Fodor's Expert Review Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Laughing Bird Caye National Park

This superb little national park lies off the coast of the Placencia Peninsula, and its boosters insist that it, not Belize’s northern cayes, has the best beach in the country. The atoll takes its name from the laughing gull (Larus articilla), which used to nest extensively here. Visitation by humans has pushed the gulls’ nesting to other nearby islets, but you’ll still see the birds in abundance here, as well as green herons and brown pelicans. Local boaters in Placencia Village can take you to the park for BZ$80 to BZ$200 round-trip. The Friends of Laughing Bird Caye, the park’s private administrators, can also help you get here.

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Placencia Village, Stann Creek  Belize

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