Belize City

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Belize City – the largest city and the main port of Belize. It is located on a semicircular cape on the banks of a single river.

The territory of the town is in a rough terrain, so the first settlers (they were English sailors) in the 17th century had to hunt the land down, drying out large areas. For a long time, Belize was the main city of the Brittany-Honduras cluster, but after a catastrophe caused by Hurricane Haiti (1961), the city was moved further inland. But Bilize City is the most popular city and the most visible landmark in the country.

Bilize City is a quiet and colorful place. Most of the buildings are one- and two-story, painted in bright colors, and the streets are trompe loeil. The highlights of Belize include the St. Johns Anglican Church (1847), the Old Prison (now the Belize Museum), the Maritime Museum (dedicated to the maritime industry), and the Museum of the Land (dedicated to the reefs). Belize Park, which features mostly native species of animals, is about 50 kilometers southwest of the city.

100 USD = 201.14 BZD

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 57,000 people
  • GDP: $4,745 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115 230V60Hz
  • Internet: 13 Mbps
  • Best wireless: DigiCell
  • Tipping: Belize restaurants rarely add a service charge, so in better restaurants tip 10%–20% of the total bill. At inexpensive places, leave small change or tip 10%. Many hotels and resorts add a service charge, usually 10%, to bills, so at these places additional tipping isn’t necessary.
  • Apartment listings: Point2Homes
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best coffee 24/7: Princess Hotel
  • Best coffee: Milky Way Cafe
  • Best coworking space: ZIBC
  • Best hospital: Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Mount Cook Airline
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1250
  • Monthly costs for family: $1800
  • Monthly costs for local: $500
  • Meal: $6
  • Small Cola: $1
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3
  • Coffee: $2

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