Exploring Belize for the First Time

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

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Belize from afar

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.


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Baby butterflies and butterfly eggs
Belize Butterfly eating
Butterfly eating
Belize Toucan
Belize Parrots

Additionally, we spent a little time walking along the beach and stopped for a drink when the rain set in.

Belize Beach
Beach right after rain stopped

Margarita in Belize 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.

Placencia Belize

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.

Waterfall in Belize
The main level of the waterfall

Belize Waterfall


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.  

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Closing Thoughts on Visiting Belize for the First Time

Monument at the entrance to the waterfall
More scenery from Belize

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!

Coconut with Rum
Coconut with Rum…delicious

Palm Tree with CoconutsBelizeHave 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.



  1. I never been to Belize, but always see it on HGTV channel of people moving there. Looks like a beautiful tranquil place to unwind and relax.

    1. Girl, it had me wanting to move there. I could totally see myself living there. It’s so relaxing.

  2. Belize looks beautiful From the looks of your photos I know you had a great time. It is on my bucket list.

  3. This sounds like an exciting experience. Makes me want to pay a visit someday. Your pictures are amazing.

  4. I’ve never been to Belize! It is definitely on my list of must visit places. I have had plenty coconut water from a coconut, but not with rum in it! I feel cheated! Great photos.

  5. Nothing gets me like a waterfall. So beautiful, and the butterflies too

  6. This so tempting to travel there but the summer is over back to school but I will definitely put that on the list travel.

  7. Belize looks like such a wonderful place I hope I can visit it one of these days.

  8. What a beautiful place! I would love to visit Belize someday. Being near the beach definitely has its perks. The waterfall is such a lovely sight to see as well!

  9. Beautiful Pictures! Especially the one of the beach after the rain stopped! I have not been to Belize but I need to add it to my list!

  10. Shelly says:

    I’m a little jealous here. So Belize is a place I wanted to go a few years ago but many reasons it just didn’t happen. That water dual was sooo beautiful not to mention the Nature Center. I think it’s so cool to the animals in their natural environments and Belize is just the place.

  11. I have a friend from Belize so this makes me want to visit the country so much more. Thank you for sharing the beauty of this little slice of paradise.

  12. I have not been to Belize, but I’ve always heard it was beautiful. My neighbor in New York was from their and he talked about it’s beauty all the time. I adore waterfalls, and need to experience them more.

  13. Belize looks beautiful. I love waterfalls and would love to see them in person. We went on a cruise 10 years ago and it was fun exploring another country. I would love to do it again.

  14. Melanie Walsh says:

    Belize sounds amazing! I have never been, but I need to see all of those waterfalls. The natural beauty is spectacular. That includes the natural beauty of coconuts…with rum!

  15. I’ve heard so much great things about Belize from a friend who had been there a few times before. I would love to go someday.

  16. Anosa Malanga says:

    Yay! Looking at your post makes me so envious. I badly need a vacation as well as works is too hectic over the past few weeks. Looking forward to have some distressing just like this.

  17. Oh gosh your pics are beautiful!! I would love to travel to Belieze one day!!

  18. There is so much to do down there! Looks like a really magical place!

  19. Belize sounds like a truly amazing place. Would love to make it down there sometime!

  20. My daughter traveled to Belize for work a few years ago. She had such a good time. She was there to look for artisans for a fair trade market at her university.

  21. Jeanine says:

    Belize is one of those places I’d love love love to go! Hopefully at some point I will get the chance. It looks amazing!

  22. I love that the small fishing town was hopping! How fun to visit Belize. I think I’d love to go!

  23. Belize is so beautiful I met some of the most loving people there! It looks like you all had a great time…that fresh coconut with rum looks delicious 🙂

  24. WOW! It looks amazing. I hate little hidden cost when you paid for a package. However, this looks so worth it. I’ve never been, but your post makes me want to the whole cruise.

  25. Ruth I says:

    This place looks wonderful! I haven’t been here so I will start saving up, travel and explore Belize!

  26. I have never been but I’m adding it to the list! What a beautiful place to explore.

  27. Belize is such a beautiful place. I really need to book a try there. Looks like so much to see and do!

  28. Belize looks absolutely amazing! I adore waterfalls and would love spending time there. Such a beautiful place!

  29. This looks like an amazing place to visit. We have visited Mexico a bunch of times, and would love to check out Belize. It sounds like there is so much to see!

  30. Oh my, I am enjoying seeing all of these pics on your cruise trip. This place looks just as beautiful as the last. Except that beach looked kinda scary lol.

  31. Such a beautiful place, love the waterfalls and that drink looks delish!

  32. It looks like Belize was a great stopover. The coconut with rum looked so great and the entrance to the waterfall majestic.

  33. Amazing! I need to get to Belize one day. I’m all about checking out waterfalls. I’d enjoy seeing the parrots too.

  34. Candy says:

    Belize is one place we have not been too. Love the waterfall so pretty. Looks like a beautiful place to visit

  35. I’ve got to visit Belize. My problem is I just can’t stop going to Jamaica. Every chance I get to plan a trip it’s my first suggestion.

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