We like it Sweet
Story by Aefa Mulholland
My friend Maggie and I are getting increasingly excited
about the prospect of joining 1900 other women on the first everSweetcruise (November 8-15). We’ll be galloping up the
gangplank inNew Orleanson our way to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City; Cozumel and
Costa Maya, Mexico.
As well as sashaying all around the most scintillating spots in the Caribbean, Maggie, our 1900 new friends, and I also have the option of joining apre-cruise voluntourism package. Those who opt to hit the Crescent Cityearly can spend three days working with a wetlands restoration project designed to prevent future flooding of this resilient city. It’s not all hard work, though – French Quarter accommodations are luxurious, there’s a LGBT history tour, a party, and a tasty cooking demonstration.
Neither of us has been to any of the ports of call, so we’ve been doing a bit of research in order to make the rest of our friends even more envious of our itinerary. Today we’re getting enthusiastic about Belize City.
The perfect gateway to the country’s archeological and eco sites, Belize City is home to around 70,000 people and basks on the country’s central coast. Originally a Mayan city called Holzuz, it now sits amidst a scatter of Creole villages with names such as Double Head Cabbage and Crooked Tree.
It turns out that half of Belize is jungle – jungle teeming with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, armadillos, tapirs, toucans, hummingbirds, parrots, macaws and thousands of species of tropical flowers. The nation is also confettied with over 600 Mayan ruin sites. If we can tear ourselves away from the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere we’re planning on visiting Altun Ha, once a ceremonial center for most of Belize’s Mayans.