Many, many years ago there was a wild dolphin out at Lighthouse Reef that preferred the company of people to the company of dolphins. She would race to meet the dive boats and spend hours frolicking with the visitors. One day however the inevitable happened and the dolphin had a cute little baby dolphin. After this occured she was a lot more aloof and very protective of the baby. Although the Mama Dolphin would come and play she would occassionally take an extreme dislike to a particular person in the crowd and would beat this person up. Normally it was a women that she would hit with her tail. Some folks were hospitalized after a visit with her. Then one day, she was gone.....
I went scuba diving in the main channel of San Pedro about 5 years ago and a pod of dolphin decided to visit with us during the entire dive. They played, jumped up in the air, raced etc. but never came close enough to touch.
Earlier this month we chartered a TMM Bareboat Sailing Catamaran vessel and right in front of St. George's Caye (about 20 miles from San Pedro) met up with a pod of 10 dolphin. They stayed with the boat for at least 20 minutes. We were tempted to jump in with them, but common sense prevailed. These are wild animals and they may have felt threatened if we got too close. Again they did all the tricks, diving, jumping, racing etc. There were some smaller dolphin, we are assuming these were calfs as they were being corralled.
Anyway, you may be able to swim with the dolphin, but it will be their choice, not yours.
I for one hope that we never condone the opening of a dolphin park here in Belize. Containing such magnificent creatures, with the wild only a few feet away would be cruel.
I am sure Xcaret will be back up and running within a year for those folks who don't have the time and/or opportunity to wait for a spontaneous dolphin encounter in the wild.