Caribbean Islands

Belize

The Caribbean Islands are the epicenter of Belize’s tourism industry and are undoubtedly the country’s biggest draw. This region is home to the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that runs down the entire length of the country and is the second largest barrier reef system in the world. With seven different protected areas and dozens of island atolls, the Caribbean Islands of Belize are a playground for ocean lovers who want to get up close to the reef and its marine life.

Ambergris Caye, the largest, most populated island lies in the northern waters of Belize and is a stop on a majority of itineraries. A variety of accommodations from hostels and simple guest houses to luxurious exclusive resorts dot the eastern shore of the island, providing something for all budgets. Tourists who are looking to be in the center of the action stay in the island’s main town of San Pedro, which is also home to a majority of the island’s 17,000 residents who stem from Mayan, Creole, Garifuna, and Mexican heritages. In San Pedro, golf carts, beach cruisers, and taxi cabs buzz down the busy cobblestone streets. The town’s oceanfront streets are lined with shops selling artisan goods, such as locally produced chocolate and art, tour operators, and dozens of restaurants serving both local and international cuisine. San Pedro is also the center of Belize's nightlife and live music scene, with a handful of bars that stay open well into the night. In order to find the best beaches on the island, visitors must venture to one of the resorts north or south of San Pedro.

Thirty minutes south of Ambergris Caye by boat is Caye Caulker. This small mangrove island boasts slow island living at its finest with its 1,300 residents. Unlike Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has few private resorts. Instead, modest guest houses and small hotels along the main oceanfront drag make up a majority of the accommodation offerings. There are only dirt roads and because of the island’s size, it is very easy to get around by bicycle or on foot. While there are no cars on the island, golf carts are available. Walking down the street you will be greeted by tour operators as you pass thatched roof shops selling jewelry, fresh coconuts, and local art. The island’s main attraction is the Split, a large open-air reggae bar with a busy wooden dock that attracts sunbathers and swimmers. Neither Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker provide much in terms of snorkeling. For that, visitors must make the quick 20–30 minute boat trip out to the Belize Barrier Reef. Here there are fantastic opportunities to swim with nurse sharks, sea turtles, jacks, and other marine life in a protected marine reserve.

Moving south, island destinations in Belize become much more remote. Most islands are uninhabited and the Caribbean landscape consists of beautiful atolls, mangrove islands, turquoise water, and thriving marine life. On islands with accommodations there are no services beyond what is provided by the resorts, except for Tobacco Caye, which has a small local population. Popular destinations include South Water Caye Marine Reserve for its close proximity to Dangriga, Glovers Reef Atoll for its safari-like camping, and Turneffe Islands for its first-class beach bungalows. All of the islands offer immediate access to a variety of ocean-based recreational activities. A majority of visitors to these islands have a strong interest in scuba diving, as well as in fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling.

No visit to Belize is complete without visiting at least one of the islands in the Caribbean. With easy domestic flights, express ferries, and local fishermen willing to transport guests, island hopping around the Caribbean offers visitors easy access to beachside relaxation, world class marine life, and local island culture.

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Belize Attractions

Heres a list of Belize's Amazing Sights and Attractions

Attractions
Destinations
Flora Fauna
Flora Fauna
 

Rhinoceros Beetle

 

House Gecko

 

Monkey Tail (Guaba chilillo)

 

Glass Frog

 

Common Basilisk

 

Spectacled Caiman

 

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

 

Leatherback Turtle

 

Fishing Bulldog Bat

 

Scarlet Macaw

 

Long-tailed Hermit

 

Boa Constrictor

 

Olingo

 

Common Dolphin

 

Spiny Green Lizard

 

Leaf-Cutter Ant

 

Puma

 

Blue-jeans Frog or Strawberry Poison-dart Frog

 

Millipede

 

Resplendent Quetzal

 

Monarch Butterfly

 

Magnificent Frigatebird

 

Jaguar

 

Green Page Moth

 

Two-Toed Sloth

 

Fer-de-Lance

 

Green Heron

 

Bare-necked Umbrellabird

 

Turquoise-browed Motmot

 

Agouti

 

Ocelot

 

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

 

Coati

 

Red-Eyed Leaf (Tree) Frog

 

American Crocodile

 

Baird's Tapir

 

Owl Butterfly

 

Tonka Bean Tree

 

Keel-billed Toucan

 

Vampire Bat

 

Humpback Whale

 

Barbachele

 

Spider Monkey

 

Ground Anole

 

Brown Pelican

 

Mantled Howler Monkey

 

Tarantula

 

Army Ant

 

Arboreal Termites

 

Giant Toad or Cane Toad

 

Kinkajou

 

Pacific Spotted Dolphin

 

Golden Orb Weaver

 

Great Green Macaw

 

White-Faced or Capuchin Monkey

 

Glasswing Butterfly

 

Armadillo

 

Pink Shower Tree

 

Stinking Toe Tree

 

White Leadtree

 

Fiery-billed Aracari and Collared Aracari

 

Ice Cream Bean Tree

 

Margay

 

Walking Stick

 

Long-tailed Manakin

 

Tayra

 

Green Turtle

 

Brilliant Forest Frog

 

Assassin Bugs and Kissing Bugs

 

Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata)

 

Common Tink Frog

 

Zopilota

 

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

 

Narrow-headed Vine Snake

 

Collared Peccary

 

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

 

Oncilla

 

Jaguarundi

 

Orca, Killer Whale

 

Milk Frog

 

Elephant Ear Tree

 

Andiroba

 

Black Ctenosaur

 

Helicopter Damselfly

 

Fin Whale

 

Scorpions

 

Cook

 

Black Witch

 

Squirrel Monkey

 

Three-wattled Bellbird

 

Saman (Samanea saman, aka Albizia saman)

 

Blue Morpho

 

Chestnut-headed Oropendola

 

Violet Sabrewing

 

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

 

Bananaquit

 

Spotted Longwing

 

Three-Toed Sloth

 

Bullet Ant

 

Paca