Big Creek, Belize

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Coordinates: 16°30′51.22″N 88°24′15.61″W / 16.5142278°N 88.4043361°W / 16.5142278; -88.4043361

Big Creek
Oil barge being loaded at Big Creek Port
Oil barge being loaded at Big Creek Port
Big Creek is located in Belize
Big Creek
Big Creek
Map of Big Creek location
Coordinates: 16°30′51″N 88°24′16″W / 16.51417°N 88.40444°W / 16.51417; -88.40444
Country  Belize
District Toledo District
Time zone Central (UTC-6)

Big Creek or Cala Grande is a sea port facility in Belize. Big Creek is a deep-water port on the Caribbean Sea in Belize's Toledo District (just south of the boundary with Stann Creek District), constructed in the 1990s. It is the nation's second most important port, after Belize City. Big Creek is the main port for Belize's banana industry; citrus fruit and shrimp are also exported from here. It is also the location from which oil, extracted from the fields of Spanish Lookout, is exported.

Big Creek also was the location in which the Peter Hughes dive boat "Wave Dancer" capsized during Hurricane Iris in October 2001, killing 20 persons, comprising 3 crew members and 17 vacationing divers from Richmond, Virginia.Official report.