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Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve

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Address: northern tip of Ambergris Caye, Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Clear water!

The water is clear, the fish are beautiful and for the most part, you are in the shallows so snorkeling is relatively easy. We saw several varieties of snapper, conch, stingray... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Fort Collins
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The water is clear, the fish are beautiful and for the most part, you are in the shallows so snorkeling is relatively easy. We saw several varieties of snapper, conch, stingray, lion fish, lobster and a nurse shark to name a few...

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

I HIGHLY recommend this over the other snorkel trips if you can handle the longer boat ride. We went on a fishing expedition and I wished I could have gone back every day. There is almost no one up there, which is saying a lot when you know how many people are staying on Ambergris Caye. We had lunch at... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I think the tour company I went out took us to the worst snorkel spots. We only had two snorkel stops here. One was North of the point where the reef touches the shore... there was tons of gorgeous coral but not a whole lot of animal life to see. The other stop was at Tranquility Bay where most of... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve had some of the best coral reefs. So many fish and coral. Starfish, sand dollars, conch and colors that you won't believe.

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We took a private day boat trip to Bacalar Chico in May 2014. We took the west (leeward) side of the island in both directions, to avoid some rough water on the east (reef) side. The west side of the island is quite different than the east side. Shallow, calm and pristine. The ranger station at Bacalar Chico has a... More 

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michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Remote & Beautiful is the best way to discribe the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. It is a 45 minute to one hour boat ride from San Pedro. We were fortunate to stay in the Marine Reserve while at Tranquility Bay Resort, this is a 30 minute boat ride from SP. While staying at the resort we did... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Peaceful, beautiful, winding channel through a mangrove forest. We caught baby barracuda and a small snapper. Manatees are frequently seen, but we were not so lucky.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Boat set out and shouldn't have as waves too high. Boat crashed going into reef. Rescued by luck after three hours in water. Be ware of weather conditions.

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Snorkelled in 2 different areas inside the reef though to get there we had to experience the current and rough waves outside - somewhat exciting ! Didn't get to see Manatee whilst snorkelling (weather conditions perhaps) however did see a mother and calf in the quieter channels. The museum and Mayan ruins (little more than an area of excavation) at... More 

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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We actually stayed in the Reserve at Tranquility Bay Resort so are a little spoiled; I'm sure visiting as a day trip would be nice but couldn't be as memorable. Snorkeling highlights were a resident scrawled filefish, an octopus, big barracuda, big parrot fish, and a turtle.

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