Best Hotels in Belize on the Beach
Belize City is the largest city in Belize, and it is the place where most people arrive when visiting on vacation. Those looking for long stretches of white sand beaches may be surprised to find that Belize City really doesn't have any. Most of the nation's coastline is covered in mangroves, and sandy spots to stretch out in the sun and play in the clear Caribbean waters are few and far between. Travel beyond Belize City to find them.
If you want to find the absolute best beaches in Belize, you'll have to venture a considerable distance from Belize City. At 180 miles south of the city, Placenia Peninsula is the closest place to Belize City to find an ideal beach scene. The 17-mile-long peninsula is home to a small unremarkable village, but tourists enjoy spending time here because of the availability of white sand and warm waters. There are some hotel accommodations for those who want to spend a little extra time in this area for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing, but you'll need reservations during peak winter periods.
One of the offshore islands in Belize is known as Caye Caulker. This tiny island just northwest of Belize City is s short boat ride to a wide range of beach activities. The beaches on the island are not large or especially stunning compared to other Caribbean ports of call, but they are some of the best beaches close to the city - and there is a lot to do here. World-class snorkeling along the Belize barrier reef is among the most popular attractions. Sailing, windsurfing, up-close encounters with manatee, kayaking, swimming and relaxing are all things you can enjoy on this small spot in the ocean.