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.

Get to know our feathered friends.

Over 500 species of feathered friends call Belize home from time to time. Some of the best places to see migrant and resident water birds are Crooked Tree and the seashores of Belize.

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The big ones are always biting in Belize.

From spi to fly to trolling, our abundance of game fish guarantees excellent sport fishing all year round. Since many rivers empty into the Caribbean Sea, you’re practically guaranteed a daily catch,...

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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.

Museum of Belize

Built in a former prison, Belize Museum offers an insight into our history and culture, including ancient Mayan artefacts, eclectic memorabilia, colorful Belize stamps, and a real prison cell. Spend...

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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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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Northern Belize in 72 Hours

As more eager travelers arrive to see the Great Blue Hole (among other things) for themselves, they’re often immediately whisked away to the sunny North Islands or to adventurous Western Belize. North...

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A Day at South Water Caye

After a 40-minute boat ride from Hopkins, a cluster of bright green palm trees starts to materialize over the horizon, followed by small wooden cabanas and a dock that welcomes us lucky ones. “It’s...

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(Re)-Discovering the Deep Blue

Just when you think the Great Blue Hole could not instill any more fascination, ocean explorers are determined to find what lies at the very bottom this fall. You know it from the travel brochures,...

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Events

International Costa Maya Festival 2018  | 1

International Costa Maya Festival 2018

By now Belize is known for its umpteen festivals – food, culture, you name it – and the International Costa Maya Festival is no doubt the highlight of the country’s “La Isla Bonita.” Otherwise known...

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Taste of Belize 2018 | 1

Taste of Belize 2018 features best of Belizean Cuisine

Belize continues to thrive in the culinary scene and those dabbing in the art of gastronomy are now able to witness up front nouvelle Belizean cuisine. Taste of Belize, held every two years, is a...

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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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