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This guide tells you everything you need to know about Belize City, but the Introduction contains extensive information about the entire country when to go, the people and culture, the history, plant and animal life, people and culture, and much more. Although not the capital of the country, Belize City is the largest city in the nation. It is also the center of commerce, culture and transportation. The census showed a population of 68,197 recently, although unofficial estimates go as high as 84,200 residents, a third of the country's total population. BC, as the city is commonly called, is a collection of majestic colonial houses interspersed with clapboard shacks rigged with huge wooden vats that collect rain water from the tin roofs. Decorating the vats and roofs of these buildings are palm trees and flowering bougainvillea. The city's populace is as colorful as its buildings. It is a mixture of black and white, brown and yellow. For a developing nation, Belize has citizens that look healthy and dress in very clean clothes. All have smiles (even if they rob you) and the time to talk. Walking is the best way to get around in the center of the city. Most places of interest are within a short distance of each other. The guide details walking tours around every part of the city that is worth a visit. Cycling adventures are another option and all the information you need is here. Plus the hotels and restaurants, from the most to the least expensive, are described in detail as well.

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