Our second port of call on the Norwegian Cruise LIne was to Belize City, Belize. We did not dock at the port and had to take tenders (small boats) that transported us to the port.
Belize is a country in Central America that is located between Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It was a former British colony and is about two hours (flying distance) from the United States.
The country is approximately 8800 square miles. The earliest inhabitants were known to be the Mayans so there are Mayan ruins here just like in Costa Maya, Mexico.
We had decided not to take a paid excursion this time but instead walk around downtown. Unfortunately, the weather was dreary — very very dreary. It seemed like it rained the whole time we were there.
We hired a local driver to show us some of the sights but in the rain we didn’t get to see too many things of interest. I did notice that the houses are painted with bright colors — very similar in style to houses in the Caribbean.
Our driver did stop at a church called St. John’s Cathedral (Church) and we were able to step inside and take some pictures. There was a small church service going on so we were careful to be quiet.
“The church was built by slaves from bricks brought to Belize as ballast in the hulls of ships sailing from Europe. The building took eight years to complete and inside one can find many original architectural touches including intricate stained glass windows, ornate mahogany pews and an antique organ.” Belize It
The architecture in this church is pretty amazing.
The front door was very intricately done. Beautiful!
The stained glass window was also beautiful. I enjoy looking at stained glass windows everywhere I go.
Although it rained on us most of the day, we were happy we were able to get off the ship and walk around. Here are a few more pictures I took of the area.
The outdoor pictures above were taken from the tender (small boat) that transported us back to the ship.
I’m sure Belize is a beautiful country — we just didn’t have the best weather while we were there.