If you think you’ve seen all the beautiful beaches in the world, you may be in for a surprise when you visit Belize. With more than 200 miles of coastline on the Caribbean Sea and hundreds of offshore islands, Belize has some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world.
Whether your idea of the perfect beach is an isolated stretch of sugar white sand or a fun-filled coastline where you can enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, and fishing, Belize has a beach that’s right for you. Many of Belize’s beaches are located inside protected conservation areas, allowing visitors to enjoy unspoiled coastlines and impossibly beautiful panoramic views of the sea.
Many of Belize’s most popular beaches lie inside the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to an astonishingly diverse marine ecosystem that includes sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, sharks, rays, and vast schools of colorful fish.
One of the most popular beach areas of Belize is the Placencia Peninsula. Often called the Caye (island) you can drive to, Placencia is 16 miles of golden sand beaches on a narrow strip of land in southeastern Belize. Far from the maddening crowds of Ambergris Caye, Placencia has successfully retained much of its old-world idyllic charm as a quaint fishing community.
Caye Caulker is a small island (all islands in Belize are called “cayes”) just a few miles offshore from Belize City and a 30-minute boat ride from Ambergris Caye. Often known as “backpacker’s island,” Caye Caulker has a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere where you can always find a beach barbecue. Caye Caulker also has lagoons with transparent water that make it an ideal place to enjoy snorkeling and swimming.
Located just a few miles offshore of southern Belize lie the Silk Caye Marine Reserve. Consisting of three small islands spread out along a huge network of atolls and coral reefs, the Silk Cayes are ideal places to enjoy scuba diving. First-time and beginner divers love the Silk Cayes because of the lack of sharp dropoffs and abundance of colorful marine life in the shallow waters.
If you’re looking for an amazing beach vacation, be sure to book your trip with Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Located in the heart of the Belizean rainforest, Caves Branch offers jungle and sea Belize vacations to allow visitors to enjoy the best of both worlds.