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Best Beaches

Chicago, Illinois
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Best Beaches

Hi,We're planning to trip in Belize and want to know which areas have the best beaches. It sounds like Ambergris and Caulker don't have much to offer. Looking for clear water, nice sand and some waves if possible.


Saint James City...
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1. Re: Best Beaches

Simply stated, Belize does not have world class beaches.

The proximity of the barrier reef keeps wave action to a bare minimum on the northern cayes of Ambergris and Caulker. This allows sea grass to grow along the shore. The water is clear and blue, but most swimming is done off the docks. The best beaches I know on Ambergris are at Ramon's Village and Banyan Bay. The sand is soft and white, the sea grass has been cleared.

Caye Caulker is a fun little island. There isn't much for beach. Most people swim and sun and snorkel at the 'split'. Great little beach bar there as well.

Placencia has the prettiest beaches. Lots of palm tree, it doesn't have all the piers that Ambergris and Caulker do. But, the sand is darker and coarse. By the time you get as far south as Placencia village, the reef is now 19 miles off shore, as opposed to less than a mile off Ambergris.

There are probably more waves, I've not been there enough to notice. Certainly not enough waves to surf.

Hopkins is another beach area, but, I've never been there, so won't comment.

Davie, Florida
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2. Re: Best Beaches

if its just about the beach......tulum

San Ignacio, Belize
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3. Re: Best Beaches

Like mentioned above, Belize surely isn't known for its beaches. That being said, Placencia has the nicest beach. It's a nice, little stretch of beach, and maybe an hour walk each way on it. For snorkeling in nice water, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a great day trip.


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4. Re: Best Beaches

Hopkins beach has lots of palm trees. The sand is not coarse and gritty like Ploacencia, but not powdery either. Clarity of water depends on whether there has been rain inland: lots of rain brings silt from the rivers, or strong winds, which stir up the bottom; then it needs a couple of days for the water to clear up ,otherwise. it is clear. Wave action depends entirely on the wind: it can be dead calm or have your classic white foamy small breakers. The sea bottom is also sandy, without sea grass, making it the perfect beach for swimming. Hopkins is half the distance to the reef as Placencia, about 9 miles. As I speak (write?), the water is clear enough to see the differences in depth, green in colour, with a slight ripple.

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