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Beaches and snorkeling

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Beaches and snorkeling

We have not been to Belize or AC and are trying to decide if it's for us or not. Reading thru other posts gives us the impression that AC is not quite a "beach vacation" kind of destination like Cayman, Turks and Caicos, or other similar destinations. Am I correct in understanding there really isn't a beach at the "in town" accommodations (like Phoenix, which I see has a sliver of sand but a seawall which suggests swimming and snorkeling there is not great) but more remote locations on AC might offer the beach experience. True? Is most or all of the good snorkeling at the offshore reef, which would require a boat excursion? Is there such thing as a soft sand swimmable beach at a well rated hotel / condo or otherwise reasonably accessible?

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1. Re: Beaches and snorkeling

You're right, the Phoenix has a sea wall in front of the property. If people staying there want to swim in the ocean, I'm guessing the closest place would off the pier in front of Paradise Villas, which is next door.

Ramon's, on the south side of town, has a decent beach. It still won't hold a candle to Cayman or Turks though. People don't come to Belize for the beach, they come for the water activities, or other adventures.

Tranquility Bay, on far north Ambergris, has a nice beach, and you can actually swim to the reef from there to snorkel. Downside is, it's 13 miles north, and, if you choose to stay there, you will probably eat all your meals there. At least evening meals. Too far north for the water taxi. Perfect for some people, not so much for others.

Otherwise the good snorkeling does require a boat trip, albeit a short one. The reef is less than a mile from shore, which partially explains the lack of great beaches. The waves break on the reef, no wave action on the shore.

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2. Re: Beaches and snorkeling

Jeanh is correct. If you want a beach vacation like Cayman or T&C, you will be disappointed on the Belize Cayes where you will find sea walls and lots of sea grass at the waterfront. The diving and snorkeling was great along the reefs when we were there in May, but required a boat.

You might want to look at the USVI and BVI if you haven't already been there. It's easy to island hop if that's what you are interested in, along with great beaches.

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3. Re: Beaches and snorkeling

If fine dining and night life are not priorities, the resorts on the cayes off Dangriga offer soft beaches and amazing snorkeling from the beach, wall and coral diving very close by, e.g. South Water Caye .

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4. Re: Beaches and snorkeling

Also look at the hotels and inn in Hopkins and in Placencia for wider beaches

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