Belize Islands
Part of Belize Barrier Reef

Ever thought of Belize Islands?

They are many located off the coast of this Central American Country, but only one is above all expectations.

This is Ambergris Caye.

The Islands are also known as the cays and are scattered along the southern coast of Belize close to the mainland. They are about 200 of them. Some are very small and privately owned; they are part of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Blue Hole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef

Blue Hole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef

Belize is an independent country and was called British Honduras many years ago. Their language is English and their heritage is Mayan, British, Spanish and local dialects.

It is located at the southern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, bordering with Guatemala on the west and Mexico on the north.

Getting to Belize Islands

There are many companies like American Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways, TACA and Air Jamaica that offer schedule services to Belize from the other Caribbean countries and the United States.

Ambergris Caye – La Isla Bonita in Belize

Ambergris Caye – La Isla Bonita in Belize

This is a tropical paradise with lots of palm trees, turquoise waters and also features the second largest coral reef in the world. It is just a 15 minute flight from Belize’s International Airport. It is Belize’s largest island part of Belize Barrier Reef.

In such a short time you will be among beautiful caves, all kind of corals, sponges and tropical fish that will make your head spin with incredibility. That is why this island is so famous for its Scuba Diving Caribbean.

Other attractions are birds, crocodiles and manatees. The only town of San Pedro is lively and hosts many cafes restaurants and Caribbean Music to accompany your drink while the sun sets over.

There are many wooden houses with a mix of Caribbean and Mexican styles, as well as many with British style as a heritage of the British Colony Times. What was once a fishing village dependable of fishing and coconut growing Ambergris Caye is today a tourist’s favorite spot and totally dependably on the Tourism Industry.

The ancient inhabitants of the Belize Islands were the Mayans. Prove of that are the many ruins and the Channel separating Mexico from Belize that was dug by the Mayans to provide passage from Mexico to the Caribbean.

The coasts are covered by Scuba Diving Shops offering to take you on a memorable scuba trip. The Coral Reef is so vast that there is space for all of them. Belize is today one of the top Diving and Snorkeling destinations in the world.

Belize Islands

Tobago Caye one of Belize Islands

Tobago Caye in the Belize Reef

Bird Watchers Heaven

Belize Islands are a refuge for many bird species, making about 200 of them such as the Yucatan Vireo, white eyed vireo, great kiskadee, black catbird, laughing falcon among others.

Many Bird watching enthusiasts come to Belize on a regular basis. On the Belize Map to the right, the northern end of Ambergris Caye is also home to some other forms of wildlife such as peccaries, and raccoons.

Ambergris Caye is a food lover’s place. The mix of races sharing the islands, offer a variety of all kind of mouthwatering Cuisines.Local Rice and beans, my favorite, Mexican delicacies, like if you were in Mexico. Spanish foods if you were in Guatemala and Honduras.

Seafood is a must, because they are surrounded by the most deep waters where all kind of fish have their habitat. You’ll find lobster, conch and many fish to choose from. Ant let’s not forget the tropical fruits such as mangoes, bananas, pineapples, oranges, tangerines and much more.

Awesome Marine Life on the Belize Barrier Reef

Awesome Marine Life on the Belize Barrier Reef

Image Credits:
ambergris caye n/a
fishing n/a
half moon caye n/a
All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.

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