The Cayes and Atolls: Places to Explore


  • Ambergris Caye and San Pedro

    At 25 miles (40 km) long and 4½ miles (7 km) wide at its widest point, Ambergris is the queen of the cayes. On early maps it was often referred to as Costa de Ambar, or the Amber Coast, a name...

  • Caye Caulker

    A half-hour away from San Pedro by water taxi and sharing essentially the same reef and sea ecosystems, Caye Caulker is very different from its big sister island, Ambergris Caye. It's smaller...

  • Glover's Reef Atoll

    Named after the pirate John Glover, this coral necklace strung around an 80-square-mile (208-square-km) lagoon is the southernmost of Belize's three atolls. There are five islands at the atoll....

  • Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the Blue Hole, and Half Moon Caye

    If Robinson Crusoe had been a man of means, he would have repaired here for a break from his desert island.

    Lighthouse Reef is about 18 miles (29 km) long and less than 1 mile (2 km) wide and is...

  • Southern Cayes Off Placencia and Southern Coast

    A few miles off the coast of southern Stann Creek District are several small islands with equally small tourism operations. If Placencia and Hopkins aren't far enough away from civilization for...

  • South Water Caye

    This is one of our favorite underrated spots in Belize. The 15-acre South Water Caye has good off-the-beaten-reef diving and snorkeling in a stunning tropical setting, and the beach at the...

  • St. George's Caye

    Just a stone's throw from Belize City, St. George’s Caye is steeped in history. The country of Belize had its origins here, as St. George's Caye held the original British settlement's first...

  • Tobacco Caye

    Tobacco Caye is at the northern tip of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, a 62-square-mile (160-square-km) reserve that's popular for diving and fishing and has some of the most beautiful...

  • Turneffe Atoll

    The largest of the three atolls, Turneffe, is the closest to Belize City. It's one of the best spots for diving, thanks to several steep drop-offs. Only an hour from Lighthouse Reef and 45 minutes...


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