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


For this excursion we actually went directly through Carnival. Some of us decided on cave tubing and others chose snorkeling so the group will be split up today. We went through Carnival this time because on all the excursions you have to travel away from the port and if you book from Carnival and the tour is late the ship will have to wait for you. This is a tendered port but since we booked directly through Carnival we did not have to get a ticket to get off. Our time to report to the auditorium was 7:30am. That was an early wake up time! We all ate breakfast and arrived on time. Can’t say we were all in the best moods but we made it and we were ready for an adventure. Roatan and Belize ... read more
Getting gear on
Headlamp check
Ready to tube

We arrived in Belize albeit a day later than the original itinerary. So, where or what is Belize? It wouldn’t exactly jump out at you on the shelf of a travel agent as an alternative for Benidorm or Ibiza!! Belize, formerly British Honduras, is an independent Commonwealth country on the eastern coast of Central America. It is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. Its mainland is about one hundred and eighty miles long and sixty eight miles wide. Belize has a population of 387,879. To put it in to perspective, the country is smaller than Djibouti but bigger than El Salvador. It is ranked 151st biggest in the world!! (or 33rdsmallest depending if you’re a glass half empty sort of a ... read more
Roisin surrounded by the MSC chocolateers
Welcome to Belize
The small marina in Belize city

I've wanted to visit Belize for longer than I can remember, but I can't remember why! I'm sure there was something that made it stand out to me all those years ago. One of the added appeals now was that not that many people visit. It's often missed from backpacking tours for being too expensive, but I was very excited to get here and explore! I didn't really know what to expect, and how the food and culture would vary from Mexico, but I also didn't want to research too much as that would ruin the surprise! I can say I've been very pleasantly surprised! As soon as we crossed the border the landscape seemed to change, which was strange. We were greeted with fields of sugarcane, a far cry from the endless cacti driving through ... read more
Wrapping up from the breeze
Important information as it's hurricane season
The very friendly turtle

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We were up early to pack and leave Caye Caulker on the water taxi to Belize City. Whilst it was a bit windy, it was nice and sunny and we got great views of the islands we passed, including one that was just a house on stilts! We arrived at Belize City to be greeted by lots of little shops people trying to sell us long distance express buses. If you wanted to get to Guatemala, it'd be no problem. As I was, we were quite keen on an express, air conditioned bus (we're not really adventurous when faced with a more comfortable bus!) and took one of them up on the offer. This saved us the walk to the bus station with our big bags, which we were able to leave. We had couple of ... read more

Belize and Guatemela are both distinctive and most fun destinations to travel. They're both similar in terms of Mayan History. They have a lot of Mayan ruins and have similar relationships in history's past. To know more information, you should take a history class that focuses on Mayan Civilization. I did a 7 day Western Carribean Cruise and I was lucky I got the opportunity to see Mayan Ruins in Guatemala and Belize. I traveled to the location Winter 2014 Beginning. It was a lot of fun. I loved it so much. I got up in the morning on my Interior Cabin, ate breakfast, waited for my family to depart the ship to the excursions where I've always wanted to go. I was very lucky I was safe. I was never worried about what would happened. ... read more

Ik heb mijn eerste nachtje Belize overleefd. Heb net 12 uur geslapen, en dat was ook wel nodig. We zijn gisteren opgehaald op het vliegveld door twee mensen van het instituut. Die hebben ons naar een hotel gebracht en daarna de stad en het instituut laten zien. Er waren niet veel mensen aanwezig, maar iedereen tot nu toe is super vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Ze zijn alleen moeilijk te verstaan soms :P Ook hebben we een eigen kantoor met airco! Maar gelukkig kunnen we nog een paar dagen rondkijken en wennen, want we hoeven maandag pas te beginnen met werk. We zitten in het schattige hotelletje the Bakadeer (ook met airco gelukkig). Gisteren wilden we wat gaan eten en toen heeft de hotel vrouw noodles voor ons gemaakt, vet lief. Daarna zijn we een beetje rond gaan ... read more

Second leg: Flores (Guatemala) to Belize On Thursday 7 we caught the 5am bus from Flores and travelled east to Belize. The bus was 20 minutes late leaving Flores but despite this we arrived at the border between Guatemala and Belize within about an hour and a half. We had to write our names on a register and at the border everybody had to go through border control (for an entry stamp), immigration and customs with their suitcases/ checked luggage. We had to show our passports at border control to receive an entry stamp and then we had to walk about 50m to another building to pass through immigration and customs. The process was ok but we had to show our passports again for another entry stamp, but this one has a date of when we ... read more

Geo: 17.4977, -88.1867Did you know that Belize is the only Central American nation that has English as it's official language? I didn't either. And Belize is a fairly new country - I think they were established in 1981; the people are proud to be Belizians. This is our last port and guess what we have planned? Snorkeling! LOL. We are taking a Princess snorkeling excursion and it is leaving EARLY. So early in fact that yesterday we brought food down from the buffet to have breakfast in our cabin this morning. We knew we'd be on the go and have already packed our snorkeling gear and bag. Ours is one of the first groups off the boat. This is the only port where we have to be tendered in to shore, which means we leave our ... read more
The tender
Underwater beauty
Coral stand

I stumbled upon Belize truly by accident. I was looking for somewhere to escape to for the weekend and Belize appeared. I wanted a warm place with about three hours or less of flying time. Belize is only about 2 ½ hours from takeoff to touch down. Belize is a small country in Central America, no larger than the state of Massachusetts with only about 330,000 people residing there. It has a Caribbean feel and a culture all of its own. I stayed in the Ramada Princess Resort and Spa. Although we had a standard room it was rather comfortable. All of the rooms face the ocean and you are greeted with a wonderful sunrise every morning. After watching the sunrise, you can stroll down to the restaurant for a buffet breakfast, packed with some Belizean ... read more
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