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!

Kayaking in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Providencia’s Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence McBean Lagoon

Providencia’s Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence McBean Lagoon holds a plethora of outdoor activities, from swimming and snorkeling at Crab Cay to kayaking through mangroves at Oyster’s Creek Lagoon, to guided boat tours and hiking. Here’s an overview of the area, activities, amenities, and how to get there.

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.

Boats moored in the shallow waters of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands’ Best Snorkeling

Good snorkeling is in the eye of the beholder, and though most people gravitate to reefs, sea grass and mangrove habitats are also fun to explore. With that in mind, here are the best places to snorkel in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

A woman snorkels amid boulders under Virgin Gorda's blue skies.

Snorkeling 101: Tips and Tricks

Everyone should try their hand at snorkeling. It is a simple, low-tech, and easy way to explore the wonderland of reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove forests, and sandy bottoms that exist around the coasts of many popular vacation destinations. These tips will help you enjoy a successful and safe snorkel experience.

Waves crash on the rocky, volcanic shorline of Wawaloli Beach.

Kona’s Beaches: South of the Airport

Kona’s beaches south of the airport are a motley crew. Worth a visit if you’re in the area looking for sand, you’ll find plenty of picnic areas and one or two spots to get in the water for snorkeling, swimming, or boarding. Here are directions, the best activities for each beach, and amenities.

An instructor gives a diving lesson in San Andrés. Photo © Andrew Dier.

San Andrés Snorkeling and Diving

San Andrés is surrounded by a well-preserved coral reef teeming with marine life that makes it a diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise. Here’s a roundup of the most popular sites, recommended dive operators, and a quick overview of what to expect.