Blogs from Belize City, Belize District, Belize, Central America Caribbean

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After a stop at the lovely island of Roatan we continued inside the Barrier Reef up to Belize City. Roatan was lush, green and not overcrowded. I had not realized that there would be that many hills, I had thought it would be flatter and drier, but it was really quite nice. The cruise ship had their own private cove that we backed into and it was surprising even as narrow and small as this little bay was that we managed to fit in there. We spent a very relaxing day just lounging at the beach, drinking beer and listening to a very good live entertainer playing great reggae and beach tunes. Jane and I couldn't really remember how long it has been since we really just vegged out at the beach. Belize City was older ... read more
Belize River
Mayan Ruins
Bertram


I couldn’t imagine myself on a cruise but never say never and when a package with a cruise sort of dropped into my lap back in December and the rain kept falling and Suzanne and I still had time to do some travelling together we thought “yes let’s do it”. A flights sale in January had us picking up a bargain and so it was we flew off to Tampa on a not too full flight even bagging 3 seats each so lots of space to lie down on the 9+hour flight. A good night’s sleep in a nearby hotel and the next day we were on a shuttle bus to the port. As complete novices to cruising we had no idea what to expect ( we are ... read more
Day 1 Tampa Bay
Day 4 Belize (2)
Day 3 Roatan (17)


Doing most of my travels in Asia, I didn't expect at all to get out of a bus in Belize City, without getting loitered by hundreds of Taxi drivers and ferry-ticket sellers. But no one seemed to be interested in our arrival on this colourful painted wooden Bus terminal. “Its not supposed to cost more than five US for a taxi to the harbour” our Israelian mate Ian says. I nod “allright” not feeling like bargaining at 7 am, after a night in a Bus and a border crossing full of negotiations with Mexican customs at 5 in the morning. We were all sure that they cant charge us 30 US to get out of the country, but well, they could. At least the Belizians didn't charge us any money to get into theirs, but did ... read more


What a day! Waking up in not one, but two strange beds in the same 24 hour period is new. Our last few days were hectic, getting the apartment cleaned out for inspection and making sure we didn't leave anything undone before the plane took us away. Yesterday, Saturday, was a bit of a respite since we spent the day with Eya's parents after spending the night. We got through the last of our goodbyes and drove to the airport for the mandatory safety groping so the terrorists don't win, then got on a plane or three. Airports are a blur, always uncomfortable, slower than you wish and more rushed than you wish at the same time. 5PM Pacific through 9 AM Belize local time were waiting in line, failing to fall asleep, and the unexpected ... read more


Tuesday 16/10/12 – Our first night in Belize was everything that we expected: hot, noisy and exhausting. We awoke when the sun rose as our room had no curtains – and trust me it rises early here (they don’t observe daylight savings). We walked up to the local dive shop which backs on to the main river of Belize City. Seeing the city in the morning at high tide is really something special. The ocean is right at the edge of the road and at people’s door steps. The city is situated right at sea level and apparently when it rains at high tide the water doesn’t run off into the ocean so people get around in canoes! The city is intertwined with over 200 canals which are always full of water and rubbish. The city ... read more
Waterhole where cave tubing began
Denroy and Kenz cruising down the river
Waterfall inside the cave

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We took the early morning ferry from Ambergis Caye to Belize and dozed on the ferry. From the ferry terminal we took a taxi (unmarked, like they all are in Belize) to the bus station. Belize city was really run down. It had the same wooden houses on stilts with timber frontages whose paint was faded and peeling, just like in Hopkins, but here, some looked like they were about to fall down. We didn't see any shops, just people selling clothes by hanging them on fences and selling bits and pieces by the sides of the roads, none of which were tarmacked. To be honest, after hearing about how dangerous it could be, Hannah and I felt a little intimidated and were happy to only be passing through. The bus station, a corrugated iron and ... read more


Belize is gorgeous, very flat, very tropical. I had been here before and done the snorkle thing, as well as another trip doing the jungle thing, so decided to do the educational thing this time to the Lamanai Ruins, deep in the jungle by boat. My shore excursion left at 8:05 from the lounge, then a 45 minute tender wait was figured into the tour time of 7.5 hours, leaving us just enough time to catch the last tender back to the ship (a 15 minute ride). We boarded the "air conditioned bus" for an hour drive north, about as far as the paved road goes in Belize, to the Old Belize river. A nice Palapa had been built to begin these boat trips to Lamanai, a major archaeological site discovered & excavated by a Canadian ... read more


Belize was a simple day for us. We took the 5 mile tender from the ship to the mainland. For those who have never cruised – this happens in areas where there either isn’t a port big enough for the ship – or there never will be a port big enough for any cruiseship because of the water/land conditions. In this case, there is a coral reef that Belize is famous for. Obviously, destroying it in the name of capitalism isn’t an option! We walked around the port for a little bit before stopping into the Wet Lizard for a drink and snack. They fundraise by letting people write on the walls with markers and the establishment was started by an Atlanta gal who moved to Belize some 15 years ago with her family/children. She ... read more
Wet Lizard
Cheers!
Carnival Legend


K- Antigua is generally regarded as the jewel in Guatemala's crown and the "must see" City. However when we arrived there on Sunday we didn’t really take to it - although very pretty the main square was packed with tourists, there were 4 high-end coffee shops on the square alone and we found it a little Disney. However, since then we have explored the side streets and the local market and we have both changed our minds. There is a good mix of real life and tourist comforts and lots of great food and we are considering re-visiting it at the end of the trip in order to attend Spanish school and then perhaps travel through S America. Lots of time to decide that though! Whilst in Guatemala we also spent 3 nights at Lago de ... read more
Sweet!
Lake Atitlan - Santa Cruz Laguna
View from Santa Pedro dock - Lake Atitlan


Right so, the last laugh is on me I suppose. In my last entry I left it trying to make you all feel massively jealous that I was about to go Whale Shark diving but alas it wasn't to be. We booked with this feller named Phillipe and everything appeared to be leggit. Got a nice early night for the early get up and were happily waiting at the pick up point at 7am. By the time we got to 7:30 and no one had arrived we getting a bit worried but we had his phone number and so we gave him a call to which he did answer to tell us that unfortunately we wouldn't be going to on our trip because our good man Phillipe and his partner had spent the night in prison ... read more




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