Located on the northernmost tip of Ambergris Caye, Bacalar Chico is said to be one of the most pristine reserves in Belize. In addition to being a protected marine reserve since 1996, Bacalar Chico is a declared World Heritage Site, along with the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s an ideal getaway for nature and history enthusiasts – the reserve has a wide array of marine life for snorkeling – including gorgeous coral, West Indian manatees and the country’s largest turtle nesting site – almost 200 species of birds, mangroves and several Maya archeological sites.
A mere 45-minute boat journey from San Pedro, the park is home to “Rocky Point” the only place in Belize where the Barrier Reef actually touches the coastline, making it a popular dive site. A Visitor’s Center at the park provides ample information on the flora and fauna sightings. The beautiful beaches are ideal for a day’s snorkel and diving trip, ending with a beach barbeque.