Central America / Belize

Belize

Language English, Spanish
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Currency Belize Dollar (BZD), US Dollar (USD)
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One of the smallest wonder of Central America

Belize is the second smallest nation in Central America, but it has a surprisingly unique variety of valuable ecosystems. From the second largest coral reef in the world, to the jungles of the rain-forest, without forgetting some of the most important Mayan archaeological areas.

Furthermore, the culture of the place is half Caribbean and half Spanish. By bringing together the different cultures of Kriols, Garifunas, Maya and the Spanish in one place. The result is a beautiful and colorful culture that will make you appreciate even more the tasty food, the beautiful music and the practices of this different country.

Inserted between Guatemala and Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the eastern side. This country has everything you could ask for and it’s no wonder it has become such a popular destination on Western Caribbean cruise itineraries.

What to see & what to do

Belize is a paradise for diving and snorkeling, with the second world largest barrier in the Western Hemisphere. But the wonders of the Caribbean Sea aren't only for those who want to be underwater. Protected areas include more than half of Belize and with the abundance of flora and fauna, making excursions a perfect way to experience other form of natural beauty.

Beaches

Caye Caulker Beach

Caye Caulker is a small limestone island. It is accessible with a 45 minutes water taxi ride from the cruise terminal. Above all, the island swears by the motto "Go Slow": living slowly and peacefully. It's now a popular destination for backpackers and other tourists. We consider it a small Caribbean Paradise.

Rendezvous Cay Beach

Enjoy a scenic boat ride to this Hemisphere’s largest Barrier Reef and a beautiful private tropical island that lies on top of the reef and offers the finest snorkeling in Belizean waters.

Star Fish Island (Bannister Caye)

It takes a 30 min boat ride to arrive to this small private island. Only organized excursions are accessing it, departing either from the ship or from the tender dock. Bannister Caye has great beach with lounging, hammocks, good food and drinks. And of course the sea stars are beautiful. Bring some cash since several additional services have fees.

Park & Landmarks

Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archeological Reserve

1 hour car from the cruise port. Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve is located close to Belmopan City and offers different kind of amazing activities. It has a wide network limestone cave system, which is very popular for its cave-tubing, zipline and jungle atv. The Caves Branch River flows through nineteen caves, providing ideal conditions for floating through on a inner tube or allowing for exploration of side passages that leads to other caves, such as the spectacular Crystal Cave.

Snorkelling

Coral Gardens in Caye Caulker Island

A 45-minute boat ride takes you to the Island, plus another short boat ride to reach the Garden. This is the main place where snorkelling tours are organized and available if arriving with a cruise ship for a day stay, departing directly from the terminal. Caye Caulker Island is 5 miles in length and 1 mile in width, located right in front of the 185 miles Belize Barrier Reef! This is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The water is crystal clear and you’ll be able to see beautiful coral formations like elkhorn, staghorn and pencil coral flourishing in amongst yellow sponges and purple sea fans.

Goff's Caye

30 min boat ride from the tender pier. Goff's Caye is a little tiny island perfect for families or to snorkel at any level of experience. The coral reef surrounds the island just a few feet from the beach. Usually snorkel gear is equipped but you'r welcome to bring your own too. If you accompany somebody snorkeling and you want just to relax, the beach here is great as well.

Animal Encounter

Shark Ray Alley in Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker Island is an absolute treasure in the Central America. Other than being right in front of the 185 miles Belize Barrier Reef, it gives the opportunity to swim with harmless stingrays and nurse sharks. They are perfectly accustomed to humans and not aggressive. The water in not deep and you can either decide to swim or stand.

Family

Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center

40 min by car from the tender pier. The Belize Zoo exhibit over 200 animal of over 45 species, all native to Belize. The Zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. It has become the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focused on wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education. (belizezoo.org)

Cave Tubing and zipline

At the Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, 1 hour car from the cruise port. With a bit of spelunking, intriguing cave pipes, mind-blowing zip lines through the rainforest canopy and lots of adrenaline, this cave pipe and boundless zipline hike has emotions for everyone. After a short walk through the imposing Cohune Palms, you will soon find yourself standing on the edge of a limestone cliff that serves as a springboard for your adventure.

Goff's Caye

30 min boat ride from the tender pier. Goff's Caye is a little tiny island perfect for families or to snorkel at any level of experience. The coral reef surrounds the island just a few feet from the beach. Usually snorkel gear is equipped but you'r welcome to bring your own too. If you accompany somebody snorkeling and you want just to relax, the beach here is great as well.

History & Culture

Altun Ha Mayan Temple

Altun Ha means "rock stone Water". This Mayan Tomb Acropolis Temple was occupied from about B.C. 900 to A.D. 1000. The Maya temples in Belize are some of the best Mayan ruins throughout Central America. The ancient Maya flourished in this area and created sprawling city with extraordinary commercial channels running from north to south and from east to west. Their size was ended, but left magnificent remains of what was once a great empire.

Lamanai Archeological Reserve

It's located about 1 hour car form the tender port, plus a river safari boat ride required which will enrich this unique experience. During the trip the tour guide provides history and culture summary. Lamanai was occupied as early as the 16th century BC, lasting for three millennia, until the Spanish and British colonization in the 20th century. Lamanai was once one of the biggest city of the Maya civilization.

The Museum of Belize

The Museum of Belize is a museum of art and history. Located in Belize City, this museum was built between 1854 and 1857 while the Belize was still under British rule and initially served as a prison. It was later transformed into The Museum of Belize in 2002. The museum is divided into three sections: history, exhibitions and activities. The Museum of Belize is committed to providing inclusive history and learning experiences of the history and culture of Belize.

Xunantunich Maya Archeological Site

This ancient Mayan site is the most distant with a 2 hour trip (about 70miles away from the tender port). It's a long bus ride, but the guide makes it very entertaining. You will have the chance to climb the pyramid and enjoyed the view. Xunantunich Maya Archeological Site was a civic ceremonial center in the Late Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. At this time, when the region was at its peak, nearly 200,000 people lived in Belize. Xunantunich means "Sculpture of Lady" in the ancient mayan language. The "Stone Woman" refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site.

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When the government legislated the indefinite moratorium against offshore oil exploration in 2017, it meant continued protection for Belize's invaluable marine resources. ⁣

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Belize Re-opens tomorrow! Does anyone have plans to come in before the end of the year?

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Weather

The best time to visit Belize is from Late November to mid April. The county has the characteristics of subtropical climate. Like all the Caribbean, there are two seasons also here. Mainly temperatures and humidity are high all year round, with little variations based on seasons. Mean rainfalls vary depending throughout the country. Belize City has a mean rainfall of 75 inches, while in the south it reaches up to 175 inches!. The dry period generally goes from January to April/May. Wet season with more rainy days is from May to November. From September to December instead, cold fronts are more likely to come from north, bringing cool and dry air.

Dry season

Dry season

From December to April, mostly sunny and fresh. The best period to sail in Caribbean. This is a cooler time with comfortable temperatures and not excessive humidity.

87°F 68°F

Wet season

Wet season

From May to November, warmer season with more frequent rains. From June till September is the hurricane season. The last one to hit hard the country was in 2000.

90°F 72°F

Good to know

 

  1. Clothing Belize is a very casual country. You'll live in tee-shirts, shorts, loose-fitting slacks and shirts.
  2. Water Shoes Bring them if you go to swim or snorkel. Some of the water can be rocky after you walk from the beach.
  3. Sundries For convenience and cost concerns, bring your own everyday health and beauty products with you.
  4. Port Regulation Be aware that often in port it's forbidden to take off the ship fruits, vegetables and unsealed food items for local agricolture concern.
  5. Time Zone CST (Central Standard Time) UTC/GMT -6 hours. No DST changes. Make sure to keep the ship's time on your clock to come back board on time. Be aware of automatic changes of your smartphones.
  6. Currency The Belize Dollar is Belize's official currency. The exchange rate is fixed at 2 Belize Dollar per 1 US Dollar

Terminal

Some of the major cruise lines that visit this port include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise lines, Princess and Celebrity Cruises. Due to the shallow waters of Belize City’s harbor, cruise ships visiting this port of call are forced to anchor a few miles away, rendering it necessary to be tendered to the port.

Remind

Do not worry though as the tendering is done on speedy boats that have you at the port within 20 minutes.

The port ushers you into the tourist village, that is created to offer a tourist ambiance to cruisers such as yourself. It features common tourist shopping sites like diamond internationals and Del Sol. There are restaurants and bars present at the port as well. That offer a true Belizean experience to those of you who would rather hang around the port. All excursions start from this place.

 

Transport

Common forms of transportation for getting around in Belize are buses, taxis, car rentals and water taxis.

  • Taxi Cab – In Belize, taxi cabs are an affordable transit options and are more prevalent than buses. You can find them parked at bus station, water taxi terminals and downtown throughout Belize.
  • Buses – Traveling by bus is a great way to save money and experience the local culture. In fact, bus travel is the cheapest way to get around Belize.
  • Water Taxis – The most affordable way to travel to the popular destination of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, as well as to St. George’s Caye. There are two water taxi companies in Belize City.

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