Old Belize

Old Belize Adventure Cultural and Historical Center
 Old Belize Adventure Cultural and Historical Center

 Old Belize Adventure Cultural and Historical Center

Following a decisive naval victory over the Spanish in 1798, Belize has been Britain’s only colony in Central America. Although much of this heritage has been lost to wind, weather, and the passage of time, modern visitors can get a glimpse of colonial era live by visiting Old Belize, a combination museum and adventure park located on the outskirts of Belize City.

Why You Have to Tour Old Belize

After Belize gained independent from Great Britain in 1981, the country embarked on an ambitious program to help preserve their history as well as share their unique heritage with foreign visitors. Designed primarily for cruise ship passengers disembarking at the marine docks in Belize City, Old Belize is essentially an encapsulated version of the entire country.

Originally not much more than a beachfront bar and a place to buy souvenirs, Old Belize is now one of the top visitor destinations in the country and includes a giant water slide, museum, exhibitions on all the different cultures that make up Belize’s melting pot society, gift shops, a floating trampoline, restaurants, cafes, and even an enormous rope swing that arcs out over the tranquil azure waters of Cucumber (Kukumba) Beach.

In the 1950s, a man from Florida began farming vegetables (including cucumbers) for export to the United States. He used the area around what is now Old Belize to package his vegetables, giving rise to the name of the beach (spelled Kukumba in Belizean Creole).

Where in Belize is Old Belize Located?

Old Belize is located five miles outside the city limits of Belize City on the George Price Highway (still widely known as the Western Highway).

When Is the Best Time to Visit?

Old Belize is open all year round except for Mondays and Good Friday (three days before Easter Sunday). The beach is open from Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Best Way to Get to Old Belize

As a popular tourist destination, there are regular buses and shuttles that connect Old Belize to Belize City, including the marine docks where cruise ship passengers disembark.

Best Way to Experience Old Belize

 You can come to Old Belize to learn more about the history and peoples of Belize or simply treat it as an adventure park with lots of rides, games, and delicious food. Despite being created specifically for foreign tourists, Old Belize is now equally popular with local Belizeans. Guided tours are a great way to experience all the best parts of Old Belize.

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