Top Beach Destinations in Belize

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Beach camping at Glovers Reef @IslandExpeditions

If you’re planning on visiting Belize, it is very likely that your top priority is finding a great beach location to unwind, relax, and enjoy the sand between your toes and the cool sea breeze against your face as you stare at crystalline blue waters. This desire is very natural, after all, many people believe that Belize is actually a Caribbean island.

Well, if you’re interested in finding the best beach destination in Belize, you’ve come to the right place because below I will list 5 of the top beach destinations in the country.

Best Beach Destinations in Belize

1. Ambergris Caye

Sunrise in Ambergris Caye, Belize

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.

2. Caye Caulker

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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.

3. Placencia

placencia beach at Chabil Mar

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.

4. Hopkins

Aerial view of Hopkins

Hopkins evolved from a small fishing village and fortunately retained its seaside charm as it 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.

5. Glover’s Reef Atoll

southwest caye in glovers 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. After all, although it was first inhabited by the Mayas, it is named after two pirate brothers, John and Rodger Glover, who discovered the island in the 1750s.




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