Aerial view of northern cayes. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Where to Go in the Belize Cayes

Regardless of where you go in the Belize Cayes, days are spent alfresco: kayaking, sailing, fishing, feasting on fresh catch, swimming alongside rays and turtles, gazing at magnificent frigatebirds hovering in blue skies. Or mastering the art of dolce far niente: the sweetness of doing nothing. Here’s an overview of island highlights.

Bone fragments found at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, Belize

Those looking for a little Mayan history on Ambergris Caye in Belize can find it at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. History and adventure buffs will enjoy private guided tours of this virgin site, currently under study, which was inhabited by the Maya for 1,600 years.

Mayan village of San Pedro Columbia. Photo © Lebawit LIiy Girma.

Planning Your Time in Punta Gorda and the Deep South of Belize

Just an hour and a half on a regional flight from Belize City will land visitors in the real backcountry of Belize, where they’ll find all that is authentically Belizean in one place: virgin rainforests, waterfalls, five Mayan archaeological sites, a diverse population, and, more importantly, proximity to the most pristine and uncrowded of Belize’s offshore islands for snorkeling, diving, and sportfishing in two adjacent marine reserves.

Nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Best of the Belize Cayes 5-Day Itinerary

In five days, you can experience a few of Belize’s most beautiful islands. This itinerary includes self-guided activities, as well as some guided tours. Caye hopping can be a bit more costly than exploring overland, so feel free to use this itinerary as best fits your budget. One thing is certain: you won’t run out of islands to see or things to do!

Belize's waters are teeming with unique coral formations. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Where to See Marine Life in the Belize Cayes

Whether you’re a beginner or certified underwater aficionado, Belize’s splendid down under is sure to impress. Here’s a sampling Caribbean critters you’ll encounter and where to go to see them. The good news is, you don’t have to be a diver to see them all.

Silk Cayes. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Discover the Belize Cayes

Belize’s cayes are everyone’s deserted island fantasy come true. Learn about the many islands and their draw, plan when to visit with expert advice, then discover them for yourself.

Billy Barquedier National Park. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Romantic Getaways in the Belize Cayes

On the rise as a wedding and luxury honeymoon escape, Belize offers easy romance, but there are a few unique places and ways to experience the best of all its magic. From fine dining to secluded escapes, here they are.

A crescent white sand beach dotted with palm trees.

Diving Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll

The diving at Lighthouse Reef Atoll rivals that of any in the world. You’ll find the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, a historical natural monument and protected area with a lighthouse, bird sanctuary, shipwrecks, and incredible diving spots offshore, and plenty more.

Half Moon Caye. Photo © dronepicr, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Visiting Half Moon Caye National Monument, Belize

Dedicated as a monument in 1982, this crescent-shaped island was the first protected area in Belize. Half thriving but endangered littoral forest, half stunning palm-dotted beach, a red-footed booby sanctuary and popular dive spot, put this caye on your must-see list.