Belize Barrier Reef
Second only to Australia's


Belize Barrier Reef is the nation’s top tourist attractions. Charles Darwin described it as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies" in 1842.

This reef is part of the Meso American Barrier Reef System. It is 900 Km or 560 miles long and runs from the northeastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula where Cancun is located all the way through the Mayan Riviera and past Belize to Honduras.




Great Blue Hole Belize can be seen from outer space

Great Blue Hole Belize can be seen from outer space


Second largest to the Great Barrier Reef Australia

It is the second largest coral reef system, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Belize’s portion is about 300 Km or 186 miles long and runs along the coast of Belize. The Blue Hole Belize is part of the reef.

It is visited by more than a quarter million tourists a year. The Barrier Reef is home to a large diversity of plants and animals, one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world.

It is still in the beginnings of the research since about 90% of the species have not been discovered and cataloged yet. There are 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species, 500 species of fish and hundreds of invertebrate species.


Belize Barrier Reef

Aerial view of Belize Barrier Reef

Aerial view of the Barrier Reef of Belize

Environmental protection

A large portion of the reef is protected by the Belize Reserve System, which includes seven marine reserves, 450 cays, and three atolls. It totals 960 km² (370 miles²) in area, including:



  • Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve
  • Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
  • Laughing Bird Caye National Park
  • South Water Caye Marine Reserve
  • Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • The Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve



Caulker Caye is one of many on the Belize Barrier Reef

Caulker Caye is one of many on the Belize Barrier Reef


The Belize Islands and Cays include



  • Ambergris Caye
  • Caye Caulker
  • Caye Chapel
  • St George's Caye
  • English Caye
  • Rendezvous Caye
  • Gladden Caye
  • Ranguana Caye
  • Long Caye
  • Maho Caye
  • Blackbird Caye
  • Three Coner Caye
  • Northern Caye
  • Sandbore Caye


The Marine life in the Barrier Reef is awe inspiring

The Marine life in the Barrier Reef is awe inspiring


World heritage Site

The Reserve System has been designated as a World Heritage Site since 1996 due to its extraordinary beauty and the many species.

They are subject to a great threat of pollution caused by many factors like, shipping, fishing, hurricanes and global warming.


Go Fishing on the Blue Hole Belize and catch this Barracuda

Go Fishing on the Blue Hole Belize and catch this Barracuda


Excellent for Water sports and all kind of Belize attractions

Scuba Diving Caribbean, Caribbean Snorkeling, Caribbean Fishing, Kayaking, wind and water sports are offered the length of the 185-mile long Belize Barrier Reef extending from the northern tip of Ambergris Caye to the Sapodilla Cays in Belize’s southernmost region.

Also worth to mention is that Belize Weather is warm all year round. And, if it rains it will stop. You know how tropical rains are.

Throughout the length of the Belize Barrier Reef there are countless opportunities for divers and snorkelers to explore reef formations being the most important the Belize Blue Hole.

A variety of dive sites begin at only 45 feet, and drop to 90 feet or more and contain deep coral canyons as well as the fascinating “drop off.”


Map showing the location of Belize South of Mexico and North of Honduras

Map showing Belize South of Mexico and North of Honduras


Image Credits:

coral by jayhem

barrier reef aerial n/a

half moon caye n/a

blue hole bu us geological service

tobacco caye n/a

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons




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