The sun sets over the horizon turning a dramatic cloud covered sky from golden to deep purple.

Planning Your Time in Belize’s Northern Cayes

Once the favorite hideout and playground of pirates, the Northern Cayes are Belize’s greatest tourism draw, and with good reason. These postcard-perfect islands offer quick access to the Belize Barrier Reef and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a dizzying array of outdoor activities, and enough lodging, restaurants, and entertainment options to fit celebrity and backpacker budgets alike.

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.

photo of a sea turtle in tropical waters.

Caye Caulker Beaches, Belize

Finding your own sandy plot of Caye Caulker is an easy feat, if you don’t mind the first few inches of harmless sea grass and lack of wave action, the water is just as soothing and in the same jade color of Belize—all in all, a happy compromise.

Moon Belize, 11th ed.

Moon Belize

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. Travel writer, photographer, and Belize expert Lebawit Lily Girma knows the best ways to experience Belize—from the gorgeous beaches of the Northern Cayes to the lush countryside of Belmopan and Cayo. Girma offers a range of interesting activities for every traveler—such […]