Check Out This Belize Resort with Waterfront Cabanas on a Private Caribbean Island
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-longest reef in the world. It’s dotted with hundreds of islands, or cays, just off the coast of Belize. Eight miles from the mainland, Yok Ha Belize Island Resort has one of these private Caribbean cays all to itself. The resort has exclusive access to some of the best snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving in the world. And Dangriga, the cultural capital of Belize, is just a short boat ride away.
Yok Ha Resort comprises five brightly colored cabanas scattered along the edge of the Caribbean Sea. One is red with yellow trim, another is fuchsia, and a royal-blue unit opens onto a yellow-and-orange porch. Some have ocean views and private verandas.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the island. You can hop into one of the complimentary kayaks or go snorkeling and explore the offshore coral reefs. The resort also offers a number of half- and full-day tours. One takes you to Belize’s famous jaguar preserve, which also has howler monkeys and pumas. Back at the resort, Chief’s Place serves complimentary meals, including three-course dinners with fresh seafood specials.
Stann Creek, Belize: Mayan Ruins, World-Renowned Scuba Diving, and Exotic Wildlife
Located along the coast on the southeastern section of Belize, the district of Stann Creek is one of Belize’s top tourist destinations. The Mayans occupied this region as early as AD 250, and its interior landscape is strewn with impressive ancient ruins set against the Maya Mountains. Today, people come to Stann Creek to see these ruins, enjoy the tropical climate, and visit the area’s eco-tourism destinations.
Opportunities for hiking, river tubing, snorkeling, and scuba diving abound in Stann Creek. The Belize Barrier Reef—the world’s second-longest reef—runs the length of the coastline. There eagle rays, octopuses, dolphins, sharks, and other fascinating creatures inhabit its cays and atolls. You can also see exotic wildlife at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve. Located just 10 miles from the Caribbean, the sanctuary was created to keep the jaguar from extinction. Visitors can follow the well-kept trails that cut through the 160-square-mile park, home to howler monkeys, pumas, ocelots, toucans, and much more.
Visit the nearby Dangriga, the capital of the Stann Creek District, and historically home to the Garifuna people. The coastal town is still devoted to its Afro-Caribbean heritage; many residents communicate with their ancestors through dancing and drumming circles.