Glovers Reef Atoll: An Isolated Paradise in Belize

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Seeking isolation? Belize is the perfect place to experience remote paradises and far-flung destinations. Glovers Reef Atoll, found 45 miles from the mainland, is a pristine, castaway experience to enjoy. 

What Is an Atoll?

An atoll is a ring-shaped coral island made up of reef surrounding a lagoon. In the Western Hemisphere, there are 4 atolls and Belize is home to three. Glovers Reef Atoll sits southwest, off the coast of Dangriga TownThis pristine atoll is remote, with the most transparent water that’s teeming with marine life.  It got its name from two pirate brothers, John and Rodger Glover who, in the 1750s, used it as a base from which they plundered Spanish merchant ships. This was their refuge and a hiding place for all their spoils. 

What Glovers Reef Is Like Today

Within the atoll, there are a number of islands where visitors can enjoy sea kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving. This Belize attraction is off the beaten track and away from the crowds. However, it is truly ideal for adventure seekers.

At 90 square miles, 700 patch reefs can be found inside Glovers Reef Atoll. It sits surrounded by 50 miles of sheer drop-offs, which start at 25 feet and drop straight down to 2,700 feet.

Venture 45 miles from mainland Belize to discover this isolated paradise. 

Featured photo courtesy ROEming Belize Travel Agency. This article was published in July 2020. 

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