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islands of Belize

The country of Belize has roughly 386 km of coastline, and has many coral reefs, cays, and islands in the Carribbean Sea . Most of these form the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the western hemisphere stemming approximately 322 km (200 mi). The reef and its islands have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

The following is a list of oceanic islands of Belize, arranged according to region but all of which are in the Caribbean Sea. Most of the islands variate in spelling between "cay" and "caye", and also use the Spanish "cayo". River islands have not been listed.

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Inner islands

Ambergris group

Photo : The beach at San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye.

Ambergris Caye, in the far northeast, is the largest island in the country. To the northwest of Ambergris are:

  • Blackadore Caye (Cayo Negro)
  • Deer Cay
  • Cayo Frances
  • Cayo Iguana
  • Cayo Tostado (Swab Cay)

To the southwest:

  • Cayo Rosario (Guana Cay)
  • Mosquito Cay
  • Savannah Cay
  • Cayo Espanto

To the south:

  • Cangrejo Caye
  • Cayo Romero

Central group

This group of islands form an arch around the capital city's coastline. To the northeast are:

Directly off the coast are:

  • Hen Cay and Chicken Cay
  • Coffee Cay
  • Moho Cay
  • North Drowned Cay
  • Rider Cays
  • Stake Bank
  • Swallow Cay
  • Goff's Caye

To the southeast are:

  • Drowned Cays
  • Gallows Point Reef
  • Paunch Cay
  • Robinson Point Cay
  • Sergeants Cay
  • Spanish Lookout Cays

Southern group

Gradually heading in a line southward, the cays decrease in size before reaching the coast of Honduras. The following are arranged from north to south.

Further towards the coast of Punta Gorda are:

  • Snake Cayes
  • Moho Caye
  • Wild Cane Cay

Outer islands

Turneffe islands

The Turneffe Atoll is situated in the central Barrier Reef system, between the Inner Channel and Lighthouse Reef. It is made up of a number of large cays, such as Blackbird Caye, which surround a central lagoon. Smaller surrounding islands include:

Lighthouse Reef

Photo : The Lighthouse Reef's most famous site is the Great Blue Hole, located at its centre.

The Lighthouse Reef system is a sunken atoll, and consists of four islands:

Glover's Reef

The Glover's Reef system is mostly submerged, with a few tiny islands: Amounme Point Cay, Northeast Cay, Long Cay, Middle Cay and Southwest Cay.


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Other islands

  • Last Chance Cay, in Midwinter's Lagoon
  • Marlowe Cay, in Midwinter's Lagoon
  • Shipstern Cay, in Chetumal Bay

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