The Best Beach Destinations in Belize

Estel's Dine By the Sea is San Pedro's most popular breakfast restaurant
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If you’re planning on visiting Belize, it’s very likely that one of your top priorities is finding the best beach towns in Belize. And I don’t blame you, finding a great beach destination to unwind and relax — as you enjoy the sand between your toes and stare at the Caribbean Sea — is an optimal way to spend your vacation.

Related: Top Beach Resorts in Belize and Best Beach Bars in Belize

However, a challenge I’ve found is that many people recommend the top beaches and hotels in Belize without considering the area as a whole. Yes, travelers want to go to the most beautiful beaches, but they also want to be near top tourist attractions. Therefore, here I will list the best places to go for a well-rounded beach vacation.

1. Ambergris Caye

San Pedro beachfront near Estels Dine by the Sea

Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest “island” and easily the most popular destination in Belize. The island is beautiful and allows easy access to famous 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 American expats who made the place their permanent home.

Secret Beach is the best beach spot on Ambergris Caye, however, the natural beaches in downtown San Pedro, in particular, in the Boca del Rio neighbourhood and in front of Ramon’s Village are more accessible and have lively restaurants and bars.

Where to Stay: Pelican Reef Villas

2. Caye Caulker

Front Street Beach in Caye Caulker

Located about a mile way from Belize’s famed Barrier Reef, 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 escaping Ambergris Caye’s higher prices, however, now that accommodations and amenities have improved, its visitors are a bit more diverse. The island will probably soon become the most popular island in Belize.

The best beach area in Caye Caulker is “The Split” where you can find the famous Lazy Lizard Bar. No one can visit or live on the Caye Caulker and not end up there at the end of the day. The Northside Beach Club is also a hip spot to hang out.

Where to Stay: Caye Reef Condos

3. Placencia

Beach area in front of Tipsy Tuna Bar in Placencia

Placencia is likely the most popular beach spot for travelers wanting a coastal destination on Belize’s mainland. Once a sleepy Creole village, the Placencia Peninsula is now home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the country. Fortunately, its growth spurt has not affected its quiet charm and it remains an awesome beach town 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.

Where to Stay: Chabil Mar Villas

4. Hopkins

Aerial view of Hopkins

Hopkins is a beautiful Garifuna village of about 2,000 people in southern Belize that is filled with raw sugar-like beaches. At every turn in the village, you can feel the rich Garifuna culture and relaxed Caribbean vibes. Known as an eco-cultural hotspot in Belize, along with friendly locals and nice beaches, highlights in Hopkins include delicious local food, incredible dive and snorkel sites, and easy access to exotic jungle 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

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. 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 riddled 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



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