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Islands (Cayes) of Belize
The cayes, the offshore atolls and the barrier reef are one of the main attractions of Belize. The barrier reef, which is 185 miles long, is the longest in the Western Hemisphere. The cayes (pronounced keys) are islands that are located between the mainland and the barrier reef.
Although the mangrove cayes are normally uninhabitable by humans, they do provide a superior habitat for birds and marine life. Many birds, fish, shellfish, and marine organisms begin their lives within the protection of the mangrove. On the other hand, the island cayes, which are distinguishable by their palm trees, have provided the foundation for the development of many fine resorts to serve the water sports enthusiasts and the marine naturalists. The cayes and atolls provide superior opportunity for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sailing and sea kayaking, as well as being a habitat for both nesting birds and turtles.
South Water Caye
Lighthouse Reef Atoll
These are just a few of the more famous cayes within the hundreds of islands in Belize. They all provide first class scuba diving, snorkeling and many other activities. Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Light House Reef all have an airstrip, which makes access to these exotic islands an easy venture.
Belize offers many different islands to meet your specific needs, some only 20 minutes away from the mainland and others more exclusive though less accessible. All will make your vacation in Belize unforgettable!