Belize’s Great Barrier Reef is only a 10-minute boat ride from Ambergris Caye, allowing divers to come back to shore between dives to relax at their hotel instead of idling the time away on boat – which can be dull!
Will, Original Traveller
Belize has a lot to offer as an emerging beach destination, with miles of white sandy beaches, boutique hotels, gin-clear waters and local restaurants. Soak up the lively Caribbean spirit with a good book on the beach, or take advantage of the abundance of activities on offer such as biking, snorkelling and sailing. The coast of Belize is also a world class dive destination, with most of the diving organised as day trips.
Why we think you’ll love it
- White sand and Caribbean Sea - what's not to love?
- Head to Placencia Lagoon to see some of the few remaining manatees - 500 kgs water-faring sea cows - in the wild
From the gallery
Our guide to holidays in The Belizean Coast
The southern coast of Belize is still relatively undiscovered, and we have sought out the hidden gems that make the most of the stunning coastline.
Offshore, most of the best dive sites are an hour or so away by the fast comfortable boats and consequently are really day trips. Laughing Bird Cay, a submerged atoll, is half that distance, and used for shorter trips and night dives. It is home to two rare toadfish, endemic to Belize, and some inquisitive lemon and nurse shark.
Further inland, the area contains some extremely well preserved rainforest and National Parks, such as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to rare species such as the red eye tree frog, and was created specifically for the elusive jaguar. In addition, many of the towns in this area have a strong Garifuna community and tours can be arranged.