April 13, 2020
Belize can be a great place to visit if you enjoy adventure. It is filled with beautiful views and there are tons of fun activities. Belize has some of the best snorkeling locations in the world.
Quick Facts and Geography
Location: Central America
Northwestern Border: Mexico
Eastern Border: Caribbean Sea
Western Border: Guatemala
Points of Interest
There are also some great snorkeling destinations in Belize like; The Barrier Reef, Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, The Blue Hole, Shark Ray and The Atolls. Some locations in this video include; Caye Caulker Corozal San Pedro Ambergris Caye Bread and Butter Caye Coco Beach Belize City Pescador Canyon
Some locations in this video include;
- Caye Caulker
- Corozal Town
- San Pedro
- Ambergris Caye
- Bread and Butter Caye
- Coco Beach
- Belize City
- Pescador Canyon
Located off the coast of Belize lies this beautiful limestone coral island. It’s a tiny blip in the Caribbean Sea with only 5 square miles of land mass. On this small mass lies a town of about 2000 people known as Caye Caulker Village. You can find this cay by heading north-northeast from Belize City and traveling for about 20 miles. The fastest way to get to Caye Caulker from Belize City is by taking a high-speed water taxi or small plane. Two fun things to do are backpacking or taking an impromptu tour of some of the restaurants and shops on the island.
Corazol Town is the capital of the Corozal District and can be found about about 84 miles north of Belize City. Head 9 miles to the north from here and you will arrive at the border with Mexico. It’s a small town with population of around 10,000 (2010). Interestingly, before it became a town in the 1840’s, it was a private estate. Another cool fact is that Corazol Town was built on top of an ancient Mayan city. Most of it was rebuilt after taking a serious hit from Hurricane Janet in 1955.
Nestled on the southern part of Ambergris Caye you will find San Pedro Town. It’s a decent sized small town with a population of around 17,000. It all started as a sleepy little fishing village. Most of the people who live there now migrated to the cay from Mexico and are bilingual (Spanish and English).
Fun fact: San Pedro Town is thought to be the inspiration behind Madonna’s song “La Isla Bonita” (which begins with the line “last night I dreamt of San Pedro”).
Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize. You would get there by traveling northeast from Belize’s mainland, out into the Caribbean Sea. The island covers a land mass of around 25 square miles. In the simplest form, Ambergris Caye is a ring of white sand beach with a mangrove swamp in the middle. As mentioned previously, San Pedro Town is the largest settlement and the only town on Ambergris.
Fun fact: The island was featured on mainstream television in 2001. Fox’s Temptation Island was shot in two of the island’s resorts.
Bread and Butter Caye
Bread and Butter Caye is a tiny little spot of relaxation that is an absolute must if you ever visit Belize. It is the epitome of “simplicity” in terms of travel destinations because, get this, it’s just a 450ft long island with 6 Cabanas on it. The journey to the Island is an adventure in and of itself. You can get there by first going to Dangriga Belize and then taking a water taxi out to the island. Catch and cook fish, Snorkel, explore, and sun bathe, among other things.
A short flight with a local carrier from the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City twill get you to the Coco Beach Resort. When you search for Coco Beach, what you’re really looking for is the resort. You’ll find the resort by heading 3.5 miles north from San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. There are some awesome times to be had for all, especially adults.
Formerly called Belize Town, Belize City is the largest city in Belize. In 2010, the population was sitting near 60,000 souls. You’ll find Belize City near the mouth of the Haulover Creek, a distributary of the Belize River. It’s the country’s main port and the hub of finance and industry. One indicator of its importance is the regular presence of Cruise ships anchored at the port. The city was, for the most part, rebuilt after 1961 when Hurricane Hattie came ashore on October 31 and decimated the area. Belize City has a tropical monsoon climate, and you’ll experience warm and humid weather conditions throughout the course of the year.
El Pescador is located outside of the town of San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye. Here, you’ll find a super attractive site to go scuba diving. The dive site has a hidden tunnel that passes through the coral. Interestingly, the Pescador Canyon tunnel was created by the overlapping of the spur and groove formation. After, traveling through the canyon on your dive, you’ll exit the tunnel at a depth of 75 feet. Be prepared to see all kinds of sea life while you’re there!
Tourism in Belize is Important
In economic terms, tourism in Belize is crucial to the economy. Fortunately, it has grown considerably recently and continues to grow. In fact, tourism is now the second largest industry in the nation. The intention, as once stated by Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow, is to use tourism to combat poverty throughout the country. The growth in tourism has positive impacts across multiple sectors including; agriculture, commerce, finance, and construction. When you go to Belize, you can be proud of the fact that you contributed to an economy that depends on travel heavily.