Belize has much to offer travelers, especially those who love the ocean or spending time lounging on a beautiful palm-fringed, white sand beach. It is a gorgeous country that boasts many stunning cays, lush jungles as well as the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. Belize is also a relatively new country, having only gained its independence from Great Britain in 1981. It is also the only country in Central America where English is the official language. An overview of the most gorgeous islands in Belize:
Sometimes referred to as Queen Cayes, Silk Caye is a stunning, often photographed isle located in southern Belize. The beautiful clear waters surrounding this stunning little isle teem with a large variety of marine life, including sea turtles, rays and sharks. In 2009, Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine chose Silk Caye as its 15 most ultimate beach in the Caribbean.
Glover’s Reef Atoll
Glover’s Reef Atoll is a stunning atoll that consists of five islands and an almost continuous coral elliptical shaped reef. This atoll is located near the Cayman Trench, which reaches depths of 7,500 meters (25,000 feet) and is one of the deepest in the world. Not surprisingly Glover’s Reef Atoll, which also contains a protected marine reserve, is very popular with snorkelers and scuba divers as a large variety of sea life is drawn to both the atoll’s shallow lagoons and surrounding deep waters. This reef is named after John Glover, an infamous pirate who once used the atoll as his stomping grounds.
South Water Caye
This tiny island, which is roughly 800 meters (2,600 feet) in length, is a true tropical gem. Located just 9 km (14 miles) off of the coast of Dangriga, South Water Caye boasts stunning white sand beaches and glorious water views. It also lies in the middle of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Belize’s largest protected marine park, which makes it a scuba divers and snorkelers dream. Visitors won’t even need a boat to visit the reefs, which are just a quick swim from South Water Caye’s shores.
Visitors to Goff’s Caye will find a small isle, just 1.2 acres in size. Although small, Goff’s Caye is a pretty island that is blessed with sugar-white sands and lovely blue waters. Because this caye is located only 30 minutes by boat from Belize City, it is also a popular day trip. In addition, Goff’s Caye is also a popular excursion stop for cruise ships. Goff’s Caye features concessions on site for guests looking for a bite to eat or a chair in which to sit. In addition, because this caye is situated on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, snorkeling is one of the most popular activities for guests to this island.
St. George’s Caye
This small caye is located just 13 km (8 miles) away from Belize City. It is home to St. George’s Caye Resort, which features lovely over-water bungalows on stilts. The mood at this resort is very romantic and so children under 15 are not permitted as guests. Because St. George’s Caye was Belize’s first capital, visitors will find a number of charming colonial buildings on this island. In addition, this island has been declared a historic landmark.