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South Water Caye Marine Reserve
Covering nearly 118,000 acres (47,750 ha), the South Water Caye Marine Reserve is the the largest marine reserve in Belize. It is also one of the most accessible from the mainland, with the western edge located just 10 miles (16 km) from the mainland. With lagoons, palm fringed islands, and mangroves, the reserve is home to a wide range of species. Visitors encounter beautiful reef fish, stingrays, and seabirds. Less common but still possible are sightings of sharks, manatees, and crocodiles.