Recently I decided to take my family to see coral reefs, one of the Earth's great and endangered wonders. I heard Belize had amazing reefs back in the '80s while traveling in Quintana Roo, but couldn't get there at the time. With this in mind I slowly scanned Google satellite images of the Belizean coast. The distance between the beach and barrier reef varied - it varied from a hundred feet or so to miles and miles. Tranquility Bay Resort appeared to be the ONLY resort in Belize where you could wade directly to the barrier reef (please see the attached image).
When we arrived we found this to be true! Except you don't need to wade... they have scattered seaworthy kayaks along the beach in front of the cabanas, and provided mooring buoys out by the barrier reef. The reef is alive and teaming with life. One guest snorkeled with a manatee near reef channel South by Southwest of the resort in the image.
Everything else was fine: rooms, food, service, and the people were exceptionally nice. We availed ourselves of many of the activities including a trip to Mayan temples at Altun Ha, fishing, snorkeling, and in fact my wife and I became PADI certified!
I could wax on about the coolness of this place - but I'll finish here by saying if you want to experience the great barrier reef of Belize, there is almost certainly no better place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing 12 miles North of San Pedro Town, Tranquility Bay Resort is a secluded paradise. 10 Separate cabanas line the nicest beach on the island. The only resort on the island where it is safe to snorkel from the beach to the reef! Relax and enjoy our beautiful setting from our water top restaurant and watch the Tarpon, Barracuda and Eagle Rays swim under our dock lights! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Hotel Tranquility Bay
- Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye