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Colour and charm

As one of the only major urban areas of Belize, the nation's eponymous portside city is somewhat shunned by many tourists, who dash past it in order to get to the spectacular natural beauty that lies beyond.

However, to write it off entirely is a complete mistake, and it's well worth spending a day or two exploring its ramshackle and colourful streets. Containing oodles of charm and an ethnic diversity that speaks volumes about Belize's history, Belize City combines handsome colonial houses with seaside parks and busy shopping areas.

While much of the country has a distinctly laid back atmosphere, it can be worth visiting its former capital to experience the contrast. The city feels distinctly wound up, coiled like a spring and ready to explode with energy at any moment. It's a strangely energising experience.

Attractions worth a mention include the Swing Bridge that crosses Haulover Creek, linking Albert Street with Queen Street. Some say this little construction is the very heart of Belize itself.


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