Belize is a real poverty stricken, 3rd-world country. When you see bars on every window in the Tourist Section, you know you're in for trouble! We took the tender over, bought "Rum Cream", and back we went.
Bring large amounts of cold, hard cash to every island. Cozumel and, as far as we know, all of the Caribbean, runs on CASH. Credit cards seldom work outside of the most heavily traveled "tourist areas", and you'll miss out on all the fun. We did. Boo-hoo.
We thought a tour of a Tequila Factory would be great fun. Unless you really want to BUY tequila, don't bother. But if you do, go for it. This is the real thing!
Mayan Ruins--San Gervasio was great, but costs far more than we expected to get in. It's cheaper, but very crowded, to take the Ship Excursion. TAKE BUG SPRAY!
We took what we thought was a lot of money ($200), but when we got back to the ship, not one penny was left. We had to undertip our guide (ouch!), skip lunch and any fun extras we wanted to do.
Please, please, PLEASE, take our advice and take at least twice as much cash as you think you could possibly need--especially if you're touring on your own--so you can have a really great time!
Snuba Diving was a great new adventure, and our guide was so, so kind and patient! I recommend this adventure to anyone who is ready to move a notch up from snorkeling. To maybe see if they'd like scuba diving. Take a chance! We thought it was great fun.
We really, really like Roatan. Although (because of a storm) the snorkeling was rough, we can't say enough about what a great place this is. It's one of the main reasons we came on this particular Cruise.