Big Creek, Belize

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Big Creek
Oil barge being loaded at Big Creek Port
Big Creek, Belize
Map of Big Creek location
Country Belize
Location Toledo District
Coordinates 16°30′51″N88°24′16″W / 16.51417°N 88.40444°W / 16.51417; -88.40444 Coordinates: 16°30′51″N88°24′16″W / 16.51417°N 88.40444°W / 16.51417; -88.40444
Available berths3 [2]
Draft depth 11.0 m. in the channel [2]

Big Creek or Cala Grande is a deep-water port facility 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 largest port, [3] 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.



The port is ISPS certified and has 3 berths. [2] Cargoes handled include bananas, citrus fruit and petroleum. [4]


The port is not a designated safe harbour with regard to hurricane preparedness. [5]

Big Creek 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. [6]

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