The Worlds Best Snorkeling - Belize

Three of the four Caribbean atolls are found off the shores of Belize, making it an extremely attractive destination for snorkelers. The country also has the second largest barrier reef in the world running parallel to its coast. No wonder Belize is reckoned as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. Particularly popular among snorkelers is Shark and Ray Alley where hundreds of stingrays of all sizes congregate at some sand banks no deeper than two and a half meters (8 feet), often accompanied by families of nurse sharks.

The clear, turquoise waters averaging between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius (80-85 degrees Fahrenheit) and the proximity of the barrier reef make Ambergris Caye and its marine reserves another favorite with snorkelers according to Belize.com: "The most popular destination is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, located 4 miles southeast of San Pedro. The ocean floor ranges from 5 to 35 feet, so both divers and snorkelers have the opportunity to swim in what seems like an underwater aquarium, teeming with colorful tropical fish of all sizes and types and beautiful coral formations."

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