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There really isn't much reason to take a guided tour of Belize City. The downtown center is extremely compact and lends itself very easily to self-directed exploration. There are only a handful of interesting attractions, and all are within easy walking distance of the central Swing Bridge. Below you'll find reviews of the most interesting attractions, as well as a walking tour of the city.

If you really feel the need for a guided tour of the city, ask at your hotel desk for a recommendation, or call Discovery Expeditions (tel. 223-0748; www.discoverybelize.com) or S & L Travel and Tours (tel. 227-7593; www.sltravelbelize.com). A half-day city tour should cost around BZ$80 to BZ$100 (US$40-US$50/£21-£27) per person, but can easily be combined with a visit to one of the several popular nearby attractions. All the above companies offer a whole range of day trips and combinations to the attractions close to the city and even further afield.

The Top Attractions

Belize City is very light on true attractions. The museums mentioned here are quite quaint and provincial by most international standards, although they are worth a visit if you are spending a day getting to know the city, residents, and local history. For attractions just outside the city, see the Side Trips section.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.