Adrift from Belize’s Caribbean coast, the Cayes are a string of idyllic islands surrounded by coral reef. These tranquil islands are sheltered by the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, making diving excursions here a world-class experience.
Much of the Cayes are virtually untouched, inhabited by easy-going local fisherman in tiny villages. Some, like Ambergris Caye, have been gently developed to feature luxury beachfront properties that retain the relaxed Caribbean vibe of the islands. Isolated from the mainland, the Cayes feel like a truly pristine paradise.
The beaches on the Cayes enjoy soft powder-white sand that shelves into shallow, tropical blue water. The coast is shaded by a canopy of palm trees, backing onto thick jungle. With its own vibrant coral reefs and proximity to Belize’s sweeping barrier reef, the seas teem with colourful marine life among soft and hard corals.
Diving highlights include the nearby Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole, a deep sinkhole that plunges through the floor of the lagoon in a startlingly deep shade of blue. Snorkelers can swim Shark Ray Alley, where nurse sharks and southern stingrays swim beneath you down Hol Chan, the ‘Little Channel.’
The Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is another must-see, as both Belize’s first marine conservation area and one of its first World Heritage sites. The monument maintains delicate ecosystems, maintaining the growth of its flora and fauna and rare birdlife that includes ospreys and red-footed boobies. Tours to the mouth of the Belize River are a fantastic way to spot crocodiles.
The Cayes are one of Belize’s most beautiful regions, with enough beaches to undisturbed and the island’s wildlife and jungles waiting to be explored. When booking a luxury tour from Lightfoot Travel, you’ll receive expert impartial advice on where to stay and what to include in your tailor-made itinerary.