Belize City is small, and your options on where to stay are limited, especially for a capital city. The most picturesque and safest neighborhood by far is the area around the Fort George Lighthouse. Here you'll find most of the city's best shopping, dining, and accommodations. Still, since the city is so compact, and it's not really recommended to walk around anywhere at night, you're best off choosing a hotel that best meets your needs, style, and budget. There are really only three large, modern hotels in town, and they're all listed below. If your tastes tend towards smaller, more intimate lodgings, there are several good options in different price ranges to choose from.

When getting a price quote from or negotiating with a hotel in Belize, be careful to be clear whether or not you are being quoted a price in Belize or U.S. dollars. There is a 9% tax on all hotel stays in Belize, which isn't included in the rates listed on this site.

Around Town

In addition to the places listed here, D'Nest Inn (; tel. 223-5416) is a cute, well-run little bed-and-breakfast located about 4.8km (3 miles) outside of downtown, just off the Northern Highway.

Near the Airport

The airport is located just 16km (10 miles) north of downtown Belize City, a 15- to 20-minute drive, depending on traffic. The area around the airport is decidedly undeveloped and of little interest to visitors. Few international flights arrive late enough or leave early enough to necessitate a stay near the airport. If you really want to stay just a stone's throw away from the airport, try the Global Village Hotel (tel. 225-2555; fax 220-3000; While large and modern, this place has virtually no atmosphere or life of its own, and there's not much else nearby either. I really recommend you take the short taxi ride into Belize City, or stay at one of the places listed here.

In addition to the place listed here, the Belize River Lodge (; tel. 888/275-4843 in the U.S. and Canada, or 225-2002 in Belize) is an upscale fishing lodge located on the banks of the Belize River, just a few miles from the airport, while the Black Orchid Resort (; tel. 866/437-1301 in the U.S. and Canada, or 225-9158 in Belize) is a small resort hotel, also on the banks of the Belize River near the town of Burrell Boom.

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.