Belize City does not exactly top the list of tourist destinations in Belize. Many tourists choose to bypass the country’s only major urban area. The city has a bad reputation for poverty and crime. I remember driving through it briefly last time we were in Belize, on our way to the jungle for an all day Cave Tubing Adventure. I remember thinking how dirty and what terrible living conditions, lots of wild dogs roaming around… I remember, and I would have been nervous to stop.
Since that time in 2009, we have been to many places like this. In South America and Asia. Many places, too numerous to mention. I am more aware, I wouldn’t say I am not as nervous about stopping and looking. Belize city is known for not being great, BUT this time I didn’t want to do an excursion, I wanted to SEE Belize city. I wanted that experience!
Belize City is the historical capital of the country, making it an interesting place to explore. Its ramshackle streets are alive with colorful characters representing every facet of Belize’s. The scenery is not just canals and grungy slums, but also beautiful colonial houses, seaside parks, bustling shopping areas and sailboats that bob at the mouth of Haulover Creek. We took a tender from the ship to Belize City and enjoyed our day in the port and outside the cruise village exploring!
PS~ On an interesting note though… There was a city government election today. Schools and some businesses were closed and a little “extra” security around…just in case riots broke out! Not something I wanted to get caught in the middle of. ( I’ve seen riots in Rio)