It is relatively safe to swim at beaches in Belize. That being said, there are some types of marine wildlife to avoid.
When you visit Belize’s most popular beaches — at Placencia, Maya Beach, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker — you’ll find clear, shallow water that makes for easy swimming and snorkeling. One the cayes visitors usually go swimming from off a pier, as the water right next to the shore is sometimes full of seagrass.
Keep an eye out for poisonous stonefish in the shallows. Stonefish are the most venomous fish in the world, and can inflict an incredibly painful wound. Other animals to avoid include jellyfish, stingrays, and the enormous Portuguese man-of-war. Coral reefs have sharp edges, so be careful not to accidentally touch them. Reefs can also shelter dangerous fish, like scorpion fish.
While you’re diving or snorkeling, make sure to follow your guide’s instructions about how to share the water with sharks and other sea creatures. With an experienced guide, you’ll greatly reduce your chance of having a dangerous encounter.
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