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Ambergris Caye, Caye Corker & the Turneffe Islands

BELIZE OFFSHORE ISLANDS

More than any other Central American Caribbean location, Belize plays host to tourists year round. Outside of the main region, there are many off shore islands worth exploring. Whether you’re in Belize for business or pleasure, these gems are worth taking the time to explore.

Ambergris Caye is considered to be the largest island in Belize, and yet contains only one town – San Pedro. Serving as a trading hub for literally centuries, you will find plenty of places to buy fresh produce and fish, as well as many prime dive spots.

If you would rather stay above water, there are still many activities to enjoy, including birding, sailing, hiking, skydiving and antique shopping. Ambergris Caye is also home to the Costa Maya festival, held every summer with a fanfare of parades, music, celebrity appearances and a beauty pageant.

Caye Corker, more commonly known today as Caye Caulker, is a limestone coral island found off the coast. In complete contrast to large and bustling Ambergris Caye, Caye Corker is only 5 by 1 miles in size and did not welcome many tourists until the late 1960s. Currently it is known for its art scene and reggae music, as well as its gorgeous walking tours. The island is small enough that a visitor can walk the length of it in about 20 minutes. If you are fair-skinned take caution before visiting Cay Caulker – the entire island contains white coral sand which reflects the sunlight and can even cause a burn in the shade.

Finally, the Blackbird Caye, located in the Turneffe Islands is a winning destination for island-loving tourists. Since it’s situated right next to the Belize Barrier Reef, it tends to be very popular with divers, snorkelers and other water enthusiasts. Stay in a cabin at a local resort, and be sure to visit the aquarium. Mingling with the locals is another popular activity on Blackbird Caye as they’re known for their positive, laidback outlook on life.

Off shore islands are the perfect solution for those who want to get away from the crowds but don’t want to “rough it” on vacation. These smaller land masses satisfy the desire to relax without having to work very hard at it.

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