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Belize City is the largest city in Belize. It is on a small peninsula protruding into the Caribbean Sea. It was the capital city until flooding and other damage from a hurricane prompted the government to relocated to Belmopan, nearer the geographic center of the country.
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Points of Interest in Belize City
Eco-museum Belize, at Mile 14.5, Western Highway, is a living museum of Belize tropical treasures. Here, they show you how Belizeans utilize and recycle natural resources in the construction and decoration of the museum. The is dedicated to show visitors the beauty of nature in harmony with the Belizean culture.
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About Belize City
Most tourists use Belize City as a transportation hub and spend little time in the city. With that said, Belize City is still the cultural centre of the country and offers a comparably large number of cultural attractions.
- The Museum of Belize (City centre, walking distance to water taxi terminals as well as the "Tourism Village"). A former prison and now the national museum of Belize.
- The Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts is the largest cultural center in Belize and also hosts the National Art Collection of Belize.
- Image Factory. Is an independent gallery and cultural center with changing exhibitions and a small book shop. Probably the best place in Belize to learn about contemporary local art.
- St John's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral that was built in 1812. The cathedral is a landmark of Belize and one of the oldest remaining buildings in the city.
- Yarborough Cemetery (next to St John's Cathedral) was in use from 1787 to 1896. It was renovated in 1999 and has been designated an archaeological reserve in 2009.
- The Government House was once the residence of the British Governor General and is now a "House of Culture" that is open for visitors.
- The Tourism Village was created to boost cruise ship tourism in Belize City. The Tourist Village is only open when a cruise ship is in town and features a variety of shops and restaurants.
- Vegetarian Restaurant, Mile 14.5, Western Highway, Orchid Garden Eco-Village: Delicious Food, Nature at its best.
- Neris II, Regency Street: great conch soup, but the season ends on the first of July.
- Big Daddy's Diner, Central Market: Reasonably priced, very local, and a great view of Haulover Creek, home to much of the city's modest fishing fleet.
- Dit's Cafe: Great watermelon juice and wonderful pastries.
- Smoky Mermaid, Fort George area: Upscale dining.
- Harbourview, Fort George area: Very upscale dining, with a great chef.
- Marva's: a small family-run restaurant serving good, hot breakfast within walking distance from the water taxi terminal
- Riverside Tavern. Tu-Su, 11:00-24:00. Owned by Belize's only brewery you can get the freshest and coldest draft beer. Also great hamburgers, and other food available.
All places accept US dollars as the Belizean dollar is pegged to the US dollar at BZD2=USD1. If you are traveling to the cayes, stock up on your cash at the central bank, as the ATMs on the islands often run out of money on weekends.
If you want to shop there is tourism village in the Fort George area which has jewelry shops like Diamonds International and lots of gift shops. Fort George is located on a boardwalk.
Albert Street is the main street in the Commercial District and features many shops and small shopping centres.
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