placencia & ambergris caye

Off the eastern Caribbean coast by the Belize Barrier Reef are the spectacular sun-drenched beaches of Placencia and Ambergris Caye.

With the second longest barrier reef in the world is within arm’s reach, these two laidback Caribbean towns with trendy restaurants, bars and beachside hotels are superb places to unwind. Home to Belize’s most popular holiday resorts, Ambergris Caye has long been renowned as having some of Central America’s finest beaches. Blessed with warm and clear water, the hundreds of colourful fish species that frequent the reef offer some of the most rewarding scuba diving in the world. Meanwhile in Placencia you can snorkel with the gentle giants of the ocean, the enigmatic whale shark.

things to do

  • Laughing Bird Caye National Park is an incredible place for snorkeling, located on a tiny island surrounded by bountiful coral of every shape and colour.
  • Providing shelter for marine animals to survive, Placencia Lagoon is home to everything from dolphins and manatees to a healthy population of crocodile.
  • Reaching a depth of over 146m, the Great Blue Hole is the largest of its kind in the world, and the only sea hole that can be seen from space.
  • It might not be as unknown as the name suggests, but Secret Beach on Ambergris Caye is a gorgeous chilled-out beach lapped by gentle waves and soft sand.
  • Becoming increasingly popular with divers, the Shark Ray Alley offers the chance to swim with large numbers of sharks and rays in their natural environment.

best time to visit

March - April

While any time from November to April is considered dry season, the latter end of the season usually brings with it the best conditions for diving. You should expect to see average daytime temperatures of around 25°C, with the lowest chance of rain.

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