Originally posted by tompands:
I have 12 days to my cruise to Colon,Limon and Belize. I've been having a hard time finding excursions that are of the relaxing type. I'm looking for some suggestions. As usual, I'm seeing alot of the "Don't rome around on your own" and "it's a very dangerous place for tourists" type stuff. I'm looking for some input on these ports from people that have experienced them. Thanks,Tom
We are headed to Colon as well...but not until Thanksgiving.
If you could report back when you get home, I would greatly appreciate it.
We have a special needs son and can't do excursions (they last to long)...so we are wanting to grab a taxi to Gatun locks. The drivers stay with you and it should cost around $40.00 for 4 hours.
I am reading that you book the taxi through the taxi desk at Colon2000 (which I HOPE is where we are docking).
The drive to the Gatun locks is 30 minutes each way and they have a platform you can watch the ships to through from.
Several travel spots say not to WALK (even during the day) in Colon....but that taxis are ok. The taxi drivers are a little more aggressive than some folks like...which is why I hope we dock at Colon2000. They have a taxi DESK there that eliminates having to deal with just a taxi driver. The DESK books the taxi for you. You can get a cheaper rate directly from the driver...but you lose that little extra safety net of someone else looking over his shoulder!
BELIZE: We have been there many times over the years. We were just there in May.
As far as Belize goes, there is a tour operator named Gilley (Gilbert Young is his full name). He has a kiosk in The Village (which is what they call the area inside the fence where the tenders drop you off). His kiosk is at front of the Wet Lizard (which is a restaurant). You can stop and book all kinds of tours with him right off the ship.
If you do want to do the cave tubing...I can recommend Yhoni with cave-tubing.com without hestitation as well. Yes, the lady that died was a tragedy. But she was on a Carnival tour and they do not "link".
Yhoni has everyone "linked" with one guide per linked group. It is $45.00 (plus a little tip for your guide. On the day the Legend was there, the first run left at 9:15am. and he had hubby and oldest son back to the port by 2:30pm.
I have been following his business for at least 2 years on various boards and there is not one single report of anyone missing the ship. He has a great reputation. Yes, he has cancelled trips when the mountain runoff was to great.
As long as you stay within The Village you will be ok. I even walked out the sliding doors and across the street to the Iguana Rama by myself without hesitation. However, you do not want to go more than a block or two from The Village Entrance.
Thanks for any "first hand" info you can bring back about Colon.