Belize has many wonders, but one, in particular, is our national treasure, our Great Barrier Reef, which spans 180 miles, protecting our coastline. It is the largest coral reef in this hemisphere; Australia being the other.
Small populations and careful management have preserved this treasure. Here you can find more than 400 species of fish, and a myriad of marine environments.
The Northern Islands are the most frequented and populated in the country. Caye Caulker and San Pedro are not just water sports havens but also bustling towns where socializing is a favorite pastime. Enjoy the island life on the main cayes or caye hop and explore the dozens of white sand beaches like Goff’s Caye, Sargent’s Caye and other smaller most often unpopulated islands.
Whether you are a scuba diver, a free-diver, or a casual snorkeler, you will be amazed.
Although Ambergris Caye is a twenty-six- mile island, it is known primarily as San Pedro. It is roughly 35 miles northeast of Belize City. Easily accessible by boat, it has the largest concentration of visitors who are drawn to its tropical nature and proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef.
The Barrier reef is a few hundred yards from shore, allowing for easy access to many beautiful dive and snorkel sites. The best way to explore this island is by golf cart. A few years ago, you were able to walk from place to place, now there are many resorts, restaurants, and new developments popping up, too far to walk, but a great tour on a golf cart.
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make while on the island is where to stay and where to eat. The north side of the island has now been developed, offering many accommodations, dining and entertainment options to enjoy.
Taxis and golf carts are available to take you places. San Pedro, being the most developed caye in Belize, has the most active nightlife, as compared to other cayes.
Whether looking to enjoy the sunshine, dive the Belize Barrier Reef, party or just relax, there is something for everyone on this island. Island hopping between these two cayes is easy as they are just a 30– minute ferry ride from one another.
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Caye Caulker, located 20 miles north-northeast of Belize City, is one of the most popular and easily accessible islands in Belize, only an hour away by boat from Belize City or a short 15-minute flight. Caye Caulker, is a small island with a laid back atmosphere, attracting many budget to moderate travelers. The island is roughly 5 miles long and divided by the ‘Split’.
The South area of the island is most populated, with colorful wooden homes, sandy streets, beach bars, restaurants, local craft stores, and street food stalls. While the Northside of the island is mostly mangroves but is now being developed. There is a popular bar on that side being ‘Koko King” where travelers flock to for a day of drinking and relaxing in the sunshine.
Getting around the island is easy. You either bike or walk most places. The island is comprised of three streets which are the Avenida Hicaco (Front Street,) Avenida Langosta ( Middle Street) and Avenida Mangle (Back street). Getting lost is not a thing on this island, as it is so small. When looking for places to stay, there are over 40 accommodation options. Mostly small bed and breakfasts with a few rooms. Spend your time on the island and go slow. Enjoy beautiful beach walks, sunset cruises, fishing, snorkeling, diving, and other marine sports activities.
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Top dive and snorkel sites when in Belize
- Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, and Mexico Rocks
- The Blue Hole
- Glover’s Reef Atoll
- Lighthouse Reef
- South Water Caye Marine Reserve
- Turneffe Atoll
- Gladden Split
- Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve