Coral reefs, tropical sunshine and Caribbean calm
More than 400 ‘cayes’ and atolls lie off of the northern coast of Belize. Beautiful, laid-back and distinctly Caribbean, they’re one of the country’s most popular destinations. On holidays in the Cayes you can dive Belize’s magnificent barrier reef, have a go at sailing and try your hand at windsurfing.
The largest and most northerly of the ‘cayes’ is Ambergis Caye. The only town on Ambergis is San Pedro. Having started life as a sleepy Belize fishing village, the town is now a bustling tourist centre. Relax on the atolls white sandy beaches, swim in its beautiful blue waters, enjoy a wide choice of watersports. Be sure to try some of the lobster too. The town is famous for them and the annual lobster festival in June is a riot of colour and tasty aromas.
Caye Caulker is another of the region’s most popular destinations. What it lacks in terms of beaches it makes up for with great snorkelling and diving in its coral atoll. Both Caye Caulker and Ambergis Caye are within a two-hour boat ride of the mainland. So if you’re on a beach holiday here it’s easy to jump on a boat to the mainland and visit historical sights like Lamanai or even try cave tubing.