An hour from Belize City, and forty five minute boat ride up the New river brings you to one of Belize's largest ceremonial center. In addition to its display of the more exotic features of the ancient Maya in art and architecture, Lamanai also had one of the longest occupation spans dating from 1500 B.C. to the 19th century, which includes the contact period. Historical occupation is represented in the remains of two Christian Churches and a sugar mill. The name of the site was recorded in historical accounts and is Maya for "submerged crocodile".