Experience, enjoy and explore the Belize Barrier Reef

Belize is blessed by having more than 180 miles of beautiful coral reef along its coastline. The Belize Barrier Reef annually draws thousands of travelers who want to experience world-class sailing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving along the second-largest barrier reef on the planet.

Although coral reefs account for less than 1% of the ocean, they are home to a staggering 25% of all marine life. Turtles, dolphins, sharks, rays, anemones, and more than 500 species of fish shelter, feed, and make their home in the Belize Barrier Reef, a site so lovely that Charles Darwin declared it one of the most stunning sites in nature that he had ever seen.

Two centuries later, famed French diver Jacques Cousteau rated sites on the reef as among his top 10 diving sites in the world. One such site is Glover’s Reef Atoll, a truly special place that begs to be explored. Wall diving from 40-60 ft offers the chance to see all kinds of rays, turtles and rivers of wrasse swimming along its stunning coral structures.

The entirety of the Belize Barrier Reef was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Encompassing a 370 by 185 mile stretch of the Caribbean, coral atolls, islands, and reefs, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to 70 different hard coral species and 36 different soft coral species. Despite regular scientific studies, only about 10% of the species on the reef have been formally documented.

The Belize Barrier Reef is sometimes called the “rainforest of the sea” due to its ethereal beauty and abundance of marine flora and fauna. Tourism to the reef plays an important part in the Belizean economy, generating more than $100 million a year.

It’s easy to spend a few days, weeks, or even months on the Belize Reef and never run out of new things to see and do. In order to make the most of your time on the reef, it’s essential to find a good place to stay. The Belize Ocean Club Resort, located on the beautiful Maya Beach on the Placencia Peninsula, is a luxury hotel with one and two-bedroom suites right on the water and six event spaces ideal for meetings, family reunions, or weddings. The Belize Ocean Club Resort also has not one but two restaurants on site and a lovely tropical swim-up bar.

belize-ocean-club
Belize Ocean Club

The Placencia Peninsula is a popular tourist destination because of its unique beauty, close access to the top sites on the mainland, and proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef. The Belize Ocean Club Resort can arrange for a truly unforgettable vacation on the reef, organizing scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing trips to the reef.

Belize Underwater, a local marine tour company, offers snorkeling and scuba diving and can also help get you PADI certified.

Belize Underwater is also one of few dive shops in the country that offer weekly dives to Glover’s Reef Atoll. Jacques Cousteau ranked the reef at Glover’s as one of the top ten dive sites in the world.

 

Top Places to Stay in Belize






Belize Tour Companies and Travel Agents

Belize Real Estate Opportunities






June 29, 2018

How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List

An oil drilling moratorium, development restrictions and fishing reform has helped the 200-mile-reef come off Unesco’s endangered world heritage sites...
Read More
June 26, 2018

What the New Alaia Belize Will Look Like

The newest addition to Belize’s fast-growing hotel pipeline is on track for 2020, and now we’ve gotten the exclusive first...
Read More
June 26, 2018

Saving the underwater wonder world of Belize’s reef

Just a stone’s throw off the coast of Belize, brightly colored tropical fish mingle with sharks, manta rays and sea...
Read More
June 26, 2018

RCL Exclusive Your Off-the-Grid Guide to Belize

Belize is the tropical vacation version of a perfect meal. Light appetizer, indulgent main course, decadent dessert and booze …...
Read More
June 17, 2018

Latham: Hard work must be the national symbol of Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize — Belize is tiny for a country — about the land size of Maryland — but it...
Read More
June 17, 2018

7 Ambergris Caye Restaurants Secret Special Request Options

Once you have lived on Ambergris Caye awhile, you get to know which restaurants have off-menu special request options. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Please Belize Me: Ten Reasons to Put Ambergris Caye on Travel List

After a year of procrastination and poor planning, Belize finally made it on my to do list in 2018. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Autograph Collection Hotels Set to Debut in Belize with the Opening of Alaia

Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, today announced the brand will debut in Belize with the...
Read More
June 12, 2018

5 Reasons to Vacation in Belize this Summer

Summer is the busiest season for travel to Europe. That’s where most vacationers are headed during the months of June,...
Read More
1 2 3 19

Comments

comments

0 Comments

Leave a Comment

Login

Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Don't have account. Register

Lost Password

Register

Close
Please support the site
By clicking any of these buttons you help our site to get better
Banner-1