Belize City, Belize
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Approximately 1 Hour
Meals not included
Your excursion begins at the Fort Street Tourism Village. After a brief orientation and tasty plantain snack, step aboard the Calypso Train to see Belize City by open-air trolley train.
Stop at the Fort George Lighthouse and pass Memorial Park, which honors the fallen soldiers of World War I. Fine examples of colonial mansions line the streets around the park.
Your ride will take you through affluent residential areas and working-class neighborhoods bustling with daily life. Watch for the Governor's and Prime Minister's mansions. At the height of the mahogany trade in the late 1800s, the city's south side housed many slave quarters; some of these original structures still exist.
Continue downtown, where you'll pass many fine examples of restored colonial architecture. See St John's Cathedral -- Central America's first Anglican Church, built in 1812 by slaves using ships' ballast bricks. It is Belize's oldest building.
In Belize's commercial hub, most of its historic buildings remain intact, and many have been restored, including the Supreme Court Building (1926). The narrow streets of this business district are lined with quaint shops and small boutique hotels -- a delightful blend of old and new.
You'll cross the iconic Swing Bridge over Haulover Creek -- a waterway packed with charming fishing boats and water taxis. The bridge connects the south and north sections of downtown.
There's free time to browse among the wide variety of local handicrafts and souvenirs at the Tourism Village shops.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.