Belize City, Belize
Calypso Trolley Train
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Approximately 1 Hour
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. Enjoy refreshing ocean breezes as your guide shares the history of this once-British settlement and the cultural diversity that has shaped this young nation.
Stop at the Fort George Lighthouse, better known by locals as the Baron Bliss Lighthouse, named after the man buried in a tomb near its base. Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss was Belize’s greatest benefactor. In his will, the millionaire left nearly $2 million to the country -- a sizable fortune back in 1926. His wish was to be buried by the sea near an obelisk or lighthouse. The funds were used for improvements throughout the country, including a cultural center and a nursing school.
Your ride will take you through contrasting districts, from affluent residential areas to working-class neighborhoods bustling with daily life. Watch for the Governor’s and Prime Minister’s mansions. At the height of the mahogany trade the late 1800s, the city's south side housed many of the slaves' quarters. Some of these original structures still exist today.
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 ballast bricks from the ships. It is Belize’s oldest surviving building. A different era in Belize’s commercial hub, where the majority of the historic buildings are still standing and many have been restored. The Supreme Court Building (1926) still functions as the country's highest court. 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 located at the mouth of Haulover Creek, where the waterway is lined with charming fishing boats and water taxis. Reportedly the only manually-operated one of its kind in the world, the bridge connects the south and north sections of downtown.
The return route takes you past Memorial Park, which honors the fallen soldiers of World War I. Lining the streets around the park are fine examples of colonial mansions.
Back at the Tourism Village, enjoy free time to browse among the wide variety of local handicrafts and souvenirs at the shops in the area.