Beyond the Tourism Village, the road follows the north shore of the river mouth, reaching the Fort George Lighthouse, which marks the tomb of Baron Bliss, Belize’s greatest benefactor. On the seafront itself, Memorial Park honours the Belizean dead of the world wars, and in the streets around the park you’ll find several colonial mansions, many of the best preserved now taken over by upmarket hotels. At the corner of Hutson Street and Gabourel Lane a block from the sea is the former US Embassy: a superb “colonial” building actually constructed in New England in the nineteenth century, then dismantled and shipped to Belize.

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