There are more than 200 different islands (or cayes, as they are called) in the Caribbean nation of Belize. Even though most visitors only see the most popular options, you can get closer to the desertedisland fantasy by exploring the more distant, southern islands. These are a few of our favorite islands in all of Belize.
Most believe this to be the most photographed island in Belize, and it is only 40 kilometers off the coast from Placencia. While it is certainly not very big, it makes up for it in snorkeling and diving experiences. The marine life here includes lobsters, barracudas, and stingrays.
Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize, and because it is so close to the Barrier Reef and the mainland, itis the primary destination for more than half of Belize’s tourists. The best party spot in the country can be found in the primary town of San Pedro. One of the drawbacks is that you only have a few good stretches of beach here. If you are going for the most ‘touristy’ experience, this is where you want to go.
South Water Caye
In addition to being a part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve (which is the largest protected marine park in Belize) you also have near 180degree sea views from anywhere on the island and are able to enjoy some of the best stretches of white sand in all of Belize. One of the best places to unwind has to be the Pelican Resort, with dozens of hammocks and luxury cabanas that provide some rest amongst the coconut palms.
Tobacco Caye sits atop the Belize Barrier Reef. Those who want seclusion on a budget and to experience some of the best snorkeling in Belize should go here. This is why it is a favorite among younger travelers. If you are looking for accommodations, you can often find them in the way of wooden cabanas.
Laughing Bird Caye
Even though it is quite a distance from Placencia, this is one of the Caribbean’s most photogenic islands. It has miniatoll status and a national park that is considered a World Heritage Site. The unique coral formations draw in a great number of snorkelers and divers. While overnight stays are not permitted, there are grills and picnic benches, making it a great place to barbecue.
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