Caribbean Cruise Ship Destination

The islands of the Caribbean are located in a region southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.

Tropical Weather

Atlantic/Gulf Coast

All Clear for Cruisers

 

Eastern Pacific

All Clear for Cruisers

Belize Weather

 

Need to know

Hurricanes

Belize is situated in an area prone to hurricanes.  From June to November, the country may experience strong winds and rains as a result of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. 

In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, go to our  Tropical Storm Update page

Crime

Visitors should exercise caution and good judgment when visiting Belize. 

Crime can be a serious problem, particularly in Belize City and remote areas. 

Road accidents are common and traffic fatalities have included Americans. 

According to the U.S. State Department:

The incidence of crime, including violent crimes such as armed robbery, shooting, stabbing, murder, and rape, is on the rise.  The Embassy has noted an increase in recent years in reports of crimes against tourists at resorts and on the roadways and river ways.  The incidence of crimes such as theft, burglary, purse snatching and pick pocketing rises around the winter holidays and spring break.  Several victims who resisted when confronted by criminals have received serious personal injuries, including gunshot wounds.  Although the majority of reported incidents are in Belize City, crime occurs in all districts including tourist spots such as San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Placencia.

Medical Facilities

Medical care is limited and emergency response services such as ambulances or paramedics may be either unavailable or limited in capability or equipment.

Medical care for minor conditions is generally available in urban areas.  Trauma or advanced medical care is limited even in Belize City; it is extremely limited or unavailable in rural areas. 

Getting around  

Buses are frequently in poor condition and lack safety equipment.

Belize offers a tender service from Fort Street Pier to Belize City

The U.S. Embassy warns that boats serving the public, especially water taxis, often do not carry sufficient safety equipment, may carry an excess number of passengers and may sail in inclement weather.

Taxis:

An economical way to travel around the area. Operators await passengers just outside of the Tourism Village. Law requires that all tour guides and tour operators carry a valid license with photo ID.  

If traveling by taxi, use only vehicles with green license plates, do not get in a taxi that is occupied by more than the driver, and do not let the driver pick up additional fares.

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Belize

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Belize is located in Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico.  Belize.

Formerly the colony of British Honduras, Belize is the only country in Central America without a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Belize is the most sparsely populated nation in Central America. It is larger than El Salvador and compares in size to the State of Massachusetts. Belize is a developing country.  Tourism facilities vary in quality, from a limited number of business class hotels in Belize City and resorts on the cayes to a range of ecotourism lodges and very basic accommodations in the countryside.

Good to Know

Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992.

Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy.
Belize is the most sparsely populated nation in Central America. It is larger than El Salvador and compares in size to the State of Massachusetts. Slightly more than half of the population lives in rural areas.

Port of Entry

Passengers will transfer to the Fort Street Pier using high speed catamaran ferries to the Village in Belize City featuring three terminals with courtyards containing over fifty stores, restaurants, snack shops, an internet cafe, banks and live entertainment on cruise ship days.  Watch our video on YouTube of the Belize Tender Experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15GobubZHws

Time Zone

CST (UTC/GMT - 6)

Map Coordinates

17 15 N, 88 45 W

Average Temperatures

Water: 84°- Summer; 75°- Winter

Air: 88°- Summer; 77°- Winter

Things to do and see

The National Handicraft Center

Near Memorial Park supports local artisans from around the country offering a variety of items.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

A 128,000-acre bowl of pristine rainforest, winding rivers, and scenic waterfalls southwest of Dangriga. Easy access to the barrier reef, only a half hour from shore. Popular with snorkelers, divers and anglers.

St. John's Cathedral

Located on the south end of Albert Street and is the oldest building in Belize.

Five Blues Lake National Park

Located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Home of Karstic Lake - a Cenote that started to drain in 2006 and has since lost considerable amounts of water.

Old Belize Cultural and Historic Center

Located near Cucumber Beach on Western Highway, Mile 5

Baron Bliss Lighthouse Monument

Located at Ft. George at the harbor entrance.

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Mayan Ruins

Caracol Mayan Site

Tallest man made structure in Belize standing 140 ft. (44M) tall located in the Cayo district.

Xunantunich  Mayan Site

Second tallest Mayan ruin (130 ft. 40M) in Belize located in the Cayo district. Offers scenic views of Cayo district and Guatemala. Major Mayan ceremonial site.

Altun Ha Mayan Site

Altun Ha Mayan Site

Located in the Belize district - thirty one miles north of Belize City. Functioned as a ceremonial center vital trading point with other Mayan centers. Altun Ha, meaning 'water of the rock', basks in the historic glory of being the most discovered Mayan site in Belize.

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

ATM is a cave in, near San IgnacioCayo District, notable as a Mayaarchaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas of skeletal remains in the main chamber. The best-known is "The Crystal Maiden", the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrifice victim, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance. Note: As of May 4, 2012, cameras are no longer permitted at this site.

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Scuba Diving

Belize Barrier Reef

Extends 180 miles (290km).

Turneffe Atoll

The Elbow at Turneffe's southern tip drops off at an intersection of currents creating a spectacular wall dive.

The Blue Hole

Measures one thousand feet in diameter and 450 feet deep.

There are reef and bull sharks at this popular dive site. St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park.

Cave Tubing

Float down the Sibun River accessible by a 45 minute hike along a rainforest path or tube down Cave Branch River.

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Area Events

La Ruta Maya Challenge

La Ruta Maya, meaning the Mayan Route, is a four-day canoe race which starts from San Ignacio and ends in Belize City. Annual event in March.

Baron Bliss Day

The Baron was a wealthy Englishman who inherited his title from Portugal. Annual event in March.

Belize Independence Day

Cultural, religious and sporting activities take place on Independence Day in Belize. Annual event in September.

Garifuna Settlement Day

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrates the arrival of the first Garifuna in Belize. Annual event in November

St. George's Caye Day (National Day)

September 10th. George's celebrates and commemorates a battle in 1798 when the Spanish were defeated. Carnivals, sporting activities, fire engine parade, and pop concerts are held several days prior to the event.

 

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