Two Lesser-Known Belize Islands You Should Explore

by McNab Editorial Team

The Belize islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are really well-known and for good reason. They are buzzy, offer all the amenities, and are located on the doorstep of Belize’s most beautiful locations. But if you are looking for somewhere a bit more off-the-beaten-track, then add these two Belize islands to your itinerary.

South Water Caye


Looking out onto Carrie Bow Caye from South Water Caye. Image courtesy Carolee Chanona

Just a 35-minute boat ride from Dangriga, this 15-acre coral caye sits within Belize’s largest marine reserve. Practically atop Belize’s barrier reef, the island is an incredible location for all water activities. Snorkel just off the shore or dive into some of the most spectacular wall dives and ocean drop-offs. Swimming, kayaking, and fishing are just some of the other water activities. For those that want to stay for more than just a day, try Blue Marlin Beach Resort.

Come as strangers, leave as friends and family.

This family-run resort lives by the motto ‘come as strangers, leave as family.’ They’ve been in the business for over 30 years. So, they know the island (and the art of hospitality) better than anyone. Rooms have seafront views and are very comfortable. Also, there is an on-site restaurant serving home-cooked dishes and a full-service PADI center. Guests can choose to pack their day full of activities, or simply do nothing at all. Besides, the resort has free kayaks, paddleboards, and an abundance of other island activities.

For more information, or to book this hotel, visit their website.

Ray Caye

Imagine the Caribbean before it got crowded. That’s the tagline for this private island. Located on the edge of the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in Southern Belize, Ray Caye is literally a stone’s throw away from the reef. The island has a limited number of guests at any time, so it is easy to play, explore and relax in the Belize island lifestyle any way you want. Cabanas sit just on the ocean and are luxuriously appointed. Of course, there is a dive shop on the island. As well as a host of other outdoor activities. The Lionfish Grill serves up fresh seafood all day and some of the best cocktails – our tip is to try the frozen coconut mojito.

For more information, or to book this hotel, visit their website. To discover more Belize islands, visit our comprehensive destination guide.

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