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Explore Belize

This tropical paradise promises adventure, both onshore and off. Crystalline rivers flow through impressive lowland jungles, home to a myriad of rare wildlife. Silky sand beaches, waving palms and colorful coral gardens are just part of Belize's natural wonders. Whether mountain biking through a lush rainforest or snorkeling with sharks, you'll experience things you've only imagined.

  • The Cayo District is where you’ll find an impressive system of underground rivers and caves. 
  • Old Belize is about as Belizey as it gets, featuring natural and man-made history.
  • The highest elevation in Belize is called Doyle’s Delight — named for author Sir Conan Doyle.


Things To Do

Local Attractions

From ancient Maya temples to unspoiled coral atolls to lush rainforest, Belize is a vivid place to visit. Supporting an exquisitely balanced ecosystem, this little Central American nation is alive with electric color and exotic birdcalls, its coastline traced by a shimmering coral reef. Cruise to Belize to play in this watery wonderland and see nature at its most vibrant.

  • See exotic flowers and wild monkeys in tropical forests nearby.
  • Relax in the easygoing villages on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Hol Chan or Turneffe Atoll.
  • Explore the historic harbor district of Belize City, the country’s capital.
  • Discover ancient Maya temple mounds and ruins.

Fun Facts

  • Offshore of Belize is the wondrous Blue Hole, a massive cobalt-blue ocean sinkhole first discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1972. The hole is actually a 153,000 year-old cave filled with ocean water.
  • Belize is the only Central American country with a British colonial heritage.
  • Belize City is a multicultural melting pot, home to Creoles, Chinese, East Indians, and immigrants from Central and South America.

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

Passengers disembark in Belize City at the Fort Street Tourism Village, where you can stroll the wooden waterfront boardwalk, shop in outdoor stores or the air-conditioned mall, and have a bite to eat. The historic harbor district right around the pier is small and quaint, and the Fort George Lighthouse is just a short stroll away.

Beyond the Port Area

A visit to the country’s Maya ruins via Altun Ha Mayan Site & River Wallace excursion will be one of the highlights of your Carnival cruise to Belize. On Lamanai grounds there are more than 700 temple structures, most still buried beneath mossy mounds. The area is littered with crocodile carvings—“Lamania” means “submerged crocodile” in ancient Mayan. A major ceremonial center during the classic Maya period, Xunantunich lies near the Guatemalan border. An excursion with Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Lunch lets you explore six major plazas surrounded by temples and palaces, including El Castillo. A climb to the top rewards with an amazing panoramic view.

Beyond the Port

Animal enthusiasts can head to the Community Baboon Sanctuary which is committed to preserving the habitat of black howler monkeys (known locally as baboons). The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, nearby, is a haven for more than 360 species of birds; the Belize Zoo & City Tour excursion helps you learn about the indigenous animal of Belize, as well as view an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles, and birds in large, airy enclosures. Or, discover the natural beauty with Bacab Eco Park Horseback Safari, and look for Black Howler Monkeys, parrots, iguanas and more. The nation’s largest islands, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, are low-key charmers and ideal jumping-off points for exploring the barrier reef. Sergeant’s Cay Snorkel Adventure takes you over to Belize’s world famous barrier reef and to a remote manatee research station for snorkeling.

Beaches in Belize

Caribbean Beaches

Belize beaches tend to be short spurts of sand tucked between mangrove forests and the Caribbean Sea. Sail with Barrier Reef Snorkeling & Island Beach Break excursion to see colorful tropical fish and spend some time relaxing or playing on the beach. Other areas great for sunbathing are in the cayes and on the mainland to the south in Dangriga and Placencia

Shopping in Belize

Caribbean Shopping

In general, the best buys on Carnival cruises to Belize are wooden and slate carvings, Maya calendars, pottery, ceramics, and furniture made by local Mennonites. At the pier, the Tourism Village has shops specializing in local souvenirs such as mahogany bowls, jewelry, clothes, assorted carvings, and artwork.

Travel Tips

TRAVEL TIPS

  • English is the official language of Belize.
  • The Belize dollar (BZ) has a fixed exchange rate of BZ$2 = US$1. Most establishments, as well as taxis and vendors on the street, take U.S. dollars.
  • Belize enjoys a subtropical climate, with an average temperature of 79 degrees. Pack for warm days and balmy evenings.
  • Belize cruises anchor offshore and tender passengers on high-speed boats to the Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City.