The islands themselves also feature a distinctive resort vibe. You might want to visit Ambergris Caye, once a small fishing village, now a bustling tourist region. There’s also Caye Caulker and from there you can visit the atolls of Turneffe Islands and Lighthouse Reef, the latter of which is home to the globally renowned Blue Hole.
THE BLUE HOLE
Named for the amazing blue color, this is actually a giant sinkhole that is nearly 1000 ft across and over 400 ft deep—it is the largest in the world. Scuba divers here can see an amazing array of marine life to include: reef sharks, astounding coral formation, and numerous species of tropical fish. First made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 70s, the Blue Hole is the reason many come to Belize in the first place.
HALF MOON CAYE NATURAL MONUMENT
At the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef, sits the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument— a bird sanctuary and wildlife protection area. There is an acclaimed dive spot here known as the Half Moon Caye Wall which presents an unforgettable experience. Postcard perfect above and below the surface, it is a must-do for all divers!
A small fishing town that has become something of a tourist’s delight, San Pedro boasts easy access to all of the greatest diving spots, not to mention a bevy of boating, parasailing, water skiing, and fishing activity to accommodate any marine lover. Of course, seafood restaurants are prominent as are bars and plenty of active nightlife.