A Day Offshore at Goff’s Caye, Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

If you’re looking for things to do in Belize City, one of the most beautiful attractions you can visit is the nearby island of Goff’s Caye. Managed by Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), Goff’s Caye has been a part of the Belizean heritage for many years. Not to mention, it is also registered as an archaeological site because of its history as a colonial settlement area.

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Located 12 nautical miles east of Belize City in the central region of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the island is one of the major marine destinations for cruise ships and local visitors alike. Besides being easily accessible, the island offers a unique mixture of sun, sand and healthy reefs; embodying the true essence of Belize and a tropical adventure.

Some of the most spectacular snorkeling in Belize happens just a short swim off the white soft sandy beach of Goff’s Caye. The crystal-clear blue waters and beautiful coral gardens makes Goff’s Caye a true haven for sunbathers and snorkelers. Approximately 1,461 acres, the small island sits right on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef; with waters to the South and East, you will be able to discover a community of resident corals, lobster, an abundance of colorful fish, stingrays and much more.


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Goff’s Caye with Xsite Belize Sailing & Adventures.

Since 2004, Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) has been committed to preserving and sustaining this jewel. When you arrive at the island, you will notice that Goff’s Caye is full with nothing but coconut palms swaying in the cool sea breeze, pristine sandy beach, turquoise waters, picnic tables, communal facilities and BBQ grills.

In its commitment to make infrastructural improvements to facilitate a greater experience for visitors of the island the Government of Belize recently signed a US$10 million loan contract with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); a portion of which will be towards improvement of overall management and monitoring at Goff’s Caye. In addition to providing access to day-to-day facilities and maintaining the island’s cleanliness and infrastructure, CZMAI also takes steps to reduce Belize’s vulnerability to climate change, by conducting monitoring efforts to understanding the difference between natural and man-made disturbances.

Through realizing these sustainable management efforts and striking the balance between development and protecting the environment, CZMAI intends to maximize Goff’s Caye’s facility, both for current and future generations.

Getting to the Island

Soft sand galore on Goff’s Caye! Photo by Quilz Tamay Photography

There is no public water taxi service that can take you directly to the island. However, you’re free to use your own private vessel; or, book a day tour with many tour operators around Belize City who can facilitate your travel needs to Goff’s Caye for an affordable price. Find a tour operator here

Come visit a slice of paradise!
Written by Kyle Castillo. Feature photo courtesy of Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. 

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