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 located near the heart of Belize, in Central America; it is 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

After spending some time at the nature preserve you find your stomach stomach growling, there's any easy solution -- you're going to find a wide variety of food offerings in this area. Sea Urchin Bar & Restaurant, which serves up American meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. The Shak and The Crow's Nest Cafe offer additional food and drink options near Laughing Bird Caye. At The Crow's Nest Cafe you might sample eclectic fare and experience the flavors of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

There are a couple other activities in the area, 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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