Belize Tourism Village
Belize Tourism Village
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murali8121
Kochi (Cochin), India790 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is mainly intended for the manu cruise ships that dock here. This is just outside the terminals and is full of small shops offering tour services, souvenirs and food. They are open 6.00 am till 5.00 pm. There are plenty of shops outside this area which have cheaper options for souvenirs.
Written February 10, 2020
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singleseniortraveler
Fort Myers, FL22 contributions
Dec 2010
In preparation for my trip to Belize, I did a lot of online research. Although most of the articles I read referred me to Mayan ruins, the rainforest ziplines, scuba diving, and San Pedro, I was not there for tourism, but rather to meet the people and get a feel for the culture. When it got to Belize City, other than the Belize Zoo (which I hear is a great place), there wasn't a whole lot to see in the city itself. I kept seeing references to Tourism Village, where the cruise ship passengers disembark for their daily tours. I was amused by the name of a restaurant there and decided to try it for lunch. That's how I got to Tourism Village, but there is a lot more that will bring me back again. A quick taxi ride and I was there. Surrounded by market stalls with craftsmen and women offering everything from wood carving, jewelry, local food items etc., I didn't think there would be much inside. It is necessary for everyone enterting from the street side to go thru customs to get inside the Village itself.

The "Village" consists of old wharf warehouses converted into shopping malls. As I recall, there are about six of these building. I only made it into two. Ranging from top end jewelry,to tee-shirts shops, from an excellent Belizean art gallery to a shop selling "Rainforest Rum Cakes" (samples available) there is much to see. The sales associates in each of the many shops that I visited were warm and friendly. Some were originally from the U.S., some Asian, some that live in Belize City, some who commute daily by water taxi from the cayes. No matter their country of origin, they are all Belizeans now. I interrupted my shopping to enjoy a great lunch and time of people watching at The Wet Lizard restaurant and bar. It overlooks the wharf and out into the sea where the many cruise ship passengers get into smaller boats to come ashore. Because of the reef, they are not able to come right into the dock. No matter the one day tour you want to take, there is a tour operator for it there. If the tour is not full, you might be able to get a tour at 1/2 price so they can fill the tour. I dined on the chicken jerk special with beans and rice, preceeded by chips and mango salsa. The meal was plentiful and delicious. I saw another restaurant that I will probably try the next time I am there, not because I didn't enjoy the Wet Lizard, but just to avoid the steps required to get there. I spent 5 hours at the Village, left through customs, and spent a little more time chatting with some of the craftspeople in the stalls outside of the Village. There was so much I didn't get to see, but have promised myself that I will get there again.
Written March 1, 2011
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rockyjoe
Minneapolis, MN8,251 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
The Belize City Tourism Village is located on the very eastern side of Belize City. It is right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea next to the cruise ship tender docks. The cruise ships do not actually dock here due to the big coral reef in front of the coast line. The cruise ships have to anchor about 6 miles out and then you take a tender into the village. This “village” looks brand new and I believe it was built by the Cruise Lines so their passengers have a place to land and hang out (and I am sure that the cruise lines profit from sales inside the village). This village has a few restaurants and bars, souvenir stands and the usual cruise port diamond store. The rest of Belize City does not look like this movie set like village.

The Village is separated from the rest of Belize City by a large, giant black fence with security guards making sure that only tourists can get in. This security at the gate was tight and I felt very safe inside the fenced in area (I had to show my cruise card to get back in). Most of the shops in the village sell cheap Belize t-shirts, magnets and key chains. I did find an authentic old Belize car license plate that I picked up for $10 (USD). I probably could have paid less but did not feel like bargaining with the young salesman. Overall the prices seemed high in the village and I bet you could get the souvenirs cheaper outside the gated area.

If you come here on a cruise do not spend much time here but go on an excursion inside the “real” Belize instead. This place is just a good place to pick up souvenirs if you are in a hurry to get back on the ship. A stop in this village does not give you a true Belize experience.
Written February 8, 2014
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Enza R
Windsor1 contribution
Feb 2012 • Friends
We were on a seven day Caribbean cruise and Belize was one of the ports. This was our first time ever in Belize,and we would definitely love to go back thanks to our tour guide Irvin Longsworth. He was recommended by a local(not affiliated with the cruise line) He was very reasonable in his price, and went over and beyond our expectations. He and his wife, who is also a tour guide, showed us the Real Belize.They talked about their culture,their economy and the history of the island.It really is a beautiful island.If you are ever in Belize, I STRONGLY recommend you take a tour with Irvin.He is COMPLETELY honest and trustworthy. They truly went out of their way to make our day a great one.If you are planning a trip to Belize his E-mail address is irvinlongsworth@yahoo.com. You will not be disappointed.
Written April 12, 2012
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Gonzalo G
Miami, Florida104 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
If your cruise stops in Belize, either go cave tubing to to the natural preserve that's about 30 miles away or do snorkeling, but DON'T stay in the city, it's dirty and ugly, it's a shame they don't take care of it...

Also when booking activities, don't do it with Carnival or with the people that are waiting at the port, try to book them online, or just walk outside of the port and go to any tour office, we did this and saved from 70% to 90% on our activities and they were great.
Written December 21, 2014
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ndmny
Austin, TX312 contributions
Dec 2012 • Solo
This is the place to pick up some unique souvenirs that are tasty and support sustainable, organic business in Belize. They have a tour that shows you each step of chocolate making from seed to the chocolate bar, and they have both milk and dark chocolate samples with interesting flavors like lime and salt, chili, and the traditional additions. After the tour, you get to make three chocolate bars in flavors you choose. They also have milkshakes and other chocolate libations, including a bar. In addition to edibles, they have interesting soaps, scrubs,and articles made from coconut and cacao butter that support local businesses and promote eco awareness. Worth every penny.
Written December 25, 2012
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ChadPeterson47
Seattle, WA106 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
On our Western Caribbean Cruise, we decided not to take any excursion in Belize but just tender and visit the Belize Tourism Village. We were warned that there were some safety issues outside the village unless we take a authorized excursion. The place is a typical tourist market place trinkets in addition to over priced restaurants and bars. Of course, diamonds and jewelries are all over but that's not why people visited Belize... isn't that true?
However, I highly recommend you visit a store called "Made In Belize". They have unusual authentic craft and other souvenirs from Belize. It is a small store tucked in the back side of the far end of where the tenders dock. The store is very clean and items are well placed, and the clerks were friendly, professional and helpful. They were laid back and were not at all pushy or trying to make us buy something. When we asked if they have other crafts with different designs similar to the display, they immediately looked for more in the cabinet and opened all of them for us to enjoy. What a gem of a place in the middle of tourist trap market village.
Another place to visit is the Moho Chocolate Café where you find raw cocoa beans and other chocolate products and drinks. It is like a mini-museum and shows the production process as well. Very interesting and my wife and daughter loved this place. It is located right in the main walkway facing the ocean.
Written January 4, 2014
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SerenaWL
Hot Springs Village, AR282 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
This, like the other cruise ports, is owned by the cruise lines. However, this port had better shops and items that WE were interested in. Particularly fun, was the Moho Chocolate shoppe, where you can make your own candy and sample lot of variations. The fresh shaved cocoanut in the dark chocolate was AWESOME. Clean shoppe, friendly staff. a few shoppes to the right, was a local guy who sold silver jewelry and t-shirts. The jewelry was actually pretty (not junk) with a LARGE variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings. (Think buying for Cmas, Bdays in advance, for low cost). He was anxioius to sell and barter, but not obnoxious. It was my fav store, out of the 3 ports on the cruise. We wanted to see the real Belize and chose to walk outside of the safety of the port. We were warned to stay on the main street which is protected by police and avoid the gangs deeper in the neighborhood. We walked across the bridge, then left down main street to the old cathedral. People think of Belize as a beautiful, resort country. This is only true on Ambergris Island. Belize is the 2nd poorest country in the world.....and it showed. The natives all speak English so language isn't a problem. They are consistent in thanking tourists for coming to their country and explain this is how they make their living. Very friendly, but you are approached every 2 feet with some offer (food, drink, trinkets, tours, rides, nails, hair braiding). They do leave graciously when you decline, but in 2 feet someone else approaches you, even tho they can see that you just said "no" to their predecessor. Once you are outside of the walls of the tourist village, you are surrounded by poverty. The buildings are in ill repair, lean-to sheds, lots of trash, there doesn't appear to be a sewer system. One guy tried to sell us a beer, we declined but said we would stop upon our return from the cathedral.....and we did. Stopped for two cold beers, gave him a $20 and he had to walk across the street to 3 other vendors to get change to give us. There are local stalls just outside the tourist village walls that offer local goods at reasonable prices. also a section where people cook...the locals were partaking, but it didn't look sanitary (although it did look and smell delicious), so we didn't eat. Did purchase bags of fresh chopped mangoes, papaya, sugar cane chunks (yummy). The cathedral (st Johns) is run down and they're trying to renovate it. The surrounding graveyard was interesting with tombs from the late 1700s. The church has a school and a soup kitchen, so we left $ there, vs giving it to the panhandlers. Across the street was Government House, with nice grounds and tropical plants. Walking down the street, we saw embassies and some intl companies. The Austrian embassy shared an OLd building with another business and there was a big native guy who looked like a bouncer at the door (not what one thinks of as an embassy).
Written November 11, 2013
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J K
Michigan280 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
Typical cruise ship operation. Boring. Walk into town and take your own tour. Get a map or use Frommer's self guided tour for Belize. Spend 2-3 hours to experience what many people will never see. Walk to the museum too.
Written July 30, 2013
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Steve0315
Shakopee, MN1,343 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
We visited on Thursday, January 29, 2015, while on a Royal Caribbean cruise. The ship is at anchor about 20 minutes away and we were tendered in a small boat to Belize City.

This is an average tourist stop. Many souvenir shops, etc. We did stop at a restaurant, The Bearded Clam, right on the water. Two Belikin beers for $5.00 usd. This is the only beer brewed in Belize. Great taste and nice and cold.
Written February 7, 2015
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