Spring is in the air, and that translates – for the most part – to clear blue skies and warm sunshine. It’s the perfect weather for a day on the beach, or, if you’d like to kick things up a notch, for a tropical island vacation. Belize’s coastline is dotted with some 400 plus islands, (often referred to as cayes), each with their own unique vibe and pace. What they do have in common, though, are white sand beaches and shimmering turquoise waters that are sure to make a lasting impression. With so many islands to choose from, we’ve decided to share some of our top picks. From luxe private abodes to rustic off-grid escapes, here are six Belize islands you should definitely visit this Spring.
1. Coral Caye
The Coppola Family Hideaways make for a unique and dreamy escape in Belize, and Coral Caye is no different. This 2-acre private island is just 8 miles off the coast of Placencia, where sister property Turtle Inn is located. Enjoy having the island all to yourself while attentive caretakers prepare your meal, pour your wine or help chop you a fresh coconut. This intimate island getaway is perfect for couples or small groups of friends seeking a Robinson Crusoe-esque escape.
2. Ranguana Caye
Giant Jenga and shotski on the beach are just some of what awaits on Ranguana Caye. This private island resort that’s synonymous with fun and relaxation is open to overnight travelers and day trippers alike. Whether you’re looking for an idyllic escape or a memorable spring break, you’ll get to bask in some rejuvenating Caribbean sunshine on this 2-acre Belize island. When you’re done, you can head over to the onsite Bully’s Beach Bar for a refreshing cocktail and a hot meal.
3. Tobacco Caye
Belize’s islands don’t get much more paradisiacal than the gorgeous, and off-the-grid, Tobacco Caye. World-weary travelers seeking some respite from the daily grind often flock to this tropical oasis off the coast of Dangriga Town. You won’t find any large-scale, luxurious resorts here, just the sand, the sea, and the unique overwater cabanas that have become synonymous with the island.
4. Manta Island Resort
Found inside the isolated paradise that is the Glover’s Reef Atoll, Manta Island Resort is where thrilling offshore adventure and incomparable R+R come to meet. This private Belize island is only 12-acres large. And, with only nine Private Oceanfront Cabanas and three Two Bedroom Reef Villas , it makes the perfect stay for guests craving an intimate island escape. Manta Island Resort belongs to the Coco Plum Island Family of resorts, which also includes Belizean Dreams Resort and Laru Beya Resort. Thanks to their combination stay packages, guests can enjoy an island vacation and then some when in Belize.
5. Coco Plum Island Resort
Sister resort to Manta Island, the adults-only Coco Plum Island Resort is every romantic’s dream. Found 8-miles off the coast of Belize, this 16-acre island sits surrounded by shades of blue that further enhance its dreamy feel. Get to enjoy a glimpse of Belize at its most uncrowded and unspoiled, complete with overwater nets and hammocks.
6. St. George’s Caye
An island as historic as it is scenic, St. George’s Caye was once Belize’s capital. Today, its claim to fame is as a top vacation spot for Belizean families. Casa Al Mar, an all-inclusive vacation home rental on the caye, allows guests the chance to enjoy this tiny slice of paradise off the coast of Belize City. Enjoy a solo paddle at sunrise. Go on a snorkel or dive excursion not far from the island. Fish in the evenings. Or, simply, laze the day away in a colorful hammock.
Featured Photo: Ranguana Caye, courtesy of Muy’Ono Resorts