If you’re a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) passenger, and your ship is docking in Belize, then you’ll be arriving at the island of Harvest Caye just a few miles offshore from the mainland. In Belize, all islands are called “cayes,” which is pronounced “keys.”
The good news is that it’s really easy to get to the mainland and all of the attractions and sights of Belize from Harvest Caye. In 2013, the government of Belize constructed a 275-foot long concrete pier in Placencia, and there are multiple daily ferries connecting Harvest Caye to the Placencia Peninsula. Tickets are sold onboard the NCL cruise ship, so booking ferry ticket is required. Booking in advance and early is highly recommended, as there is a maximum number of NCL passengers allowed to visit Placencia per day.
The Placencia Peninsula is often called the “island you can drive to” because of its white sandy beaches along the Caribbean coast and because this half-mile-wide strip of land is separated from the rest of Belize by a large, mangrove-lined lagoon teeming with exotic bird and plant life.
Once in Placencia, cruise ship passengers can tour Placencia Village, a small community of only around 1,000 people but a proud holder of an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the smallest main “street” in the world. In actuality, Placencia Village’s central thoroughfare is a pedestrian-only sidewalk measuring just four feet across and lined with colorful murals, boutique eateries, beachside bars, cozy cafes, and dive shops.
The unique geography of the Placencia Peninsula means that cars are generally off-limits. As such, most visitors prefer to get around by golf cart or dirt bike. Golf carts can be operated by all adult visitors, while only those with valid motorcycle licenses in their home country can operate two-wheeled powered vehicles like motorcycles and dirt bikes.
Placencia is perfectly situated for explorations of the natural attractions of Belize, including activities like swimming in the pool at the base of a jungle waterfall (a great way to cool off on a hot day!), floating down a lazy river with an inflatable the inner tube, zip lining from tree to tree in the middle of the rainforest, and snorkeling and scuba diving on the reef.
If you’re coming to Harvest Caye and Placencia, you can rely on Barefoot Rentals and Services for all of your travel needs. Barefoot has a full fleet of cars, SUVs, golf carts, and dirt bikes for rent and regularly organizes adventure tours to all of the top attractions in the country.
All activities are within an hour from Placencia. We’ll meet you at the Placencia Municipal ferry. It is highly recommended to book in advance.
Belize have so much to offer and we hope you are open to a vacation of a lifetime. All listed tours include:
- Transportation to and from the boat dock
- Tour Guide
- Park fees
- Lunch where applicable
All our vehicles are in great operating condition and equipped with a cooler, water and surprise goodies for the journey. All units have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher for emergencies. Browse through some of our most popular tours listed below.
Departure and return times may be adjusted to accommodate ship arrival or departure time.
All posted rates and discounts apply to clients booking directly. Wholesalers and travel agents may contact us for a list of our agent rates.
Situated just an hour outside of Placencia is the South Stann Creek River, an unspoiled watercourse in southern Belize. This tour allows visitors to float down the river on an inner tube, marveling at the lush jungle scenery on the banks of the river.
The waterfall swim tour includes transportation to the Maya King Waterfall, one of the most spectacular cascades in all of Belize. Located on private property, the Maya King Waterfall has icy cold water that’s perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day.