Port of Call Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize Cruise Ship at anchor in Belize City bay. Ships anchor up to 5 miles off the coast, due to shallow waters. The tender ride into the Tourism Village dock takes about 20 minutes. Belize is known the world over for its superb scuba diving, and the adventurous passenger can go on a snorkeling trip to catch a glimpse of the amazing sea-life on the offshore reefs.
Where do cruise ships dock in Belize City (or tender) @ googlemaps  Belize Tourism Village Tender Pier

5 Things To Do In Belize City For Cruisers

Belize City doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Belize City First settled by shipwrecked British sailors as far back as 1683, Belize has become a city busy with people and traffic. Old colonial buildings mingled with modern architecture give Old Belize a unique Caribbean charm. Government House, built in 1812, is often called the finest colonial building in Belize. Also visit the Museum, a prison in former times, to see a history of Belize's culture and traditions. Another idea is the zoo, where you'll be introduced to Belize's colorful and characterful animal inhabitants.

Starfish Island Starfish Island Starfish Island (old name Bannister Island) is a small private island situated 9 miles south east of Belize city. You'll find a lovely white sand beach, with a good range of facilities, including restaurant, bar, restrooms, and beach hire.

Lamanai Mayan Ruins Lamanai Mayan Ruins The Lamanai Mayan Ruins form the third largest, but perhaps most interesting, archaeological site in Belize. The temple complex sits atop the western bluff of the New River Lagoon and is surrounded by pristine rain-forest. Climb atop the largest temple (very steep steps!) for wonderful views of the surrounding hills and jungle. The ruins are a long 2 hour coach/boat ride away from the Tourism Village.

Caves Branch Caves Branch After reaching the Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve you'll walk for 30 minutes through the Belize Rain Forest and then through a couple dry caves until you come to the opening of the first cave through which the underground Sibun Caves river flows. Jump into your tube and prepare yourself for some very exciting cave tubing - but not for the frail (one passenger once died!). Caves Branch is about 60 miles south west from Belize city.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Hol Chan Marine Reserve The Hol Chan Marine Reserve (Hol Chan is Mayan for Little Channel) is situated between Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye on Belize's famous barrier reef. The Reserve has a host of amazing reef life, with large shoals of jacks, barracuda, groupers, and snappers. Be sure to pick an excursion that includes the short plane flight from Belize to Ambergris Caye, as this is by far the quickest way to reach the Reserve.

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