Find Fun and Relaxation on This Private Island in Southern Belize

by Megan Rodden
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The ultimate island vacation is closer than you think and better than you can imagine. Ray Caye Private Island Resort in Southern Belize is the perfect place to escape it all, relax and recharge, and have tropical fun under the Caribbean sun. Just 18 miles from the coast of the Placencia Peninsula, Ray Caye is a secluded haven of white sand, swaying palm trees, and a handful of beautifully comfortable cabanas.

Surrounded by turquoise water teeming with life, you are a stone’s throw from Belize’s barrier reef and some of the top dive spots in the region. Understated elegance, personalized service, and unparalleled natural beauty await visitors. If you’re searching for a resort that offers the perfect balance of both fun and relaxation, then you can’t do better than Ray Caye.


Ray Caye. Image via Duarte Dellarole

Get Away From The Crowds and Get Into “Island Time”

Choosing a private island vacation is taking the road less traveled– in fact, there are no roads on Ray Caye, only stone footpaths through sandy gardens. This is getting away from it all in the truest sense of the phrase. Ray Caye offers seclusion, serenity, and total escape from everyday stress.

Break away from routine, turn off your devices, and tune in to your inner peace. Leave your worries and obligations on the mainland; let the rhythmic lapping of the waves relax you. This is a place of peace and restoration for your mind and body, where it is easy to unplug and unwind.

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Soothe your soul and indulge your senses with whatever means speak to you: a leisurely swim in the crystal-clear sea, a massage or treatment at the spa, a workout in the fitness center, or quiet reflection in the yoga studio. Being on “island time” means never having to stick to rigid schedules. Do as you please, even if that means doing nothing at all.


Infinity pools blend into the Caribbean Sea at Ray Caye. Image courtesy Duarte Dellarole

This Private Island Was Built for Fun

By nature, Ray Caye is peaceful- a place to relax- but by design, the resort is built for fun. The crystalline sea and pristine coral reefs beckon to you—pulling you from your hammock like a strong tide. Mother Nature has provided an extraordinary aquatic playground and Ray Caye has all the toys and equipment for you to make the most of it.

Paddleboards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, and a complete Dive Shop and Center are at your disposal. Whether you’re an experienced diver or discovering scuba for the first time, the resort’s mission is to provide unprecedented underwater experiences.

The Pirate Reef Dive Center has a comprehensive inventory of equipment (no need to clutter your suitcase!) and an immense catalogue of incredible sites to show you. Adventurers that are too timid to dive deep will be equally awed by the snorkeling opportunities and encounters with nurse sharks and sea turtles on the surface of the shallow water.

The young and the young at heart will flip for Ray Caye’s saltwater slide. At the end of a long wooden dock, a double swim deck rises 2 stories above the tranquil, tepid sea. Take the plunge- if you dare- off the top platform and make a splash. The water slide is surprisingly fast and majorly fun. You’ll think your giggles are contagious when the gulls circling the sky above join in the chorus of laughter.

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Dive into the Caribbean Sea at Ray Caye! Photo by Kevin Quischan Photography.

Find Your Happy Place on Ray Caye

Ray Caye Resort will be your “happy place.” A place where your mind is at ease, your spirit refreshed, and your heart filled with joy. This private island retreat spoils you with simple pleasures: delicious and nourishing Belizean cuisine, beautiful weather and luxurious accommodations, awesome activities and memorable experiences. The perfect balance of fun and relaxation can be found at Ray Caye Island Resort.

Featured photo by Kevin Quischan Photography (@belizemytravels). All other photos courtesy of Ray Caye Private Island Resort unless captioned otherwise. 

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