Harvest Caye, Belize

Harvest Caye, Belize

Harvest Caye is a 75-acre eco-friendly port in southern Belize comprising two adjoining islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts. The purpose-built island was developed by a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line to be used by ships from the cruise company’s three brands on Western Caribbean itineraries. It’s a clean, easy-to-navigate and beautifully designed island with lots to do, as well as easy access to the mainland.

Harvest Caye offers much that will appeal to visitors featuring four bars, a four-segment zipline (including a thrilling Superman-style segment), a ropes course, exclusive beachfront villas and poolside cabanas, a 7-acre beach with 2,500 loungers, a nature center with three tours daily, a lagoon with kayaks and pedal boats, an outpost of Jimmy Buffett-affiliated LandShark Bar & Grill, a variety of ship-sponsored shore excursion options to the mainland and one of the largest pools we’ve ever seen. 

Less chintzy and more focused on supporting the local economy than other private ports, Harvest Caye shows Norwegian’s commitment to Belize by hosting native performances, displaying pieces by Belizean artists and offering space for local businesses to sell their wares in the island’s shopping area. You’ll find a handful of national brands like Del Sol, Cariloha and Harley Davidson as well, but all other shops, bars and restaurants (including LandShark Bar & Grill) are locally owned; even the duty free store is owned by a local company. Most materials used in constructing the island; decorative flora for landscaping and hardwoods used for building exteriors; were also sourced from within the country.

The disabled cruiser visiting Harvest Caye

Harvest Caye is to a greater extent more wheelchair accessible than other private islands because it’s not a tender port. Although the dock is long, shuttles are offered for those with mobility issues. A small fleet of special wheelchairs with large rubber tires is available for those wishing to spend time on the beach, as are lifts for getting into and out of the pool.

Where You’re Docked

It’s a decent trek from your docked ship down a long (but mercifully shaded) pier and through the shopping area to the beach; farther still if you’ve rented a cabana. 

Good to Know

The sun and heat can be brutal in Belize, and there’s not a lot of shade on Harvest Caye. Although small touches — mist-blowing fans, shade canopies and even air conditioning; have been added throughout the island to help with the heat, be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and water (you won’t find free water, not even water fountains anywhere) — and seek respite indoors during the midday sun if you’re prone to burning or overheating.

Factor in time for getting from place to place on foot, or wait for one of the golf cart shuttles to whisk you from ship to shore.

Getting Around

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Currency 

Cruisers visiting Harvest Caye on Norwegian ships can only charge activities and shore excursions to their onboard accounts. All food and drink must be paid for in cash or with a credit card; U.S. and Belizean dollars are both accepted. There are no ATMs on the island.

Language

English is the primary language spoken in Belize, including on Harvest Caye.

Shopping

Activities (like the zipline, ropes course, kayak or pedal boat rentals) as well as beach or poolside cabanas or beach clamshells can be charged to your shipboard account. (All on-island activities; but not cabanas, are free of charge for passengers on Regent Seven Seas ships.) Norwegian-sponsored shore excursions can also be charged to your onboard account, either ahead of time on the ship, or at a tour desk on the island. Tickets for an independently operated ferry that goes back and forth from the island to the mainland can also be charged to your ship account, or paid for in cash. (Cruisers are welcome to book with third-party operators for excursions on the mainland, but they’ll need to take the ferry to the mainland to meet their tours there.)

Points of Interest

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Harvest Caye Accessible Excursions

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Harvest Caye Accessible Guided Tour

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