Belize's Best Beaches
Thanks to a magnificent coastline hugging the Caribbean Sea and more than 200 offshore islands — at least 20 of which are inhabited — Belize has golden and white-sand beaches that are a boat or plane ride away from Belize City. Many of these beaches remain a well-kept secret, discovered only by dive enthusiasts and anglers who venture off the beaten track. Here are our recommendations for the best beaches to visit in Belize.
Hopkins Village Beach
In between swimming and sunning, experience Garífuna culture at its best. Stop by Innie’s Restaurant for a plate of hudut, fish soaked in a coconut stew, served with mashed plantains. Take drumming lessons at the Lebeha Drumming Center or play dominoes with residents of this Afro-Amerindian village. You can also bike your way over to neighboring False Sittee, where you’ll find more glorious, bare stretches of beaches facing resorts, bars and restaurants.
Half Moon Caye
South Water Caye
Laughingbird Caye and Silk Cayes
Southwest Caye, Glover's Reef Atoll
Hunting Caye, less than a 5-minute boat ride away from Lime Caye, is an ideal day trip to see turtles nesting and to enjoy sunbathing on white-sand beaches. In the southernmost area of the marine reserve, the diving and snorkeling are spectacular due, in part, to light boat traffic. Day trips to the Sapodilla Cayes are also an option, but prepare yourself for the temptation to stay overnight.