There is a lengthy list of sensible reasons why Belize belongs on the must-do list when it comes to Caribbean cruising. First, a two-hour flight from the United States to Belize City makes it easy to travel to, English is the official language and it is one of the most affordable destinations in the Caribbean—the U.S. dollar is widely accepted and is worth twice the Belizean dollar. Second (or fourth, depending on how you count), electricity is the same as in the U.S., and you can drink the water. (Visit travelbelize.org for details.) But most of all, besides all of the sensible reasons to visit Belize, the country’s overwhelming draw is the natural beauty of its islands, waters and rainforests, along with its intriguing Mayan culture, all of which are wrapped up in an intoxicatingly relaxed way of life.
Key West, Florida is known for its celebratory spirit and hosts multiple festivals and events throughout the year (fla- keys.com). Two of the more popular—Hemingway Days and the Key West Marlin Tournament—are held simultaneously mid-July, making Key West an ideal mid-summer destination whether you arrive by land or by sea.