Having done the Tulum excursion previously we decided to visit Chankanab on our own. Also on our previous cruise we were in port from 8.00 to 10.00pm giving more time for mainland excursions.
We left the ship at 10.00 and took a taxi and paid for standard entrance. They asked if we were from the Liberty but quickly added "just for our records". We paid $21 for general entrance and were given times for the sea lion show and dolphin visit which consisted of walking round the dolphin area, seeing several different dolphins and watching them being fed. We were also able to see others taking part in the swim and could take photos from the shore - no close up photos. We could take photos at the sealion show but a lot of time was taken up with professional photos at the end. There were ample seats and hammocks at the beach area and only one ship was in port that day. Returned with taxi and wandered round Puerto Maya and had meal and drinks at Three Amigos.
Don't know why this gets such a bad press! For us as 60+ who don't scuba or snorkel we were a bit limited for excursion and having already seen the excellent Mayan ruins at Tulum did not particularly fancy Altun Ha. So we just wandered round the port area and left the "compound" to wander to the flea market (same stuff as inside Tourist Village plus local food) and down to the lighthouse. Locals offered tours, foot massage etc but were polite and friendly and nowhere near as menacing as Jamaica, in fact some went to great lengths to explain where to go as we wondered aimlessly in search of local shops suggesting the Radisson hotel! They seem to be doing up this area and creating a sort of sea front area.
Inside the village had drinks at the Wet Lizard, used the wi-fi (unfortunately very slow) and chatted with the waitress whose mother lived in Wales. We also went to a chemist where we found British products. All in all very pleasant people and some of the cheapest souvenirs. I would still prefer a stop in Jamaica but Belize wasn't bad and would have been better if we were more into diving etc.
My favourite of the cruise despite it raining for most of the day. We took the Tabayana beach break excursion which was excellent. A short trip through interesting scenery to a beautiful beach with friendly helpful security men, local souvenirs for sale but kept to an area of the beach - a few passing hawkers but no hard sell. The beach bar was great and a duo created a great atmosphere and helped by generous rum punches and drinks at reasonable prices got everyone in the party mood. Free lemonade and water. Could have spent longer here and then returned to look around the shops at Mahogany Bay. High quality souvenirs in the shops and a pretty village. Yes I know it is the plastic Caribbean but made a good contrast to Belize.
Having been here before wanted an alternative to Seven Mile Beach and thought it would be easy to pick up something in Georgetown. Unfortunately did not book Carnival excursion. Due to weather conditions we docked at Spot Bay and were further delayed by an incident with some refugees which unfortunately delayed debarkation by 2 hours+. If we had been on a Carnival excursion we would have been off the ship earlier and excursions would have been waiting. As it was we had only 3 hours on land and there is literally nothing at Spot Bay, not even a bar. Had to get taxis to Georgetown at a cost of $10. It would have been a nice gesture if Carnival had paid for this or provided a bus.