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Belize Cayes & Island Getaways

 

There are several hundred cayes, or small islands, off the coast of Belize.

 

The largest of these is Ambergris Caye, which is Belize’s premier caye destination. It boasts beautiful beaches, posh resorts, numerous dive shops, restaurants, nightlife and more. The sleepy little fishing town of San Pedro is the main hub and home to a population of just 7,000 with a handful of restaurants and souvenir shops. The island is best known for scuba diving and snorkeling, and there are numerous dive shops to choose from, but it is also possible to enjoy other activities there such as windsurfing, fishing and birdwatching on the island.

 

Caye Caulker is a smaller island south of Ambergris. A quieter, more tranquil island, it is also less expensive and therefore popular with divers on a budget. Although the permanent population of the island is only about 1,300, there are fifty-seven hotels, with a total of 887 rooms! It offers the same activities as Ambergris Caye: scuba and snorkeling as well as fishing, sailing, manatee-watching tours and birdwatching. Over 100 species of birds have been sighted on Caye Caulker.

 

Laughing Bird Caye is a small atoll with a deep offshore shelf which makes for outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving. The Caye is named for the laughing gulls, which used to populate the island in great numbers. Their population is dwindling, but conservationists hope with the new reserve they will return.









By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
24 Nov 2006

Things to do in Belize Cayes & Island Getaways

Hol Chan Marine Park

106903This trip offers some of the best and most varied snorkelling on the entire East coast of Central America. Most tours, which include an in-sea guide, covering three sites-the Coral Gardens off Caye ...
Diving
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker Reserve

106907This is a cheaper option if you cannot afford to splash out on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Most trips come with an in-sea guide and visit three sites, but you get what you pay for and because the ...
Diving
Caye Caulker, Belize

Night Snorkel

The reef is one thing in the day but it is a different world at night as different creatures come out to play. While the colourful reef fish drop off to sleep, the parrot fish cover themselves in ...
Diving
Caye Caulker, Belize

Turneffe Islands

If you want to get away from the crowds, then you want to go to Turneffe Islands. This trip takes you outside the reef that surrounds Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye and out into the blue. Beware the ...
Boating
Caye Caulker, Belize

Manatee Watching

Belize is one of the best places to find these massive, lovable, but timid "sea cow" creatures, but even then you don't get to see much of them. They are more numerous in the Southern Lagoon at Gales ...
Diving
Caye Caulker, Belize
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