Visit the Cayes, Belize
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, snorkelling, 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 snorkelling
The main attraction is snorkelling and scuba-diving on the stunning reefs amongst the soft and hard corals, abundant with sea-life. Excursions are widely, such as a boat trip out to meet the weird and wonderful manatees as they rummage through the mangroves.
For more experienced divers, full-day trips out to Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye and the Turneffe Islands can easily be arranged locally. From these cayes 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
Photos of the Cayes
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.
A traditionally elegant hotel with an excellent beachfront location on Ambergris Caye.
With an enviable location right on the beach, Xanadu offers guests a relaxing place to unwind and recuperate while enjoying dramatic vistas of the Caribbean Sea.
Located on the white sand beaches of Ambergris Caye, Matachica is ideal for those looking for a peaceful place to relax with plenty of laid-back Caribbean charm.
Located just a 30 minute boat ride away from San Pedro in the north of Ambergris Caye, Portofino Beach Resort is a lovely, peaceful retreat with charming guest suites and a beautiful beach.
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.
This excursion departs early in the morning, at around 6am, and arrives back at around 5.30pm - a full-day trip which allows for three incredible dives in some of the most pristine and beautiful underwater sites in Belize.