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Water Lover’s Guide to Belize

Palm tree lined beach, with water and mountains in the distance
Island Beach

Cue the sound of lapping waves and sea birds calling. Check out Belize, a water lover's paradise with 298 kilometers (185 miles) of stunning Caribbean coastline. This Central American gem offers spectacular aquatic activities, from diving beneath the waves to sailing over them. Whether you're a seasoned water sports enthusiast or looking for a peaceful escape near the water, Belize has something special for you.  Here’s your guide to making the most of Belize’s water wonders.

Island Hopping

A skiff moored in the shallow waters of Moho Caye. A tropical tree lies inthe forefront
Beach at Moho Caye

Island hopping is a quintessential Belizean experience. The country is home to over four hundred islands, known as cayes (pronounced ‘keys’), each offering unique charms. There is an island for everyone, from lively Ambergris Caye and laid-back Caye Caulker to the remote Glover’s Reef Atoll. You can spend endless days exploring the Belize Barrier Reef off of Ranguana, Moho, Tobacco, or Silk Caye, to name a few more. Each island has its personality, but all have beautiful sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs just offshore.

Catamaran Charter

Chartering a catamaran is a spectacular way to spend a day in Belize. The dual-hull boat allows you to explore Belize's beautiful coastline and islands at your own pace. Sail from caye to caye ith comfort and style. These trips often include opportunities for fishing, snorkeling, and even diving, along with plenty of time for relaxation on the beach or central trampoline while sailing. Sunset tours are top-rated, offering stunning views of the Caribbean sun dipping below the horizon. Enjoy a rum punch (or five) and a jerk chicken meal, often included in the price of your excursion.

Kiteboarding & Efoil

For those seeking a more adrenaline-pumping experience, kiteboarding in Belize is a must. The constant trade winds and warm, shallow waters of places like Ambergris Caye provide perfect conditions for beginners and advanced kiteboarders. Numerous schools along the beach offer lessons and equipment rental. Expanding your water sports adventure, Belize also offers emerging activities like efoiling — an exciting mix between surfing and flying over the water. It’s a unique experience that’s gaining popularity among thrill-seekers. Check out Efoil Belize in Placencia for rentals and lessons.

SCUBA and Snorkeling

Beautiful woman posing in the water while snorkeling at Silk Caye, Belize
Snorkeling at Silk Caye

Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, making it a premier destination for SCUBA diving and snorkeling. The Great Blue Hole, a giant marine sinkhole, is among the most famous dive sites. For snorkelers, Shark Ray Alley in Hol Chan Marine Reserve in the North and Silk Caye in the South offers a chance to swim alongside nurse sharks and rays in crystal-clear waters.

SUP & Kayaking

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking are fantastic ways to explore Belize's calmer waters and mangrove channels. These activities offer a more relaxed pace, ideal for observing wildlife and enjoying the serene beauty of Belize's coastline and riverbanks. Places like Placencia Lagoon are perfect for spotting manatees, dolphins, and other marine life. Check out The Green House by the Sea for an ideal place to launch a SUP or kayak. The canal at the back of the property will usher you to the lagoon and a breathtaking view of the Maya Mountains in minutes.

Booze Cruise

The extra thirsty should not miss the energetic, booze-filled cruise aboard the legendary The Big Sipper. Departing from Placencia pier, this fun-filled trip is perfect for those looking to unwind and party on the water. With music, dance, and plenty of refreshments, it’s a great way to meet other travelers and enjoy the Caribbean vibe.

River Tours

A lone paddler in a outrigger canoe, saunters down a tropical river lined with aplms
Solo Paddler Navigating a Jungle Estuary

Exploring the country’s rivers offers another option for the aquatic adventure lover. River tours provide a fantastic opportunity to delve into the lush, verdant jungles that line the waterways, bringing you face-to-face with the region's rich biodiversity. Many river tours offer cultural insights through visits to local villages where you will learn about traditional Belizean lifestyles. These excursions showcase the natural beauty of Belize’s waterways and immerse you in the local culture and history.

One popular river excursion is the Monkey River Tour, which meanders through tropical rainforests and mangroves in southern Belize. As you glide along the serene waters, look for howler monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, and many bird species. 

Epic Sunsets

Waves lap the shore as the sunsets over the sea
Epic Sunset

No water lover’s trip to Belize would be complete without experiencing one of its breathtaking sunsets. Whether from the deck of a sailboat, a beachfront bar, or the water’s edge on one of the many secluded islands, don’t miss experiencing the beautiful cotton candy skies. Watching the sky light up with hues of red and blue over the Caribbean Sea is an unforgettable sight. Be sure to visit the Placencia Yacht Club for great cocktails, tasty food, and of course, an epic sunset.

An Un-Belizeable, Water-Filled Destination

Belize offers an incredible array of water-based activities that can satisfy every type of water enthusiast. From the laid-back explorer to the adventure seeker, the waters of Belize provide a beautiful, thrilling, and soul-soothing environment. If you want to own a piece of this water lover’s paradise, check out The Green House by the Sea. The property is steps from the beach and has lagoon access via a canal at the back of the property. Put in a boat slip or small dock to launch your favorite watercraft. Contact us today and secure an aquatic adventure vacation home in one of the most beautiful water wonderlands in the world.

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