Best Water Sports in Belize
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Belize team
Declared a protected area in 2001, the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve offers protection for a significant portion of the Belize Barrier Reef. The reserve covers about 26 thousand acres of marine habitat just off the coast of Placencia, and has several areas open for public exploration.
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 "
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.
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.
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
If you want to inject your vacations with unforgettable adventures you have to visit Lime Caye in Belize. It is specifically located in the Sapodilla Caye marine reserve considered a protected area since 1996. On this coast, snorkeling is the ideal sport because of the barrier reef that characterizes it, which is home to a diversity of plant and animal species.
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.
The Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve covers an area of approximately 125 square kilometers and includes fourteen sand and mangrove cayes along the southernmost tip of the Belize Barrier Reef, nearly 40 miles due east of Punta Gorda.
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.
Half Moon Caye is considered a Natural Monument of Belize. The key is full of marine species such as corals, garden eels and sponge formations. You will also find eagle rays, sea turtles and groupers. This marine diversity contributes to the practice of diving in these waters.
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