Our second country and second port of call, Belize City was another enjoyable place to visit. Unexpectedly, when we got off the ship, we were anchored in the middle of the ocean (we later found out the Belizeans are trying to avoid dredging by limiting the number and size of boats that come to shore), but it only added to the tropical beauty of it all when we returned to enjoy a drink on the top deck, overlooking the coastline and the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. It’s as blue and beautiful as it seems in photographs.
Originally we had booked an excursion to visit Altun Ha Mayan Ruins & Bacab Jungle Park. Due to overbooking (so they said), our tour was (yet again) canceled, but I still wanted to see the ruins, so we re-booked just the ruins (without any extras). It ended up working out better, because we were still able to come back to the pier, have lunch, and then re-board the ship and get some pool time without all the extra bodies (because everyone else was still out on their own tours). The ruins were small, but the tour provided just the right amount of time to explore on our own, not too long where we got done early and were bored, not too short where we had to rush. It was the Goldilocks of Mayan ruins. Another win for tropical cruise vacationing. From here it was on to Mexico.
Favorite moment: Standing at the top of the ceremonial bloodletting temple (the tallest one we could climb) and looking out over the site and the jungle beyond. I can only imagine what it must have looked like thousands of years ago when the Mayans lived there.
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