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SLmom's Port Reviews of Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel
Mariner of the Seas cruise in December 2012
Member Name: SLmom
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Galveston
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: SLmom's Mariner of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
In Roatan, the beaches are so beautiful in West Bay. We hired a driver ($25 per person for the day) from Victor Bodden. We didn't tour the island since we had done that on a previous trip although our driver was willing. We went to Banamarama where we went out with a guide on a boat for just the 8 of us to see dolphins, star fish, and go snorkeling for about 2 hours. ($30 person). You can also walk out from the beach and snorkel. We also had some tasty food and drink at Banamara. They don't have many beach chairs there so if that is a priority you might want to go somewhere else. They have lots of seating in the outdoor restaurant area where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful beach view.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
This is a tender port and then a 45 minute drive to anything on shore. There are no beaches except for a manmade one. Decent snorkeling from a boat.
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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Catch a taxi to Chankanaab National Park. I like this place because it has something for everyone. It does cost a little more because of that. Without swimming with the dolphins, it is $31/ person. 4 of our group went scuba diving with a guide after a 5 minute how to lesson. ($60) They said it was fantastic. You can also snorkel from the shore. Lots of chairs and shade. There are dolphins, manatees, a sea lion show, and a botanical garden. The only thing it doesn't have are the inflatable water slides that some beaches have. It is very clean and largely wheel chair assessable.

I also like Paradise Beach but the snorkeling isn't good there. It has beautiful grounds, great view of the water, chairs are decently spaced, lots of shade, great waiters, a pool, and inflatable water toys.

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