The Best Hotels in and Around Belize City, Belize

Luxurious beach resorts facing the Caribbean sea? It doesn't get much better than that
Luxurious beach resorts facing the Caribbean sea? It doesn't get much better than that | Courtesy of Costa Blu Beach Resort / Expedia.com
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4 March 2021
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Explore Mayan jungle ruins, snorkel with turtles or head out deep-sea fishing while staying in the capital of Belize.

Belize City is a popular jumping-off point for travelers arriving by land, air or cruise ship. An hour-and-a-half boat ride will take you to the shores of Ambergris Caye, the biggest island in Belize. Whether you stay on the mainland or not, here’s our list of the best places to stay in Belize City ideal for a stay.

Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina

Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina exterior with adjacent sea and palms
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Book a stay at the Radisson Fort George, and you’ll have plenty of adventurous trips on your doorstep. Explore the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere; the boat departs from the marina right across the street. Inside, rooms range from simple doubles to king-sized deluxe suites, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Come nightfall, listen to live music alongside locals in the hotel’s bar, Baymen’s Tavern. This might just hold the mantle of best hotel in Belize City.

Seaside Chateau

Seaside Chateau terrace with seating area with umbrella
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River meets sea at the Seaside Chateau, located just a few miles from downtown Belize City. Choose between cabanas with a view of the Belize River or the Caribbean to the east, each with its own perks. Hidden among the 40ft (12m) mangrove trees, you might spot parrots, fish and even the occasional manatee or two. On the beach, however, you’ll find white sand, seagulls and a volleyball court ready to see some action.

Harbour View Cottages

Harbour View Cottages outdoor pool with bougainvillea
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Stroll through the Harbour View Cottages garden to see your meals before they’re picked and served at the plant-based Martha’s Cafe (which also brews some of the best coffee in town). The cottages are also home to Om Shanti Belize, a yoga and wellness studio that offers classes in sattva yoga, meditation initiations and Vedic astrology. Beyond the cottage, you’re a short walk from other Belize City sights and the water taxi stop, a creative way to get around town.

Grand Colony Island Villas

Grand Colony Island Villas lounge with plants and flatscreen
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You’ll feel right at home in one of the Grand Colony’s 12 villas on Ambergris Caye, just 90 minutes by boat from Belize City. Choose between a two-bedroom suite, close to the pool, or a three-bedroom villa with beachfront access. With an on-site dive center, you’ll have your pick of underwater spots along the Belize Barrier Reef, like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

The Palms Oceanfront Suites

Pontoon leading out to ocean at The Palms Oceanfront Suites
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Just in front of the San Pedro Airport and a short walk from downtown, the Palms Oceanfront Suites is a convenient place to stay on Ambergris Caye. The 12 suites, ranging from one- to three-beds, offer beachfront access, full kitchens and private balconies. There’s also a snug poolside casita, perfect for couples. From the hotel dock, you can catch a boat to snorkel in Coral Gardens, or scuba dive in the Great Blue Hole.

Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel

Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel outdoor pool with loungers and palms
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With a movie theater, Olympic-size pool and Vegas-style casino all under its roof, you may never want to leave the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. Spacious rooms offer large comfortable beds with Caribbean views. Families can enjoy the on-site children’s activities, plus rollaway beds can be added onto any room. Make the most of the complimentary breakfast buffet (which includes good vegan options).

Golden Bay Belize Hotel

Golden Bay Belize Hotel room with grand bed and matching chairs and marble floor
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The rooms at Golden Bay Belize Hotel are fit for a king, filled with ornate, baroque-style furniture, crown molding and teardrop chandeliers. Luxury is on the menu, too, at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant Vino Tinto. Take your pick from a number of local catches like grilled green mussels, Belizean shrimp ceviche or seafood soup. When you’re ready to explore, drivers are on standby 24/7 to whisk you downtown.

Costa Blu Beach Resort, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Large swimming pool and beach leading down to ocean at Costa Blu Beach Resort
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Beachside bliss awaits you at the Costa Blue Beach Resort, an adults-only getaway on Ambergris Caye that is miles away from town. Check out a free kayak or paddleboard for a lazy float or try one of Costa Blu’s other outdoor activities like fishing, bike rides and volleyball. When you’re ready to retire, head back to your king-size suite – the largest ones feature a pretty porch with sea views.

For more options, discover our guide on where to stay in Belize for a local experience and book now on Culture Trip.

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