One of my favorite shore excursions of all times was in Belize.
The very first cruise my family and I went on was to the Western Caribbean. We went as a large multigenerational, family group. This group included my parents, my 4 siblings, and spouses, and children. My brother was the experienced cruiser, so he managed all the bookings, transfers, and hotels. The only aspect of the cruise that was up to me was the booking of excursions.
One of the ports that we visited was Belize. I had never heard of Belize before, talk about being sheltered. Belize was so beautiful, and it was English speaking (a real benefit for me). Belize offered tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic mountains, Mayan temples, and diving and fishing experiences.
After reading reviews on all the excursions that the cruise ship offered, my own little family settled on the cave tubing and lunch.
This excursion started with a long bus ride to the caves. Leaving the bus, we walked through the jungle, carrying our tubes to where we entered the river.
We were then given headlamps to help light the caves as we went in and out of them.
From there it was just relaxing and drifting with the current. At some points, the river became shallow, so the guide would yell “Butts Up”, which meant to raise up in your tube to skim over those spots. This whole experience was so beautiful and relaxing.
After we finished the tubing, we were led to some dressing rooms to change into dry clothes. Afterward, we feasted on an authentic and very tasty Belize lunch.
I learned 2 important lessons here on this excursion that has helped me on my following travel.
- The changing lesson:
Always pack a plastic shower curtain liner (from the dollar store) to put on the ground in the dressing room. The ground was covered in dirt and water, and I do not know what else. It was almost impossible to keep my shorts dry as I put them on. You can put the liner on the floor and stay completely dry and clean. Then you just throw it away.
- The lunch lesson:
For lunch, they had a mild and a hot sauce for your food. When asked if I wanted hot or mild, I said “not hot”. They heard hot and that is what I got. It was so hot that some fell on my lip and actually blistered it. I shared my husband’s lunch because mine was inedible. Never say what you do not want!!!!
When you visit Belize be sure and make time to do the cave tubing. It is well worth your time and money.
See Ya Makin Memories!