If you’re planning on visiting Belize, it is very likely that one of your top priorities is finding the best beaches in Belize. And I don’t blame you, finding a great beach to unwind and relax as you enjoy the sand between your toes and stare at the crystalline blue waters in Belize is an optimal way to spend your vacation in Belize.
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However, a challenge I’ve found is that many people recommend the top beaches in Belize without taking into consideration the destination as a whole. Yes, travellers want to go to the best beaches in Belize but they’re also looking for great tours, attractions, restaurants and bars to visit. Therefore, here I will list the best beach destinations in Belize.
The Best Beach Destinations in Belize
1. Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest “island” and easily the most popular destination in all of Belize. The island is beautiful and allows easy access to famous tourist attractions such as top dive and snorkel sites. The Caye’s main town is San Pedro and it has a very low-key, laid-back vibe, earning it a devout following of regular travelers who return over and over, and in some cases, they never leave. Here you will probably find the largest number of expats who made the place their permanent home after falling in love with the island.
The best beach area on Ambergris Caye can be found in front of Ramon’s Village, however, Boca del Rio is more accessible and has tons of restaurants and bars along the beach.
Where to Stay: Pelican Reef Villas
2. Caye Caulker
Located around a mile from Belize’s famed Barrier Reef system, the tiny island of Caye Caulker is considered Ambergris Caye’s smaller sibling – the hip younger child that is more carefree and relaxed. It used to be a popular stop for backpackers and budget travelers escaping the higher prices in Ambergris Caye, however, now the services and accommodations that are offered there have improved and the island will soon probably become the most popular beach destination in Belize.
The best beach area on Caye Caulker can be found in front of Koko King, however, The Lazy Lizard at ‘The Split’ is the most popular spot to hang out, swim, and have drinks.
Where to Stay: Caye Reef Condos
Placencia is likely the most popular spots for travelers wanting a coastal spot on Belize’s mainland. Once a sleepy village, the peninsula is now home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the country. Fortunately, its growth spurt has not affected Placencia’s quiet charm and the village remains an awesome getaway spot where golf carts are still a popular mode of transportation. Another option is staying at one of the many nearby islands such as Ranguana Caye or Hatchet Caye.
My favourite beach area in Placencia is in front of the Barefoot Beach Bar, however, Placencia’s coast has the most beautiful beaches in Belize so no matter where you go you won’t be disappointed.
Hopkins evolved from a small fishing village and fortunately retained its seaside charm as it has resisted over-commercialization. At every turn in the village, you will feel the rich Garifuna culture and small village vibe. Highlights in Hopkins include the friendly people, the delicious local food, incredible dive and snorkel sites, and access to exotic nature adventures.
Similar to Placencia, Hopkins has a beautiful coastline and has no shortage of beach areas to choose from.
Where to Stay: Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
5. Glover’s Reef
Glover’s Reef is the southernmost atoll of Belize and is a prime destination for explorers that are seeking a more off the beaten path adventure – such as island hopping on sea kayaks. The cayes were first inhabited by the Mayas, however, it is named after two pirate brothers, John and Rodger Glover, who discovered the island in the 1750s.
As for the best beach spot… all the islands are riddle with them. Once you’re there, just walk around and find the best area you want to kick back and relax.
Where to Stay: Beach Camping with Island Expeditions