Goff’s Caye Closes To Visitors Until October 2022 For Reconstruction

by Carolee Chanona

The one-acre sand barrier island Goff’s Caye, popular for island hoppers and cruise ship guests alike, officially closes visitation until October 2022. Goff’s Caye is currently under reconstruction, and as such, the island is off-limits to visitors. Found approximately 12 nautical miles east of Belize City, Goff’s Caye’s natural beauty, white sandy beach, and well-developed coral reef formation are considered to be the best in the central province.


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The temporary closure is necessary to facilitate improvements to the island through infrastructural works and other upgrades under the implementation of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Coastal Vulnerability Reduction Programme with the Government of Belize.

Once completed, these upgrades will improve the visitor experience for both local and foreign tourists and will contribute significantly to the long-term sustainability of the island for present and future generations.


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The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH), through the Project Execution Unit, and in collaboration with the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), announces its closure in a press release on May 5, 2022. Within, the ministry outlines the works to be completed while Goff’s Caye closes. That includes demolition of the existing pier, construction of a new pier, new palapa, new bathroom facilities, and other amenities. The MIDH and CZMAI thank the public in advance for their support, cooperation, and patience during this time.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on May 11, 2022. The ministry reassures project success, which is slated to end on October 25, and its commitment to the people of Belize.

Header image courtesy Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI).

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