As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore. If more ships are anchored at the same time, try to get one of the first tenders as things might get busy.
All passengers disembark at cruise terminal docks in Belize's Tourism Village. It has a collection of gift shops, restaurants, and tour operators along the harbor. Small and OK for an hour or so, not a destination in itself.
Norwegian Cruise Line and the Government of Belize are reported to be moving forward in a major multimillion dollar project to bring Norwegian ships to Belize with a dedicated facility. See Harvest Caye, which is about 105 miles south of Belize City.
Printable map to take along on the cruise.
Cruise calendar for this port.
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Belize is blessed with a multitude of natural attractions, from:
Belize City’s downtown hub is compact and easy to navigate on foot. However, the city has a rather nasty reputation for being unsafe for visitors, and you’d be wise to stick to the busiest sections of downtown and obvious tourist districts.
All taxis in Belize are licensed and easily identifiable by their green number plates. They operate from special ranks in the center of all mainland towns and, particularly in Belize City, drivers will call out to anyone they suspect is a foreigner. There are no meters, so you'll need to establish the fare in advance, though within the towns a US$2.50 fixed rate should apply. Hourly rates are negotiable but expect to pay around $35 per hour.
Get off your ship as early as you can to catch a Water Taxi to Caye Caulker. Tours ara offered to San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Research the Water Taxi times before you go on the cruise and note that Belize time is an hour earlier than ship time. You can use the same taxi both ways or one each way, whatever works best to get back to ship on time. Give yourself at least an hour to get back.
Once at Caye Caulker proceed to the Split and set up camp at the Lazy Lizard. Lots of cold drinks at awesome prices. From there you can walk the Island to see the sights and have lunch. A very relaxing and stress-free day. The water taxi will cost between 15 and 20 per person for round trip.
If you are looking for things to do in Belize, Cave Tubing should be on the top of your list. There is no other country or island in all of the Western Caribbean and perhaps in the entire world that offers anything quite like this.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here
The largest of the cayes, Ambergris Caye , draws more than half of all tourists to Belize, their main destination being the resort town of San Pedro . To the south, Caye Caulker is the most popular of the islands amongst independent travelers. Many of the less developed cayes are becoming easier to reach, and organized trips are available to the atolls of Lighthouse Reef and Glover's Reef
Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 170 animals, representing 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.
The Tourism Village is the city's main shopping area with a variety of stores, shops and restaurants. The city's downtown area and the Marine Terminal are about five minutes away on foot, and there's always a line of taxis waiting adjacent to the Tourism Village.
Since the cruise ships are such a big market for local merchants, many adjust their hours to specifically coincide with cruise-ship traffic and their particular shore times.
Seafood is almost always excellent. Red snapper or grouper is invariably fantastic, and you might also try a barracuda steak, conch fritters or a plate of fresh (though usually farmed) shrimp . In San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia the food can be exceptional, and the only concern is that you might get bored with lobster , which is served in an amazing range of dishes: pasta with lobster sauce, lobster and scrambled eggs, lobster chow mein or even lobster curry.
Belizean dollar (exchange rate is roughly $2 Belize to $1 U.S.
US dollars are accepted everywhere. Be sure you get change in U.S. currency
English is Belize's official language.
The "Click & Sip" Internet Cafe is located inside the Belize Tourism Village
It's difficult to be specific about opening hours in Belize but in general most shops are open 8am-noon and 1-8pm. The lunch hour - noon to 1pm - is almost universally observed and it's hopeless trying to get anything done then. Some shops and businesses work a half-day on Saturday, and everything is liable to close early on Friday.A listing of the public and national holidays in Belize.
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