Belize for Cruise Visitors: Day Trips, Shore Excursions, Things to Do

Belize for cruise visitors

If you’re a Norwegian Cruise Line passenger scheduled to dock at Harvest Caye in Belize, the good news is that there are lots of amazing day trips that you can enjoy.

Harvest Caye is a small island privately owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, but it’s situated just a few miles from the mainland. There is a regular ferry service that connects Harvest Caye to the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize, the gateway to a host of fun and exciting activities on the mainland and surrounding reef. From there, there are a wide variety of exciting day trips available for cruise line passengers, all of which are guaranteed to get you back in plenty of time before your ship disembarks.

The Placencia Peninsula is often nicknamed “the island you can drive to” because of its laidback island atmosphere and narrow causeway connecting it to the mainland. Placencia has some of the most beautiful beaches in a country with hundreds of miles of beaches, and Placencia Village is a quaint little town replete with colorful murals, cozy cafes, souvenir shops, and Mom and Pop restaurants serving up tasty seafood.

Other areas near Placencia that have fun things to do include the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS). One of the largest wilderness areas in Belize, the CBWS is home to mountain ranges, thick jungle trails, wetlands, waterfalls, and an astonishing variety of wildlife, including more than 200 jaguars.

Placencia is also very close to popular destinations such as ancient Maya ruins. Built thousands of years ago, these stone cities in the jungle are where visitors can explore giant pyramids, magnificent temples, and vast ball courts where the losing team was sacrificed to appease ancient Maya gods.

The lush nature surrounding Placencia is also where you can enjoy activities like zip lining, horseback riding, and boat tours along jungle rivers to see animals like black howler monkeys, one of the loudest creatures in the world. The cry of a black howler monkey can be heard up to three miles away even through dense jungle.

If you’re docking at Harvest Caye, be sure to book your Belize activities with Barefoot Rentals and Services. Based right in Placencia, Barefoot has golf cart and car rentals that are perfect for exploring the peninsula. Barefoot also organizes a wide range of exciting activities, including boat tours of the Monkey River, swimming at the base of a jungle waterfall, visiting a Maya village, snorkeling, scuba diving, and floating down a lazy jungle river on an inflatable inner tube.

Top Places to Stay in Belize

Belize Tour Companies and Travel Agents

Belize Real Estate Opportunities

June 29, 2018

How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List

An oil drilling moratorium, development restrictions and fishing reform has helped the 200-mile-reef come off Unesco’s endangered world heritage sites...
Read More
June 26, 2018

What the New Alaia Belize Will Look Like

The newest addition to Belize’s fast-growing hotel pipeline is on track for 2020, and now we’ve gotten the exclusive first...
Read More
June 26, 2018

Saving the underwater wonder world of Belize’s reef

Just a stone’s throw off the coast of Belize, brightly colored tropical fish mingle with sharks, manta rays and sea...
Read More
June 26, 2018

RCL Exclusive Your Off-the-Grid Guide to Belize

Belize is the tropical vacation version of a perfect meal. Light appetizer, indulgent main course, decadent dessert and booze …...
Read More
June 17, 2018

Latham: Hard work must be the national symbol of Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize — Belize is tiny for a country — about the land size of Maryland — but it...
Read More
June 17, 2018

7 Ambergris Caye Restaurants Secret Special Request Options

Once you have lived on Ambergris Caye awhile, you get to know which restaurants have off-menu special request options. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Please Belize Me: Ten Reasons to Put Ambergris Caye on Travel List

After a year of procrastination and poor planning, Belize finally made it on my to do list in 2018. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Autograph Collection Hotels Set to Debut in Belize with the Opening of Alaia

Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, today announced the brand will debut in Belize with the...
Read More
June 12, 2018

5 Reasons to Vacation in Belize this Summer

Summer is the busiest season for travel to Europe. That’s where most vacationers are headed during the months of June,...
Read More
1 2 3 19




Leave a Comment


Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Don't have account. Register

Lost Password


Please support the site
By clicking any of these buttons you help our site to get better