Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life.
Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.
Our time in Belize! (Blog entries)
Arriving in Belize
Belize is a wonderful country with wonderful people. In the Facebook cruise groups, I see a lot of cruisers, mainly old people or first time cruisers saying they’re scared of Belize or won’t leave the ship. That’s nonsense. Belize is fantastic and once you leave the port area, I think you’ll find the same thing.
Belize is a tender port, due to the reefs off-shore. This is one of the longest tender ports that I have been on, about a 20 minute tender ride. It’s not horrible though.
Once you arrive at the Belize port, there’s not much inside the port area to see or do, but you can exit the port area into Belize City and shop.
There are also tours and excursion companies that will take you to see different attractions and do different activities. I personally always recommend David Castillo with AlTournative Belize Services (click the blog entry above to see our day with him).
There are lots of great things to see and do in Belize. Here are some of the top recommendations:
- See the Great Blue Hole
- Caye Caulker
- Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins)
- Placencia Peninsula
- Lamanai (Mayan Ruins)
- Altun Ha (Mayan Ruins)
- Belize Zoo
- Cocksomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (cave diving)
- Barton Creek Cave (cave diving)
- Cahal Pech (Mayan Ruins)
- Caracol (Mayan Ruins)
- Cave tubing
- Black Hole Drop
- Zip lining
- El Pilar (Mayan Ruins)
- Horseback riding
- Big Rock Waterfalls
- Thousand Foot Fall
- Frio Rio Cave
David Castillo can take you to pretty much every one of these places if you just tell him what you want.
Also, Belize is a very impoverished country so if you do use him as your guide, ask about taking supplies for the local schools. The schools there aren’t ran by the government and rather by churches and the communities. We took school supplies and got to meet the kids and teachers. It was a very cool experience.
Eating in Belize
Belize isn’t one of those places packed with restaurants like other ports. The restaurants that are around, I am not sure even have names.
We stopped at a local roadside eatery outside of Belize City and it did not even have a name. They serve local food which consisted of rice and beans as well as Ceviche. I did order a hamburger but I can assure you, it was not beef from a cow. Some of the top eateries in Belize City are
- Riverside Tavern
- Wet Lizard
- Bird’s Isle
- Celebrity Restaurant
- Tony’s BBQ
- The Sahara Grill
- The Little Boar House
- Midtown Restaurant & Bar