Belize Harbour Port of Call
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Belize City, the largest city in the nation of Belize, is also the main port, attracting cruise liners to its rugged jungle backdrop and amazing array of sights under surrounding tropic waters. Top attractions are divided between the sea and land and include snorkelling or diving over the beautiful Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world, and a visit to the Altun Ha, an excavated Mayan temple.
Belize Harbour itself is too shallow for cruise liners to dock at the city pier so ships anchor a surprising distance away from the city. Fast tenders transport passengers from the cruise liners to the Fort Street Tourism Village located directly in downtown Belize where most amenities can be found within three terminals.
Everything can be arranged from the Fort Street Tourism Village including flights or water taxis to the Cayes. Much of the desirable parts of Belize City are walkable although taxies are widely available just outside the Tourism Village. Fares should be agreed to beforehand to avoid unwelcomed charges.
The sights inside Belize City are limited except the Tourism Village shopping centre, but the largest nearby attraction is the second largest reef in the world making one of the best dive and snorkelling spots in the world, especially at Ambergris Caye and Placencia which are great for viewing old ship wrecks. Inland, several Mayan ruins are worth a visit, the best being Altun Ha, although for more fun, underground cave tubing and jungle treks are popular.
The Jerk Shack - Simple and delicious local jerked chicken.
Belamari at Seashore - International cuisine with a great view.
Taka Kitchen - Popular sushi spot, with a variety of Asian dishes.
Most the shopping is limited to the Front Street Tourism Village where a crafts market and shops spread over three terminals. There are a few shops downtown although many of the same goods are available in the Tourism Village.
The shopping is limited, but there are great local crafts on offer. Avoid items made from coral and sea turtle shell.
Explore Ambergris Caye.
Visit Goffe's Caye.
Trek Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
Peruse Xunantunich temples.