BELIZE BEACHES

Belize has one of the more diverse coastlines and as such has a variety of beaches. This is due to hurricanes which pass nearby and have blown away a lot of the beaches on the cayes. To combat this they are generally enclosed by a low lying concrete wall to prevent erosion, although further north on San Pedro the beaches go directly into the sea. The biggest draw to this area however is the coral reef, which is the easiest to access and has some of the best snorkelling and diving options in Central America.
On the mainland the beaches in the south around Placencia are long, wide and golden brown. If the sea here is calm the waters are ideal for swimming in, however if stormy they can be rough and unwelcoming. The cayes off the coast are generally sandy and the beaches are a pristine white. The waters immediately surrounding the cayes are generally very shallow with reeds and to combat this almost all the hotels have piers which reach out to the deeper crystal clear waters that you would typically associate with the Caribbean Sea. The outer cayes, although expensive and difficult to reach they have the best beaches with powder white sands and a nearby reef.

BEST BELIZE BEACHES

Belize has a mix of rustic and boutique accommodation both on the cayes and on the mainland. There is a superb coral reef running the length of the country, though some of the best hideaway islands can be found on the Atolls further away

Hopkins

Hopkins is a small Garifuna fishing village of around 1000 villagers and is considered by many to be the cultural centre of the Garifuna population in Belize. Situated on the Caribbean coast it has sandy beaches with gently swaying coconut palms and is a great base from which to enjoy the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere offering some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling.

Placencia

Placencia is a traditional Creole fishing village with an enviable location.  Its brightly painted wooden shacks are found at the end of a palm-covered, 16-mile finger of sand on the south coast of Belize.  The superb beaches of this sandy point are met by Caribbean rollers on one side while a sheltered lagoon lies on the other side. 

The Cayes

The Belizean Cayes are a series of tiny islands off the Belizean coast with porcelain-white beaches and turquoise waters.  With a concentration of over a hundred islands, two stunning atolls and miles of barrier reef, it is hard to find a better place! 

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