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When your Caribbean cruise itinerary includes a port of call at the Central American country that’s neatly wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, and that sports a coastline on the Caribbean Sea, you’ll find a wealth of Belize City shore excursions that offer incredible land and sea adventures, including guided tours to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Belize.
Combine water-sport fun with active adventuring on Belize City cruise excursions that offer a chance to soar above the verdant Belize rainforest canopy on a zip-line course. See tropical birds and Howler monkeys at eye level as you fly from platform to platform. Then, explore the mysterious and magnificent Crystal Caves, admiring the stalagmites and stalactites as you drift through the caves in your personal inner tube.
For great beach-day escapes, book Belize City shore excursions that will take you to a secluded barrier island to swim with sharks and stingrays. Set within the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the world’s second largest, you’ll visit the delightful fishing village of Caye Caulker. With professional marine guides, gear up to snorkel and swim among the sharks and gentle stingrays while on your cruise to Belize. Learn about the ecological importance of the reefs as you admire the intricate coral formations. Afterward, sink your toes in the soft white sand as you enjoy basking in the sun. For carefree day of pure sun, fun, and Caribbean calypso music, choose a private island getaway where you can swim in clear blue Caribbean waters and soak up the sun and the laid-back beach vibe.
Day trips to the country’s exciting archeological sites and spectacular Mayan ruins are among the most popular Belize City shore excursions. Take a ferry ride to the ruins of Xunantunich, the most important archeological site in Belize, and climb to the temple of El Castillo while your guide shares tales of the ancient Mayan culture. Take a riverboat safari to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai, which may have been occupied as early as 1500 B.C., and climb to the top of one of the tallest ceremonial temples in Mesoamerica. Or you can cruise down the River Wallace to the Mayan site Altun Ha, the most visited Mayan ruin in Belize. In a lush rainforest setting, you’ll see the jade head carving of the sun god Kinich Ahau, believed to be carved from a single piece of jade and thought to be the largest jade artifact ever to be discovered.