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.


Laughing Bird Caye is situated toward the center of Belize, in Central America; it's to the east-southeast of Placencia.

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

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be enjoying food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this wildlife reservation. Sea Urchin Bar & Restaurant, which serves up American dishes, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. The Shak and Merl's Cafe are a couple other restaurant options close to this page's attraction. At Merl's Cafe you and your party will want to eat some Belizean food and experience the Belize culture.

Nearby Attractions

There are other places of interest 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

Location: Belize



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