Belize is a popular Central America destination for people who enjoy traveling. There are plenty of things to see and do in this area. Located on the Carribean coast, there are plenty of water-related activities for visitors to participate in. People looking to travel to the area may be interested in the top snorkeling spots in Belize.
Snorkeling in Belize is a popular activity. This is an activity in which people swim on or through water equipped with a diving mask, a tube called a snorkel, and often fins. Sometimes a wetsuit is worn. Snorkeling allows people to view the world that lives on underneath the ocean. It makes it easy for people to spend an extended amount of time under the water because they are able to breath out of the snorkel and do not have to hold their breath. This can be done by young people, adults and even older individuals.
Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the entire world. It is nearly the entire length of Belize. Most snorkeling spots are located along this barrier reef, but are offshore atolls. A boat ride may be necessary to access some snorkeling areas. Atolls are typically thirty to sixty miles from the shore
The little town known as San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is a hot spot for snorkelers. Here, the reef is extremely close, which is one of the reasons that many people populate the spot. Clarity of water is better in the north than the south.
Ambergris Caye is a popular caye for snorkeling. It offers easy access to the reef and the best accommodations that Belize has to offer. Some of the most popular spots of Ambergris: Shark Ray Alley, Tres Cocos, Mexico Rocks and Hol Chan Cut. Shark Ray Alley is located in shallow water and a feeding area that attracts nurse sharks, plenty of stingrays and fish, and pretty corals. Hol Chan Cut has both shallow and deeper waters. This spot has currents and a greater diversity of fish species.
Tres Cocos is a shallow region right at the barrier reef edge. It has a lot of fish and some current. The patch reef area known as Mexico Rocks is great for beginners and experienced.
The outer atolls refers to the three offshore atolls where people can enjoy this activity. These may not be for all people because they require a fairly long ride on a boat to be accessed. The three atolls: Lighthouse Reef, Turnoff Islands and Glovers Reef. Lighthouse is the furthest out and surrounded by reef with a shallow center that is around 10 feet. There are hundreds of coral heads inside and this is the home to the famously known Blue Hole. Turneffe is the closest atoll and features a collection of cayes in a reef. Glovers reef is in the south and is one of the more highly recommended outer atolls. It is surrounded by reef and features shallow water with lots of coral heads.
There are many cases located south of Ambergris that might be worth exploring. Some of the cayes worth checking out: Rendezvous, Carrie Bow, Colson, Pompion, Little Water and Gladden. People should do research to learn more about the best areas for this water activity. Lessons are available to visitors as well.