Belize Island Vacation Destinations

Belize is home to some of the best islands in Central America. A range of cayes such as Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker stud its Caribbean coastline, and many of them are just a short boat ride off the mainland. These islands will offer you the postcard-perfect holiday you've always dreamed of. Attractive beaches line the shoreline and bountiful reefs, including Glover's Reef Atoll (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), offer up wonderful snorkeling and scuba opportunities.

Ambergris Caye Belize
Ambergris Caye

Caribbean Islands

Make sure to book snorkeling trips to popular spots like Mexico Rocks and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. As the name suggests, Hol Chan’s Shark Ray Alley makes it possible to swim with manta rays and sharks. On the northern end of the island, visit the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

More serious divers should make the Belize Blue Hole a priority. If diving isn't your thing, consider taking a flying tour that allows you to see its deep blue color from above. The Belize Barrier Reef is another incredible diving spot — besides reefs, this UNESCO World Heritage zone also protects mangroves and estuaries.

Choose from a hotel next to the beach with a dock where you can swim, or opt for a more luxurious option with a private beach.

Caye Caulker Belize
Caye Caulker

Caribbean Islands

Consider renting a bike to see the island’s sights, including the mangroves on the south side of the island. You'll also want to spend plenty of time at “The Split” — the break between the two sides of the island where you wade in clear water or simply admire the scenery from the sunny dock.

This island has the laidback, hippy vibes that you look for in an island getaway. As you walk along the main drag, you'll find lots of options for seafood and watersport rentals. This area also has convenient budget accommodations, as well as more upscale options farther from the main road.