Why Ray Caye is a Must-Visit Dive Resort in Belize

by Carolee Chanona

If you’d like to spend a few days away from it all—like 18 miles from Placencia’s civilization—we know a place. Ray Caye, the first resort in the world to install a TESLA Powerwall solar energy system, is the Caribbean escape you’ve been waiting for. Luxury blends with an elixir of ease on this seven-acre, eco-friendly, off-the-grid island resort; the 20-room property hosts no more than 50 guests. Yes, you’re on vacation but there’s a certain allure with carving out your own schedule. You probably swore to sleep in on vacation. However, the fresh cup of coffee delivered to your villa beckons an audience; how about the flickering sun illuminating the Caribbean Sea at dawn? Similarly, you probably planned to spend time aimlessly inside your personal plunge pool within eye’s reach of the white-sand beach with a book. But what about diving the doorstep of the Western Caribbean?

Although, I’ll be clear: You can come to Ray Caye and do nothing. You can do the absolute self-indulgent minimum and consider that adventure enough. But, don’t count yourself out. You are on the base camp to a thalassophile’s dream of diving, angling, snorkeling, and general castaway life, but in a quietly luxurious way. After all, you’re on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef.

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Candido, aka Rasta, paints a vivid – and convincing – diving experience at Ray Caye’s Pirate Reef Dive Shop. Photo by Leonardo Melendez Photography

Diving on the Caribbean rim with Pirate Reef Dive Shop 

Located on the edge of the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in Belize, Ray Caye is literally a stones throw away from the reef as an ideal location for world class fishing and diving trips. Take advantage of the resort’s onsite PADI certified Pirate Reef Divers by getting dive certified or booking an unforgettable dive package. Besides, scuba diving lets you interact with marine life like no other, while soaking in the healing effects of saltwater. When we breathe throughout a dive, we tend to breathe slowly and deeply, similar to the breathing we do whilst meditating. Breathe easy knowing your island and dive escape is roughly an hour away on your own slice of paradise: Ray Caye Island Resort.

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Photos courtesy Ray Caye
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Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole

Safety standards, savings for 2021 and more 

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This could be your morning view at Ray Caye. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Enjoy the same ambiance guests have come to expect at Ray Caye – whether you dive or not. Book by December 2020 to receive 30% off, or receive 20% off when booking for 2021. Learn more about how Ray Caye Island Resort has adjusted to cater to the romantics seeking tranquility, the seasoned social distancer, sun-kissed adventure seeker, and everyone in between. Visit raycaye.com for more information.

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