Belize’s Most Romantic Islands
More than 200 offshore islands dot Belize’s Caribbean coastline, ranging from uninhabited mangrove islets to at least 20 larger, idyllic plots with cozy cabanas, postcard-perfect beaches and utter seclusion. In “The Jewel” -- as Belizeans call their home -- island hopping isn’t just for diving.
To experience the best of Belize’s striking Caribbean scenery and to live out that secluded island fantasy, consider visiting one or more of these 6 cayes. A mere 45-minute to 2-hour journey from the mainland will get you there, aboard a scenic Tropic Air puddle jumper flight, water taxi or chartered boat.
1. Ambergris Caye
Intimate boutique resorts like Xanadu and Victoria House face the wide southern beaches, where the only sound that prevails is of palm trees rustling in the wind. Requiring an additional water taxi hop from San Pedro, the north end of the island stuns with its rugged beauty. Grab a cocktail at Rojo Beach Bar, and watch birds flock along the isolated shores, past neighboring luxury retreats where the most adventurous of travelers are happily cocooned.
2. Caye Caulker
Dining is in flip-flops, al fresco—Habañero’s serves up some of the best seafood in the country—and stargazing from the numerous docks is a bona fide activity. Find the most action at “The Split” end of the island’s south side, where Hicaqueños and tourists mingle all day by the Lazy Lizard Bar, swimming and dancing barefoot to live reggae by the sea. Better yet, hop in a kayak to navigate the back of the island and watch a glorious sunset over a mangrove dotted coastline.
3. Glover's Reef
The adventurous will love staying on the north edge of the island—just a 5-minute walk away—where Islands Expeditions runs a fun water sports camp, and sleeping is in tents or sky-facing hammocks. One end to the other, the isolation on Glover’s is divine. For company, spend your evenings stargazing with fellow guests from the docks of Isla Marisol’s Bar while sipping on a Panty Rippa rum cocktail.
4. South Water Caye
For the most romantic views, stay at Pelican Beach Resort, occupying the island’s south end and facing one of the most stunning beaches in Belize. Calm and shallow turquoise waters, powdery white sand and a maze of rainbow-colored hammocks make it hard to leave.