185-Mile National Monument

Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef sits just miles off the coast of Belize and is part of the larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Home to hundreds of species of coral and fish, it is a hot spot for divers, snorkelers and biologists from all over the world.

For 185 miles, explore all that the reef has to offer, including swimming with whale sharks near the Placencia coast, diving deep into the Great Blue Hole and snorkeling off more than 400 white sandy islands that surround the reef.


Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Belize Barrier Reef provides a crucial balance within the surrounding marine system. Help us preserve this reef when you visit by wearing reef-safe sunscreen, avoiding contact with the coral, and picking up trash and recyclables on the beach.

Belize Barrier Reef
500 Species of Fish Found On The Reef
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Activities

Don't just see the wonder of Belize, Experience it.

Grab your oar and get out there.

Whether you’re a beginner at canoeing or really know your way around a boat, we have the waterways for any paddling traveler. Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe travelers, with some...

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The mysteries of Maya without the traps of tourism.

With only a small percentage of our ancient Maya temples uncovered, it’s not uncommon to come across ancient pieces of pottery or hear that a distant hill is actually a temple.

Whether you want to...

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Take to the seas, solo or with friends.

Look down on the clear waters to see the reefs, fish, rays and sea turtles. Overhead there are migratory birds and sunshine for days. By the way, pack some sun screen.


Coastal and island resorts...

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Attractions

Put these sites on your list, you won't regret it.

Mayflower Bocawina National Park

With 7,087 acres of preserved low and highlands, Mayflower Bocawina National Park is one of the best choices for leisure or adventurous explorations. Located on the eastern end of the Maya Mountains...

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Southwater Caye Marine Reserve

A lesser-known gem in Belize, 15-acre South Water Caye is our version of an off-the-beaten-path destination (though most places are here) for diving and snorkeling, not to mention relaxing on one of...

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Mexico Rocks

Mexico Rock is a range of 10 to 12 foot rocks in Ambergris Caye. It is filled with starfish, elkhorn and staghorn coral, as well as lobster, eel and various species of colorful juveniles. The area is...

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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Places in Belize to Get Away From it All

 

Spring break looms in the near horizon, and what better way to re-energize yourself than a low-key tropical getaway? Recently, Belize has become more focused on wellness, or what we like to...

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A Rum Tour You Can't Miss

Is there ever such a thing as a perfect tour? Travellers Rum thinks so, transporting guests through time to discover the story of one of Belize’s most historic distilleries, while also tasting some...

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Orange Walk Town Opens New Trail

The taco capital of Belize, Orange Walk Town boasts rich Maya & Mestizo culture and a history worth telling about. The latter is precisely what the town will showcase to visitors as a new Heritage...

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Local

Events

Placencia Lobster Fest 2018 | 1

Placencia Lobster Fest reels in the masses

For 18 savory years, the not-so-lowly lobster has graced our palates in extravagant ways at every annual Lobster Fest held in Placencia. Spanning three days, this food festival has only grown over the...

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BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge

Love FM, a local radio station, and the Belize Tourism Board have teamed up to contest what used to be Belize’s most grueling race by rolling out the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge. La Ruta Maya partic...

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La Ruta Maya River Challenge

The weekend of March 8th, 2019, Belizeans in the hundreds will gather at the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio, Cayo district. They’ll peer down as the canoes speed off down the Belize Old River with...

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