The cayes just off the coast of Belize of over 200 large and small islands and coral atolls, protecting 70 different species of corals and more than 400 species of fish. 

Belize also boasts the world’s second largest coral reef. This is a diver’s paradise and whether you are keen on scuba diving or snorkelling, you will not be disappointed. The majority of the islands are uninhabited or if they are, the only residents are the local fishermen.

The most developed and most popular for visitors is Ambergris Caye. About 40 kilometres in length, it is home to the bustling town of San Pedro and swathes of picturesque white sands with swaying palms and crystal clear waters. From here, visitors can enjoy diving and snorkelling with sharks and rays at Shark Ray Alley and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Further out, the Blue Hole is a thrilling experience but one for experienced divers only. A dark circle of water roughly 300 metres in diameter and 160 metres deep. It can also be viewed from above by flying over it and makes for an impressive sight.

The atolls are home to a wide variety of marine life. Glovers Reef Atoll, the most remote of the atolls is a marine resort and a world heritage site. Lighthouse Reef Atoll is famous for its striking coral formations. Close by, the Half Moon Caye National Monument, the country’s first national park and is home to some wonderful wildlife, from reptiles and turtles, to thousands of red-footed boobies and frigate birds, known for their presence on the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Victoria House Hotel, Belize

Victoria House

Victoria House is an intimate and luxurious resort located right on its own private beach. The rooms are colonial in style and range from cosy doubles up to private villas. The hotel offers the Palmilla Restaurant, Poolside Patio, Admiral Nelson’s Beach Bar, tour desk, onsite dive shop, stunning public gardens, outdoor infinity-edged pools and a gorgeous private beach. Spectacular, private, and perched right at the edge of one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, the Belize Barrier Reef, Victoria House offers a variety of breath-taking adventures.

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Cayo Espanto Private Island

The ultimate destination for serenity and first-class service, the private island of Cayo Espanto is a luxurious and exclusive option. Stroll along the beach, swim in the ocean, watch the sunset and relax with a cocktail in hand, all in 5* luxury on a completely private island. Located 3 miles off the coast of mainland Belize, Cayo Espanto, is the stuff dreams are made of and offers a truly unforgettable experience. Seven individually designed villas are spaced around the island, each featuring a breath-taking view, private dock, seafront infinity plunge pool, alfresco shower and private veranda.

Portofino Beach Resort, Belize

Portofino Beach Resort

With fabulous hospitality and a strong focus on barefoot luxury, Portofino Beach Resort is the perfect choice for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Portofino offers guests 17 beautifully appointed boutique rooms, all located throughout the grounds and surrounded by swaying palms offering seclusion and views of the sea. There is also a romantic treehouse style restaurant serving Caribbean fusion cuisine, or for something more casual, the ‘Green Parrot’ beach bar and bistro.