The Cayes (small islands surrounded by extensive coral reefs) off the coast are Belize at its best.
Tranquil and beautiful with a laid-back Caribbean feel, this is the place to come to enjoy fishing, snorkeling, diving or simply relaxing.
Most cayes are uninhabited or home only to local fishermen, but the largest, Ambergris Caye, is the most developed with some lovely beachfront properties.
From the mainland you fly to the town of San Pedro where you travel by motor boat or car to your accommodation. Although the town itself is great for shopping for local gifts, nightlife and delicious sea-food restaurants most people prefer to stay in the more secluded parts of the island.
Diving and snorkeling
The main attraction is snorkeling and scuba-diving on the stunning reefs amongst the soft and hard corals, abundant with sea-life. Excursions are widely available to Hol Chan Marine Park where you can swim with rays and small nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley, or take a boat trip to meet the weird and wonderful manatees as they rummage through the mangroves.
If you are interested in learning how to dive we can pre-arrange dive courses for you.
For more experienced divers full-day trips out to Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye and the Turneffe Islands can easily be arranged locally where you can dive famous sites such as the spectacular Blue Hole.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Cayes
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Cayes, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Cayes
Places & hotels on the map
Accommodation choices for the Cayes
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Cayes. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing the Cayes
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the Cayes, and which use the best local guides.