Belize City is a lively mix of historic, colonial, and modern-day thriving society. Its eastern boundary runs along the Caribbean Sea which makes tourism a big part of the city’s economy. It is a cruise tourism port city and boasts two marine terminals from which boats go back and forth between the city and the islands of Belize. Belize City was once the capital of the country, but that changed after Hurricane Hattie when her vulnerability as a seaside city was exposed. The capital was moved inland to Belmopan, but Belize City has remained the Commercial Capital. It is a vibrant, dynamic city that is undergoing modernization to keep up the needs of its people and its growing tourism market.
Belize City centrally has the three largest hotels and conference rooms in the country. Visitors who want the tours but want more of a city experience may do the inland tours (Maya Temples, ATM cave, Zip lining, Cave tubing, or the Belize Zoo), or visit the nearby cayes of San Pedro and Caye Caulker during the day and get back in time to enjoy the comforts and nightlife of the city.
With a population of about 70,000, Belize City is home to three of the country’s biggest hospitals and medical clinics. International music artists host concerts at Belize City locations. As well, Belize City schools consistently score among the highest in countrywide and regional examinations. The National Carnival is held here in September. Belize City is the heartbeat of our nation, and a trip to our country is not complete without a stop here.