The Snake Cayes in Belize | Belize Offshore Islands

The Snake Cayes in Belize

Snake Cayes in Southern Belize

Despite their ominous name, the Snake Cayes are amongst the most beautiful offshore islands in Belize. And, while it is true that a few serpents did once inhabit the islands, there is little risk to visitors who want to visit these gorgeous islands in search of bird species, sugar sand white beaches, and crystal clear waters.

Why You Have to Visit Snake Cayes in Belize

The Snake Cayes are four islands that are situated approximately 20 miles off the coast of southern Belize. Named West Middle, East, and South Snake Caye respectively, the islands were given their scary moniker due to the large number of boa constrictor snakes that once lived on the islands.

The Snake Cayes are unusual because they are not part of the nearby Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. The Snake Cayes are officially inside the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and have their own separate coral growing on a ledge of limestone.

The most popular of the four islands is West Snake Caye. Measuring just two acres in size, the beauty of the island makes it an ideal destination for snorkeling and grilling fresh-caught fish on the pure white sand beaches.

East Snake Caye was once known as Lighthouse Caye due to the presence of a lighthouse on the island which is still standing (along with a second one built later). Middle Snake Caye is most popular with bird watchers as there are huge nesting sites for Bridled Terns and Brown Noddies. South Snake Caye is less popular with tourists but is used by fishermen in pursuit of lobster and barracuda.

Where in Belize Are the Snake Cayes Located?

The Snake Cayes are located approximately 20 miles east of Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of southern Belize.


When Is the Best Time to Visit the Snake Cayes in Belize

As a protected natural area, pretty much any time is a good time to visit the Snake Cayes except during periods of inclement weather and/or rough sea conditions.

Best Way to Get to Snake Cayes Belize

There is no airstrip on the Snake Cayes so the only way to get there is by private boat charter or water taxi.

Best Way to Experience the Snake Cayes in Belize

The Snake Cayes are a great way to get off the beaten path and enjoy a beautiful island experience. The pure white sand, clear water, and separate mini reef make this area a great place to indulge in some snorkeling and swimming. As a protected nature reserve, the islands are a great place to spot birds or watch manatees frolic and play.

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