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.

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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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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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.

Benque House of Culture

Explore the historical journey of Belize's Mestizo community on your visit to the Benque House of Culture in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. This once police station (now turned museum) is the ultimate...

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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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Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley is located just one mile south of the Hol Chan cut and is listed as "Zone D" of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Once a place where fishermen would clean their catches, this 1,280-acre...

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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

8 Insane (but true) things about Belize

In a country so small, you’d be surprised of the interesting facts that make up Belize. From the animals we choose as our national symbols to things you won’t find anywhere else, these 8 things about...

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4 Travel Rules You Need to Break

The old adage goes rules were meant to be broken, and in the case of traveling to Belize, all general travel rules go out the window. While rules do make things easier and can lead to smoother travel,...

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Don’t Swim? | Here are 3 water-based activities you can still enjoy in Belize

Ah, Belize. The country of known beaches and hundreds of cayes, islands and of course, the world-renowned barrier reef. For those fellow travelers who wished they could enjoy the underwater marvels...

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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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Mango Fest 2019

Mango Festival 2019 | Celebrate the fruit in all its forms

Diced, sliced, on a stick, or straight off the tree, there are so many ways to devour the (unofficial) fruit of Belize: Mango! You know us for throwing nutty festivals, sweet festivals, and fishy ones...

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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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