Arriving on a ship, this will be my 4th trip to Belize and have done the cave tubing and other excursions. I love exploring the port areas and have read so many negatives including that they won't let you leave the port if you don't have an excursion. I find it hard to believe that it's that bad. I have traveled non cruise related all over Panama and Costa Rica using common sense to avoid areas that seem sketchy. I don't flash cash or wear expensive jewelry or clothes, I am a shorts and flip flop guy who likes cold beer and eating like the locals. Can anyone recommend some places close to the port for shopping, beers and just to get a local vibe? Thanks for any advice.