During our recent Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Magic, one of our ports was Belize – a ‘new to us’ destination. Hoping to explore and see the area, we booked the Bacab Eco Park Family Escape with Lunch shore excursion for our time off of the ship.
After hopping on a tender boat to the main island of Belize, we discovered our tour leader gathering our group as soon as we arrived to the mainland. With a quick stop at the restrooms, we boarded our motorcoach for the 45-minute ride to Bacab Eco Park.
Hoping to see the ‘real world’ outside of the port area, we saw a great deal of Belize City – and the countryside – as we made our way to the park. Our guide Liz offered great information and fun facts along the way. (I’m a huge nerd for fun facts. Did you know tourism is the number one industry in Belize?).
I was worried that my girls would be antsy during the ride, but Maggie was fascinated with the scenes out the window. It made for a lot of great conversation and questions between us.
Upon arriving at Bacab Eco Park, we made our way down the boardwalk through the jungle and received a short tour of the area and settled in to enjoy the park. That fantastic pool was calling us and the girls couldn’t wait to jump in.
The slide, waterfall and a separate kiddie pool area for little ones made this a perfect spot for families. I had everything I needed, hammocks, beach chairs and sunshine – perfection! There were plenty of shaded areas and huts, we even saw some iguanas hanging out by the pool too.
Our afternoon at the eco park was relaxing and fun. The girls loved the waterslide and I enjoyed that the pool wasn’t crowded. At the most, I counted 15 other people in the pool at one time. Servers from the restaurant were readily available and hammocks were nearby too.
Other Excursions at Bacab Eco Park
Our Family Escape with Lunch excursion featured pool time, a complimentary Belizean buffet style lunch with access to the locker rooms, clean showers and plenty of areas for relaxing. What I truly enjoyed about our day is that depending on your skill levels and need for adventure, there were add-on options available for everyone.
Individual family members can book these separately onboard the ship or add on the activity separately once they get to the park. While part of the family relaxes by the pool, others can participate in these activities – everyone can experience their own fun. Participants for these excursions all travel together between the port and park on the same motorcoach.
What to Expect at Bacab Eco Park
- The folks at the park are incredibly friendly. Make time to talk with them, learn about the park and their homeland.
- Don’t be surprised if you see iguanas, garden snakes and other wildlife. It is an ecopark, remember?
- Make time for the complimentary, Belizean lunch buffet featuring rice and beans, baked chicken (not spicy!) and plantains. We loved it – even my girls cleaned their plates! A full menu of food is available for an additional cost.
- Bring your Carnival beach towel and sunscreen. We had no issues with mosquitos, but we brought along a small bottle of bugspray just in case.
- Local vendors have artwork and crafts on display, take time to shop and enjoy! American dollars are accepted for payment.
- Interested in learning more about the area? Take a guided tour of the park’s Ixchel Medicinal Trail. Fascinating stuff!
- Lockers are available for rent. Be sure to bring a dry change of clothes so you don’t have to ride home in a wet bathing suit!
All was quiet as we made the 45-minute ride back to the ship. Worn out from a day of sun and fun, the girls took naps and arrived back at the ship well rested and ready for ice cream.
This excursion was a perfect match for our family. We were hoping for a day of relaxing, but also a glimpse into the city and way of life for the people of Belize. If we have the chance to return to Belize again one day, a Bacab Eco Park excursion would be my first pick of places to go.
Have You Visited Bacab Eco Park in Belize?
** My family and I sailed as guests of Carnival Cruise Line. This excursion was complimentary, yet all opinions here are 100% my own. **