The small Central American country of Belize is known for its beautiful coast, where turquoise waters and elaborate coral reefs make a home to a multitude of colorful sea creatures.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world at 200 miles long and offers an endless number of place to explore, so it's not surprising that snorkeling and diving are among the most popular outdoor activities in Belize.
Cruise ships visit the port of Belize City, but there's no snorkeling here. For snorkeling, cruise ship passengers can take a water taxi (they are abundant in Belize City) to the Cayes or you can make the quick flight to San Pedro, where you can explore the stunning Hol Chan Marine Reserve and other nearby sites. Both are excellent snorkeling options.
Ambergris Caye is a popular spot for snorkeling, but a better bet is nearby Caye Caulker, where you'll find amazing snorkeling and fewer people. Nurse sharks and a variety of rays are regularly sighted here, and bottle-nosed dolphin can often be seen swimming around boats while going to the reef.
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley are among the best snorkeling sites in Belize. The snorkeling is so good, it attracts many visitors but it's more than worth the trip. You're going to get up-close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, and you're sure to see spectacular sights while exploring the reef.