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CruiseKittyFL's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan
Carnival Legend cruise in November 2013
Member Name: CruiseKittyFL
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: CruiseKittyFL's Carnival Legend Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We didn't take any tours but just grabbed a taxi and went into the down town area to shop. All kinds of things to buy here. We stopped at a sidewalk cafe for a few beers. Try the Sol, it's pretty good. In true Mexican form, the waiter tried to sell us jewelry and postcards while we sat there drinking our beers. They never miss an opportunity!

There are many places where you can get hand-made things including beautiful paintings done on feathers. Plenty of items made from leather too.The people here were friendly and helpful; a little pushy at times, but that is to be expected in such a touristy place. Bring lots of money (cash) and your best haggling game face - they love to get as much as they can and we love a bargain.

We had lunch at Carlos & Charlie's close to the port. This place is crazy; between the shot girl and the clown making naughty balloon hats, you can have a great time. Watch your bill though - it's in pesos. Do the conversion before you get there so you don't pay too much.

Overall a great port to visit.

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Belize City
Altun Ha Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

I really enjoyed visiting the ruins of Altun Ha. It's fascinating how these structures are still here after a few thousand years. This is definitely worth the looooong bus ride to get out there. We did get to climb 2 of the structures and we took plenty of pictures. The guides were knowledgeable about the history of the site and told us all about the Mayan culture and practices.

The tour of Belize city was really disappointing - crumbling buildings with bars on the windows and trash everywhere. The guide tried to tell us that the bars are just there to hold the hurricane shutters in place......sure they were. After leaving the city, we drove out on a 1.5 lane wide "highway" road to the archeological site. All we saw along the way were more shacks and trash. I knew Belize was a poorer country, but if you believe all the fancy advertising about it you will be really let down when you actually see it.
Overall a good tour and you should see the ruins.

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Snorkeling Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We went on a snorkeling trip with Jolly Roger tours in the morning. The weather was rainy, but the tour guys made the best of it. They were all friendly and really seemed to enjoy talking about the area. The water was warm and we swam out to a nice reef about 200 feet from the boat. There we saw plenty of corals and fish. If the sun had been out, I would have seen more. We did get pictures of 4 lionfish and all kinds of coral. The only downside to the place we were anchored was that there was trash in the water that had run off land from a recent storm. Apparently Roatan has a bit of a garbage problem.

Overall, it was a nice day. The sun came out later and after we were all out of the water, they served a tasty lunch and drinks.

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