A couple of days ago I shared with you some of my experiences from Costa Maya, Mexico. If you missed that post you’re going to want to check it out here.
Today, I wanted to recap on the second stop of my cruise which was Harvest Caye, Belize. If you thought Costa Maya was awesome, you’re going to love my recap of Belize.
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The Port in Harvest Caye, Belize
Well, it turns out NCL owns the port in Harvest Caye, Belize. However, you still must pay for food and drinks there even if you signed up for the food and drinks packages like we did. Some guests thought this was a bummer, but us personally, when we get off the boat we would have maybe one or two drinks since our goals weren’t to get drunk it was to explore and learn more about the culture…we saved the drinking for the boat where it was free.
Anyways, after our experience in Costa Maya (spending way too much money in the port) we opted out of purchasing anything from the Harvest Caye port. However, we did go through the Nature Center and were able to see animals such as the Toucan and butterflies. There was also a sign saying a boa constrictor was in there, but we didn’t see it.
Additionally, we spent a little time walking along the beach and stopped for a drink when the rain set in.
NOTE: During our first couple of hours in Belize it was raining on and off. So, in the beginning, we spent a lot of time avoiding getting soaked, so I couldn’t take as many photos of things to do in the port.
From the port, you had the option of going parasailing, scuba diving, etc. or going on a shuttle to Placencia Belize. Being the two curious travelers, we were, and wanting to step away from other tourists to see how people really lived their we opted to get on the boat shuttle.
It was about a 15-minute ride from Harvest Caye to reach Plancencia…and OMG that place is amazing. It’s a small fishing town but it is full of life.
Once there, we ran into a local who asked us if we needed transportation. We opted to go with a dirt bike. My partner rides motorcycles at home all the time so he was already itching to get on a bike.
While checking in for the bike rental, the local told us about a waterfall that was about an hour drive away. We still had 4 hours before the last boat back to the port left so we figured why not. We got to see the town and see our very first waterfall in person.
Again, sorry for the lack of photos in this post but riding on the back of a bike doesn’t exactly give me a chance to take photos of the scenery. However, the houses and the land itself is gorgeous. In fact, many houses are listed for sell over there and I did a little digging (I’m considering moving out of the US in the next five years) and I’m talking about nice houses that would be close to $800,000 in the US are selling over there for $100,000 to $200,000. (Definitely, something to think about if you’re someone who works full time online like me since we can make money from anywhere).
The Waterfall in Belize
The Waterfall was beautiful. It had multiple layers, however, I chickened out about going higher after the second set of steps because due to the recent rain the stones were slippery and with flip flops on I was afraid I was going to slide off.
I did attempt to venture out in the water, but it was freezing and again the stones were super slippery. While I did get some photos here and a video (check out my YouTube) this is just one of those things that you have to see in person.
Closing Thoughts on Visiting Belize for the First Time
As the second stop on the cruise, I was convinced Belize would be my favorite destination. As with Costa Maya, the locals were friendly, and you just must love the islander’s accents (OMG). Plus, we got to try coconuts with rum!
Have you ever been to Belize? If not, you may want to start planning your trip there now.
Make sure to check back in a few days to hear about my experience in the third stop on the NCL Getaway.