Belize is a small country with 386km of coastline, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.
With an abundant variety of marine life, it offers a diversity of islands to explore and relax on warm shores, or bask on white sandy beaches and enjoy perfect sunsets.
Are you looking for some marine adventures? Here are the top 10 islands in Belize that you should visit in 2020.
A region located on the southern tip of Belize. It’s a destination known for its laid-back attitude and easy-going vibes. The coastline of Placencia is just miles of sandy beaches and tropical weather. Placencia is found between lagoons full of dense mangroves on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. You can stay at Belize Ocean Club Resort and enjoy a sea view in the morning and have dinner at the lagoon dock, in other words, the best of two worlds in the same spot. Turtle Inn is another fantastic hotel that allows you access to beautiful beachfront.
Known as a fishing village, Hopkins has one of the most natural beaches in Belize. Since there is very little development, everything feels fresh and pure, especially the warm white sand beaches, bordered with coconut trees and palms. Due to the local Garifuna culture, there is a very relaxed ambiance and charm to this village.
3. Silk Cayes
Are located east of Placencia Village, and are relatively small, but ideal for those that seek a little personal space and comfort away from everything. Take your icebox and towel and enjoy this quiet and paradisiac island for the day.
4. Caye Caulker
This destination feels like paradise. One of the reasons this place is so peaceful is that there is very little traffic, everyone navigates by using a golf cart, bicycle or simply by walking.
Here you can find unique marine life with the barrier reef a few feet away offering many options for diving and snorkeling. If you prefer to stay on land, the beaches offer plenty of options for food and activity, or simply to relax.
5. Ambergris Caye
This island known as “Isla Bonita”, because of Madonna’s song, is one of the busiest spots in Belize. You will find a variety of bars, restaurants, and hotels to choose from. It all depends on what you are looking for. You can book a day trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve which has an amazing natural aquarium or snorkel along the reef and be back in time for karaoke night.
6. Secret Beach
It is a remote spot on the North side of Ambergris Caye, with lots of amenities like beach bars, Wi-Fi and food. You can spend the whole day hanging out under the palapas, swimming in the calm warm water, or relaxing at the bar.
7. Glover’s Reef
It is a stunning, uniquely formed elliptical reef with exceptional biodiversity. It is considered the richest marine environment in the entire Caribbean Sea. You can dive, kayak and snorkel surrounded with all the beauty of the marine life.
8. Laughing Bird Caye
An island located in the southernmost part of the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the best spots for snorkeling in the region. The perfect climate of the island, as well as the proximity to the reef, has made this spot rich in marine life.
9. Sapodilla Cayes
Is a system of several uninhabited islands that have some of the finest and clearest waters in the Caribbean. In its water you’ll find an incredible array of biodiversity; pristine and practically untouched beaches, even interesting landmarks like lighthouses. Definitely, the best way to explore these islands is by kayaking. However, diving and snorkeling are the best activities due to the crystal-clear waters.
10. Goff’s Caye
A private small island off the shore of Belize City, it is located on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, with waters to the south and east being only 0.6 to 3 meters deep. Goff’s Caye is registered as an archaeological site because, as far back as the early colonizers, it was known as a convenient rest stop located not far from the mainland.
For your days at the beach bring a full-sized beach towel and a GoPro for underwater action photography.
Written by: Cristina Reyna
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