Explore The Beautiful Islands Of Belize

Belize has roughly 386 km of coastline and approximately 450 islands and islets that stud the Belize barrier reef – the largest in the western hemisphere. The islands are known as cayes, pronounced “keys” and the most popular ones are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.  If you are looking for a soul-stirring experience, below are eight exquisite and picturesque islands of Belize:

 

Glover’s Reef Atoll

 

Glover's Reef Belize

Obviously, diving, snorkeling and fishing are big in Belize’s Islands. However, Glover’s Reef Atoll, the southernmost of Belize’s atolls, might just be the prime destination for Caribbean explorers. The biodiversity in Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve is unmatched; it’s been named a World Heritage Site under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Most of Glover’s Reef residents work at the Wildlife Conservancy’s Marine Research Station, but travelers can stay in dorms, thatched cabins, or camp at the Glover’s Reef Resort. Read More

 

Caye Caulker

 

Caye Caulker Caribean colors

Caye Caulker is Ambergris Caye’s little sister island but it is smaller, laid-back, and popular for backpackers than luxury travelers. Caye Caulker’s attractions might be smaller in scale than Ambergris Caye’s, but they’re just as sweet. There are no cars on Caye Caulker, only golf carts, bikes and foot traffic – which accounts for the “Go Slow” signs affixed to several of the island’s palm trees. There isn’t much in the way of luxury resorts – even the largest hotels only have a dozen rooms or so – but there are plenty of mid-range Caye Caulker hotels, condos and backpacker hostels. Lastly, there aren’t any prime beaches on Caye Caulker; however, “The Split” north of town is great for swimming and socialization, and incredible diving and snorkeling is a quick boat ride away.

 

Lighthouse Reef

 

Blue Hole Belize

The Blue Hole is undoubtedly one of Belize’s – and all Central America’s – most amazing attractions. A part of Lighthouse Reef, the Great Blue Hole is a giant sinkhole made famous by Jacques Cousteau when he named it one of the world’s top ten scuba sites. Most people make the dive on day trips from Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker; however, travelers can also stay in basic cabins on Lighthouse Reef’s Long Caye.

 

St. George’s Caye

 

St George's Caye, Belize

Believe it or not, in the 18th century, the largest settlement in Belize – then known as British Honduras – used to be on St. George’s Caye. In honor of a battle won against the Spanish there in 1798, Belize celebrates St. George’s Caye Daye nationwide on September 10th. Today, the island is home to the luxury St. George’s Caye Resort St.

 

Ambergris Caye

 

Aerial photo of Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye (pronounced am-BUR-gris key) is the largest island in Belize that stretches along the Belize Barrier reef all the way to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. San Pedro is the island’s biggest settlement and is home to many outstanding restaurants, bars, stores and hotels.

Like other Belize cayes, Ambergris Caye is a fantastic destination for water sports, especially snorkeling and scuba di Scuba diving. Many travelers also use the island as a base for exploring other Belize islands, and even attractions on the mainland like Altun Ha and the Belize caves. Read More

 

Tobacco Caye

 

Tobacco Caye Belize

Tobacco Caye isn’t for travelers looking for lively nightlife, five-star accommodations, or any scene other than warm waters, palm trees and a star-streaked sky. The tiny Belize island is home to a population of just twenty-five, give or take, plus how many travelers are residing in the island’s handful of guesthouses at the time. It takes just a minute or two to walk across Tobacco Caye, and a few minutes more to walk around it. On this remote island, the attractions are simple, but super: scuba diving, snorkeling right offshore, dining on the catch of the day, and relaxing in a hammock under the palms. Read More

 

Turneffe Atoll

 

Turneffe Atoll Belize

Due east of Belize City, Turneffe Atoll is the largest atoll in Belize. The atoll is famed for its wall dives, often sought by divers on day trips from Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker. For travelers who wish to linger, there are two high-end resorts on Turneffe Atoll: Turneffe Flats and Turneffe Island Resort. Read More

 

South Water Caye

 

South Water Caye Belize

Like Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye is remote and attracts travelers seeking solace over crowds, and relaxation over resort-style luxury. At fifteen acres, South Water Caye is a bit larger than Tobacco Caye, and boasts a rare sandy beach at its southern end. Read More

 

Which Island is your favorite?

 

About Larry Waight

Larry Waight is a Belizean Blogger and Internet Marketing Strategist who promotes the country of Belize on the internet. He is known for using Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus to promote Belizean culture, cuisine, wildlife and people. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and his internet marketing strategies have been featured on numerous websites and blogs across the internet.