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Belize Tourism Village
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Ranked #16 of 68 things to do in Belize City
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

plenty of shopping at t shirt and souvenirs. Nothing different from other cruise shop port areas. Can get crowded. If you want to visit the real Belize-go out beyond the fenced in/guarded shopping area. Still, it was nice for browsing.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

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).

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We went here on a cruise ship day. Very shifty and not well organized I am glad we could leave quickly AND no for the 40th time- We Dont Want our Hair Braided

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Be prepared to hand over your passport or drivers licence as you enter unless you arrive by cruise ship.
Some good bargains to be had as long as you are will to haggle. People will tell you you can't haggle but you can.....I did.

4  Thank annieugsNovaScotia
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

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.

8  Thank J K
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