The George Price Highway
The George Price Highway is one of Belize’s three major thoroughfares. Beginning in Belize City, it runs to points west, including the capital, Belmopan, the town of San Ignacio, the village of San Jose Succotz, and the border with Guatemala at the town of Benque Viejo del Carmen. The George Price Highway is completely paved along its length and is a two-lane roadway.
The George Price Highway was first constructed in the 1930s and was known as the Western Highway. Renamed in 2012 on the one-year anniversary of the death of George Price, many locals continue to refer to it as the Western Highway. The road is named for George Cadle Price, the last head of state during the colonial era and the first prime minister of Belize after the country gained independence from Great Britain in 1981.
Starting in Belize City, the main attractions along the George Price Highway include the exit to the village of Burrell Boom (mile marker 14,3), the access road to Hattieville (mile marker 15.9), the intersection with the Hummingbird Highway and the entrance to Belmopan (mile marker 47.2), the town of San Ignacio (mile marker 68.5), and the border crossing into Guatemala (mile marker 77.2).