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.

Travelers, mount up.

In fact, some of our most beautiful places can only be accessed on foot or hoof.

Horseback riding tours can be arranged through many resorts or tour operators. Popular tours travel through the jungles...

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Set sail for adventure.

Hidden coral heads make navigation tricky, so if you’re up for it, this could be your most rewarding sailing experience ever. If not, charter a boat and let our people do the work. It’s your vacation....

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The open trail is waiting for you.

As intimidating as some of our trails may look on a map, don’t worry. Most are designed in loops so you easily return to your starting point. Some trails are self-guided, some require the expertise of...

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Attractions

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

Cahal Pech

Just a short walk from the present-day town of Cahal Pech, also known as "The Place of Ticks" in Yucatecan Maya, this Maya site is very convenient to visit. Located in San Ignacio along the banks of...

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St. Johns Cathedral

Aside from Maya temples, St. John’s Cathedral is the oldest Anglican Church in Central America. It’s also the only place outside of England where kings were crowned. Four Kings of the Mosquito Coast...

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El Pilar

The isolated El Pilar Ancient Maya Temple is three times larger than Xunantunich and is still being excavated today. The focus here is showing travelers how regular Maya lived by uncovering common...

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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Easter in Belize the right way | How to celebrate like a local

Easter is a sacred holiday for many all around the globe, and in Belize the locals also use it as an opportunity to honor time spent with the family while appreciating the beauty of Belize by...

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5 Tips for your first Belize trip

Traveling to somewhere new and mostly unheard of, it’s hard to know what to expect. You’ve creeped on Instagram location tags, and maybe hounded friends and coworkers who have been, but what do you...

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Things you should never do in Belize

There are umpteen articles gushing on all the things you must try in Belize, from bucket-lists and new attractions to culinary wonders and memorable sites to behold. But what about the things you...

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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 | 0

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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