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Friday, December 9, 2011

Sports and leisure in Belize

The cayes (pronounced "Kiiza") is one of the main attractions of Belize. And you are spoiled for choice. Imagine a myriad of islands, islets and pieces of sand along the barrier reef, a few miles from the coast. So small and flat as some disappear and reappear at a rate of hurricanes. Most are uninhabited, buried under the mangrove havens for marine animals and birds. Some are home to luxury resorts for North Americans, overpriced, as in San Pedro. Others, such as Caye Caulker, constitute the base for backpackers in search of coconut trees, crystal clear water and marine life.

For it is clear especially in the cayes for diving and snorkelling. The coral reef of Belize, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, is the longest in the northern hemisphere and the world after Australia. It stretches 184 miles (nearly 295 km) to the Mexican border. Greatly affected after El NiƱo, corals regenerate now with fabulous fauna of exceptional richness, thanks to the many marine reserves created along the reef. Needless to say snorklers (snorkeling) and diver, even beginners, put them treat for the eyes.

The two main islands, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker and Placencia Peninsula, the agencies will take you on diving spots around the day or half day.

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