Cayes and Atolls
Over 200 white sand islands, locally known as cayes (pronounced keys) dot the turquoise waters off the length of Belizes coast, each unique whether by its location – inside the reef, on the reef or, on an atoll outside the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef. The larger islands in the north support charming towns and villages while elsewhere on the 185 mile barrier reef, smaller private islands provide exclusive getaways.
Ambergris Caye, the most northerly and largest of islands off the coast of Belize is a base for world-class diving and snorkeling just offshore. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is home to large schools of colorful fish and its clear, shallow waters and prevailing winds are ideal for fishing, windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing. Hotels, condominiums and vacation rentals in San Pedro Town and along the water’s edge of the whole island offer an eclectic choice of accommodations that are complemented by sophisticated international cuisine in beachside restaurants and local cafes serving traditional Belizean food. The streets of San Pedro bustle with local artists and craftsmen and contribute to the captivating atmosphere.
The epitome of the “laid back island” lifestyle, Caye Caulker is located 21 miles northeast of Belize City and the second largest inhabited island in Belize. Front Street is lined with brightly-colored wooden houses interspersed with shops, restaurants and small hotels and everywhere, friendly islanders will make you feel at home.
Highlights Of The Islands And Cayes:
Nurse Sharks and Rays of Shark Ray Alley
Abundant marine life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Manatee of Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary
Red Footed Booby Birds of Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
The exquisite Atolls of Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe and Glovers Reef
Snorkeling off the beach in South Water Marine Reserve
Whalesharks off Gladden Spit
World Class Fishing off Punta Ycacos Lagoon
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