belize City. With noth…
Top Choice Cafe in Belize City

Spoonaz Photo Cafe

An oasis in downtown Belize City, this cosmopolitan cafe serves quality coffee as well as paninis and sandwiches. There is a smart air-conditioned lounge area inside but you really want to be under the green cloth u…
Top Choice Bar in Belize City

Bird's Isle Restaurant

Bird's Isle may be the best that Belize City has to offer. An island oasis at the southern tip of town, it manages to defy the urban grit that lies just a few blocks away. Locals and tourists alike flock to the pala…
Top Choice Belizean in Belize City

Nerie's II Restaurant

Nerie's offers most accompaniments imaginable to rice and beans, including curried lamb, stewed cow foot, lobster and deer. Begin with a choice of soups, including chicken, escabeche (with chicken, lime and onions),…
Top Choice International in Belize City

Belamari

This open-air, seaside restaurant in Buttonwood Bay is a chic new spot for cocktails, and all the better if you make a meal of it. The menu spans several continents, with everything from Brazilian shrimp stew to mus…
Top Choice Landmark in Belize City

Swing Bridge

This heart and soul of Belize City life, crossed by just about everyone here just about every day, is said to be the only remaining manually operated bridge of its type in the world. The bridge, a product of Liverpo…
Gallery in Belize City

Image Factory

The country's most innovative and exciting art gallery stages new exhibitions and hosts regular book launches, usually of work by Belizean artists. Opening receptions are mostly held early in the month on the deck, …
Ruins in Old Northern Highway

Altun Ha

Altun Ha, the Maya ruins that have inspired Belikin beer labels and Belizean banknotes, stands 31 miles north of Belize City, off the Old Northern Hwy. While smaller and less imposing than some other Maya sites in t…