Best Beaches in Belize
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Belize team
Little Frenchman Cay is a small island a short distance south of Ambergris Caye and a quick boat trip from Belize City. It has been a private land since 2007, and is currently the location of the Royral Palms Island Resort
Playa Maya is a very small and quiet coastal community on the Placencia peninsula, which consists of a long and clean strip of sand, beach chairs, wooden docks that stand out in the sea and hammocks hanging between palm trees. Visitors who come here do so to relax, sunbathe and eat fresh seafood in one of the few beachfront restaurants. Of the three beach towns on the Placencia peninsula, Maya beach is the most serene.
South Water is the key with the most marine reserve in Belize. The largest marine reserve is in South Water Caye. To access it you can do it through excursions in Belize that depart from Dangriga, Hopkins or Placencia. You can also stay in this beach but you must consider the high costs, as there are very few places destined for this purpose. Thanks to the fact that it has the richest barrier in marine fauna, you can practice snorkeling and diving. You can see species such as: Manta rays, reef fish and seabirds.
Laughing Bird Caye is a beautiful Belizean isle situated on the western side of Victoria Channel, only 11 miles off the coast from Placencia Village in the Stann Creek District of Belize. The exact location of the island is 16°27' North latitude and 88°12' West longitude. Laughing Bird Caye is the southernmost island in the central lagoon of the Belize Barrier Reef.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Glover Reef consists of 5 small quiet islands and a coral reef that is 18 miles (29 kilometers) long by 6 miles (10 km) wide. It is the southernmost coral atoll in Belize, sitting about 28 miles (45 km) east of Dangriga and Hopkins on the mainland.
Located 30 miles (48 km) east of Belize City, there is a large group of mangroves and tropical atolls, where there is nothing more than a handful of private resorts and a small population of resident fishermen. The waters surrounding the Turneffe Islands are home to the largest coral reef atoll in all of Belize and were set aside as a protected marine reserve in 2012.
The Blue Hole is a diving attraction in Belize, especially for divers with an appreciation of the geographical phenomenon, this is your chance to explore the famous Blue Hole. Part of the Lighthouse Reef System approximately 62 miles (100 km) from Belize City, the almost perfect blue circle of the Blue Hole has a radius of more than 1000 feet (305mts) This is the most amazing dive site found in all the world. Located in the center of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll the Blue Hole is a long water hole 480 feet (145 meters) deep, which gives it the blue color which makes these structures known worldwide as “blue holes "
Coral Glover, the southernmost of 3 coral atolls in Belize, requires a little more dedication within reach: a flight from Belize City to Dangriga, followed by a one-hour boat trip on the high seas. But once there, this ancient refuge for pirates and world heritage is unmatched in beauty.
The Snake Cayes consists of a group of four small islands - West Snake Caye, Middle Snake Caye, East Snake Caye, and South Snake Caye. The name was inherited from an abundance of boa constrictors that once lived on one of the islands. These cayes are not a part of the barrier reef system, but instead lie on an isolated coral ridge growing on a limestone ledge that extends several miles into the inner lagoon of the Belize Coastal Zone.
With approximately 118,000 acres (47,750 hectares), Cayo Aguas del Sur is the largest marine reserve in Belize. In fact, it is one of the most accessible from the mainland, the western edge is located just 10 miles (16 km) from the coast. With lagoons, islands surrounded by palm trees and mangroves, the reserve is home to a wide variety of species. Visitors will find beautiful reef fish, manta rays and seabirds. Less common, but still possible to observe are sharks, manatees and crocodiles.
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