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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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Great to swim, snorkel, dive, watch birds and cruise lagoons,

Sign up to go with a guide that takes you to the San Juan park ranger station, there's a 45 foot high obeservation tower with a great panorama over the lagoons - fun to watch the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
LisandroVoyager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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327 reviews 327 reviews
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185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Sign up to go with a guide that takes you to the San Juan park ranger station, there's a 45 foot high obeservation tower with a great panorama over the lagoons - fun to watch the bird life all the views to get on any clear day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We booked a private tour (us and one other couple) to Bacalar Chico for the day. On the boat ride there from San Pedro we viewed the north end of the island and had an exciting ride out beyond the reef in the ocean where we saw flying fish. Once there we made two amazing snorkeling stops where we saw... More 

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Fort Collins
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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