Beaches in Belize

Beaches are scarce in Belize, but its coastal property is extremely beautiful

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Beach property in Belize is somewhat scarce because the barrier reef off the country's coast blocks many of the mineral deposits needed to form sandy beaches. So, if you want to spend time at the beach, be selective in choosing where to stay.

Beach Choices In The Area

You will find several beaches to visit in the area. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. Simply click on specific names for a detailed guide to that particular beach.

South Placencia Beach

Sittee Marina Beach: The beach is accessible by vehicle or foot, as it is directly off of Sittee River Road. Visitors are advised against using taxis, etc., as the area is quite small and tucked away from major places of interest.

Another option to consider is South Placencia Beach. Beaches are easily accessible from the road, particularly since the peninsula is fairly narrow. If you are thinking about visiting from a more distant location, there is an airport nearby, which acts as a major transportation hub for the southern half of the country.

Mullins Beach: Mullins Beach is tucked away on the east coast of Belize facing the Caribbean ocean. The area is largely undeveloped, providing a private beach experience with shallow, calm waters and a stretch of tan, soft sand.

Take some time to look through this table for more information about beaches that you'll find in the area.

Beaches In Belize
Name Location Coast
Ambergris Caye Southeast 2.5 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South West
Belizean Beach The vicinity of Belize City, Central Belize Belize North East
Bermuda Beach 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South-Southwest
Corozal Bay 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Corozal Belize North
Cucumber Beach The vicinity of Belize City, Central Belize Belize Northeast
Debbie's Beach 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye East
Hopkins Beach Hopkins, Central Belize Belize South East
Hummingbird Beach The vicinity of Dangriga, Central Belize Belize South East
La Barra Cedar Beach 2.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Chunox Belize North
Maya Beach 5.5 mi. North of Central Placencia Belize South East
Mullins Beach Central Belize Belize East
Riversdale Beach Riversdale, Southeastern part of Belize Belize South East
Seine Bight Beach 3.7 mi. North of Central Placencia Belize South East
Sittee Marina Beach Central Belize Belize South East
South Placencia Beach 0.5 mi. South of Central Placencia Belize South East
Tortuga Beach 1.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye South-Southwest

Keep in mind that there are additional types of attractions. For a more thorough discussion of other attractions, read this page.

Beaches in the Cayes

Some of the most popular beach property in Belize is located on Ambergris, which is the largest of Belize's cayes, or small islands. The little city of San Pedro is a quiet fishing town on Ambergris Caye, which still has sandy roads traversable only by golf carts.

There are quite a few beach resorts located in the central areas of this sleepy, little town, and though San Pedro is a popular vacation spot for travelers, the city never feels overcrowded. When visiting the beaches on Ambergris, you can choose to do all kinds of water sports, or absolutely nothing at all. From San Pedro Town's beaches, you can spot the barrier reef off of the shores of mainland Belize.

Other cayes with great beaches include Caye Caulker, which is only a little more than two and a half miles long and not even one mile wide. Also, the Turneffe Islands have several white-sand beaches and plenty of tropical sunshine and breezes.

...enjoy the sun, sand, and surf...


Mainland Beaches

Areas near Belize's coastline often feature tropical rainforests and ancient Maya ruins, which are a significant part of Belizean culture. Vacationers can explore Belize's fascinating history and heritage while taking in lush tropical coastal scenery. Plenty of flourishing palm trees dot Belize's coastline. All you need is a hammock and an ice-cold tropical drink, and you can lie back, relax, and let the Caribbean breezes do the rest.

Some of the best oceanfront property on mainland Belize can be found in Placencia in the south part of the country. Here, the locals are friendly, and the beaches are sparkling. The aquamarine waters and pristine sandy beaches ensure you'll enjoy your time spent near the water. Punta Gorda and Dangriga are other Belize towns where you can hit the beaches during your vacation.

Although the stunning coral formation off the country's coast makes Belize more well-known as a scuba and snorkeling hot spot, the areas beaches are still something to experience. Although they are not large in size or number, the white-sand beaches are beautiful, and vacationers are sure to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf that only Belize beaches can offer.


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