Top Islands in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

Belize has over 200 islands and choosing one to visit may be difficult but we are making it easier with our top pick!

Photo Courtesy: Leonardo Melendez

Tobacco Caye

Tobacco Caye, located ten miles East of Dangriga, is a small Belizean-style vacation property with six private beach cabanas. Each deck has a hammock and offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The water is ideal for scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling. A restaurant and bar can also be found on the island, providing delicious local meals and tropical drinks.

Half Moon Caye

Half Moon Caye is an island and natural monument of Belize located at the South East corner of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This unusually shaped parcel of land erupting from the sea has an asymmetric shape surrounded by a fringe of reef to create a platform that safeguards a tranquil lagoon. The waters surrounding the island are crystal clear making it a world-class destination for snorkeling, swimming and diving. You will be able to see an abundant of marine-life, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda and eels.

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Goff’s Caye

Another choice is Goff’s Caye, a small island off the shore of Belize City in the central region of the Belize Barrier Reef. The island has been a part of the Belizean heritage for many years and is also registered as an archaeological site due to its Colonial era settlement. Some of the most spectacular snorkeling in Belize happens just a short swim off the white soft sandy beach of Goffs Caye. Due to its location, you will be able to discover a community of resident corals, sting-rays, an abundance of colorful fish and much more.

Ray Caye

Sitting on the edge of the speed boat with feet dangling near the surface, you contemplate jumping into the warm iridescent waters just out of reach. With the sun high in the sky, the midday heat sets in, and your skin begins to bronze. The water is so clear you could look through it like glass. Below, the transparent ocean teems with fish. Enormous sea turtles graze on the seagrass that sways back and forth with the tide. A number of nurse sharks dance through the waters, while stingrays and spotted eagle rays soar as effortlessly as the birds above. The water is active and alive. Anyone would have their breath taken away by watching the scene unfold before them. A short helicopter or boat ride from the nearby village of Placencia, Ray Caye is an oasis of relaxation – an ideal balance of rest and activity. Paradise found.

Ambergris Caye

Certainly, we couldn’t miss this famous island. Also known as “La Isla Bonita”, Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize. The capital and hotspot of the island is San Pedro. The island is 25 miles long and approximately a mile wide. It is also a quarter mile from the Barrier Reef. Ambergris Caye is one of the more famous vacation destinations in the country. With sandy beaches, reef views, a dizzying array of restaurants and bars plus activities in and out of the water – getting to know La Isla Bonita in just one day can be a special feat. The island can keep you busy from morning to late night – it’s no wonder Madonna sang about it!

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Turneffe Island

It is 30 miles east of Belize City and is a small island that has a handful of private resorts. The island is popular for the largest coral reef atoll in Belize. The attraction of this island is also the sandy beaches and the crystal clear water. Divers and Snorkelers enjoy this island because of the unique experience under water with the marine life.

Caye Caulker

Roughly five miles long, the focal point of this destination is the beautiful Caribbean Sea. It’s divided by a narrow channel called the Split, a popular swimming area and you can have a taste of the famous lizard juice. From the beach, you almost feel like the reef is just a stone throw away.Caye caulker’s town motto is “go slow” for a reason. Once a fishing village, the island has created its own very special brand of laidback tourism. Always a highlighted Belize Destination, unhurried developments blend with the natural beauty and culture of this Caye creating a unique island vibration.

South Water Caye

An island less than half a mile long with a unique white sandy beach, tropical trees and plants that is surrounded by crystal clear water. It is a part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve and snorkelers enjoy this Caye for the abundant marine life all around the island.

Written by CC+L editorial team

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