Ambergris Caye beaches are beautiful, but on this island only 25 miles long, you will have to do a bit of searching to find a proper beach for swimming and other such activities. Most of the beaches are thin strips of sand on the east coast. Many have seaweed and grass that make swimming difficult, […]
Belize beaches are some of the highlights of this northernmost country in Central America. What is important to understand, however, is that these beaches are somewhat few and far between. The topographical layout of the country, which includes mangrove forests that run along much of the country’s coastline make traditional sunbathing and swimming a chore. The good news is that there are in fact several gorgeous stretches of coastline and some lovely beaches on the outlying cayes (pronounced keys). Belize shares a border with Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south, and is bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the east. Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
Mangrove forests are typical in this part of the tropics and can often be found opposite barrier reefs. If you are looking forward to a traditional beach vacation that offers sand and surf and plenty of opportunities to lay out and enjoy the sun, you will want to look to the Placencia Peninsula or one of the cayes, the most popular of which are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Ambergris Caye offers a huge variety of activities such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, and boating, and the town of San Pedro draws visitors in with is convivial environment and charming shops and restaurants.
Caye Caulker is located within very close proximity to its larger neighbor Ambergris Caye. It is just as beautiful (white sand and huge palm trees) and equally as laid back as Ambergris, just without as many places to eat, drink, and shop. This caye is perfect for those people who wish to enjoy a relaxing day of tranquility on a beach where you do not have to jockey for position with other tourists. The Placencia Peninsula also offers many miles of pristine beaches.