Western Caribbean Destinations: Belize
Do you feel like you’ve been visiting the same Caribbean cruise ports over and over? Perhaps it’s time to look into a small ship experience, which will allow you to visit less-frequented small ports where the big ships simply don’t fit, or to select an itinerary that is sailed less frequently and visits unusual ports.
There’s no shortage of idyllic islands to discover within the Caribbean, which is why it’s a good idea to tackle this sun-soaked destination by region. The Western Caribbean islands feature white-sand beaches, optimal snorkeling conditions, and year-round sunshine.
If you’ve decided to head to the Western Caribbean countries, you still may be wondering what islands and cities to visit. Should you spend time in Cozumel or focus your trip on the Cayman Islands? Let’s talk about Belize.
For an exotic vacation as active as it is beachy, plan a trip to Belize, generally considered the southernmost destination in the Western Caribbean. Belize cruise port is a growing attraction among cruise-goers with over 200 ships now visiting this small Caribbean country yearly. With more than twice its population visiting the port, it’s evident that Belize is truly a special place.
Lamanai Mayan Ruins
While mainland Belize is part of Central America, it has a few islands off the coast for travelers who want to squeeze in a perfect tropical beach day, too.
Start your adventure in Belize a visit to the Lamanai Mayan Ruins located deep within the Belize jungle, which was once the heart of the Mayan empire. The remains at Lamanai are roughly 3,500 years old and include multiple buildings that were used for different purposes, such as a sacrificial altar, various temples, and excavated mounds that surely hold more secrets.
The most exciting way to reach Lamani is on a riverboat. If you’re an adventurous type, try to book a tour that includes a quick river tour along the way.
If you’re less of a history buff and more of a nature enthusiast, head instead to Belize’s Crystal Caves. Since the caves are partially filled with water, you’ll start your journey by floating deep into the caverns on an innertube (with headlamps, of course.)
Then, explore the cave on foot and marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites while learning about how Mayans once used the cave. It’s a fantastic adventure but perhaps best avoided if you’re claustrophobic.
Because Belize can certainly get hot, you’ll want to spend some time in the water, too. Fortunately, it’s one of the Western Caribbean countries along the Meso-American Reef, the second-largest coral reef in the world. Travelers can scuba dive on the reef or take a boat tour to snorkel on a few different sites known for healthy populations of fish, sea turtles, rays, sharks, and more.
If you mostly care about the beach but still want to sneak in a little snorkeling, head to Caye Caulker or Starfish Island, which are both accessible by tours or ferries from Belize City. These islands have some of the best beaches in Belize, excellent snorkeling from the shore, and a handful of beach bars to ensure you’re never too far from a fresh tropical cocktail.
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