Laughing Bird Caye

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Just 11 miles off the coast of Placencia Village on the western side of Victoria Channel is Laughing Bird Caye. This small spot of land is the southernmost island in the central lagoon of the barrier reef and features a diverse collection of marine habitats. Because of this, it was declared a protected area in 1981, then officially became a national park in 1991.

Laughing Bird Caye is set on a faro which encloses a central lagoon, and the island is separate from the mainland by deep channels along each side of the island.

Laughing Bird Caye is a great place to spend a day snorkeling, diving, and exploring nature. Most people pack picnic lunches, but there are also spots for barbecuing on the beach.


Situated in , happily welcomes residents and visitors who are lodging in this part of Belize. However, even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you are free to drop by for some fun in the sun.

The only way to get to Laughing Bird Caye is to hire a boat guide to take you from Placencia.

Positioned near the center of Belize, Laughing Bird Caye welcomes tourists who are rooming in this area of Central America. Even if you are not staying particularly close, you are free to drop by to check out the sights. It is southeast of Placencia.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area is eating food at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. The Shak, which plates up Indian fare, is also the most convenient dining option from the wildlife reservation. Also within reach, you'll encounter options like The Crow's Nest Cafe and Merlene's Cafe where you should be sure to eat some Belizean meals and enjoy the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

There are at least one or two additional attractions nearby, including World's Narrowest Main Street, which is 12 and a half miles away Placencia.

More Information


It is free to visit Laughing Bird Caye; however, you'll probably have to pay a guide between $40 and $100(USD) to get there. 140



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