Ports of Belize
There are several ports of Belize through which boats enter.
- Big Creek Port, located in the Stann Creek District, is primarily used for banana exports, although some containers are received at this location to better service the southern region of Belize. It is also the port of departure for the oil fields in Spanish Lookout. Belize Natural Energy has an oil storage facility onsite.
- The Commerce Bight Port is primarily used for citrus exports.
- The Port of Belize is located in Belize City, and is the largest Port in the country where the majority of Belize's commercial imports and exports are processed.
The Commerce Bight Port and Belize City Port are owned and operated by the Port of Belize Ltd. It should also be noted that cruise ships anchor just off shore, and local tenders ferry people from the ships to the city.
Sailors can enter from ports at:
- Belize City
- Cay Caulker
- Punta Gorda
- San Pedro (on Ambergris Caye)
Entering these ports will require officials to put travelers through customs and other clearances.
Tourism is one of the major industries in Belize and government statistics say one in four Belizeans work in this sectors. In 2004, over 800,000 tourists visited Belize; projections for 2005 exceed 1,000,000. Carnival Cruise Lines signed an agreement in July 2005 with Belize Ports Ltd. for the construction of a US $50 million cruise terminal next to the Port of Belize Ltd. This project serves as a catalyst for the development of the new Commercial Free Zone and the new Export Processing Zone to be built next to the Cruise Terminal between 2005-2007.