Western Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Dream
Port of Call: Belize City
This will be our fourth time to Belize. I think it’s valuable for everyone to visit this Country at least once. It’s not your typical Caribbean port of call.
The official language is English, the tour guides are extremely helpful, knowledgable and friendly, however the Country is poor. If you want beaches or to see authentic, rural Belize, you’ll want to rent a car or take an excursion.
Our first time to the Country, we took part in a planned ship excursion to the Altun Ha Mayan Site & River Wallace boat tour. This is highly recommended, educational and very enjoyable. The excursion leaves from the tourism village where your ship’s tender will drop you off.
On our second time to Belize on the Carnival Spendor, we did a self-guided walking tour of the city. Although we enjoyed it very much, I don’t think I’d recommend it to most tourists. You will need to be very aware of your surroundings and be prepared to put up with locals looking for hand-outs.
You will need to take a tender to the tourism village, which is about a 20 minute ride. The tourism village is simply a number of tourist shops. In itself, not worth the trip to the city.On the way to the Zoo in an air-conditioned coach, you will receive a very educational tour through the city and countryside.
We spent about 3 hours at the Zoo and were surprised and excited to see a Jaguar, Margay, Ocelot, Coati, Gibnut, Howler Monkey, Spider Monkey, Kinkanjou, Tapir and a variety of birds such as vultures, eagle and much much more.
The Zoo is situated upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 170 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. The Zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
You can learn more about the Belize Zoo here.
The Real Life Traveler | Cruise & Vacation Specialist
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