Mesoamerican Reef, Caribbean Basin

Adam Catlin

Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras

The Mesoamerican Reef region lies within the Caribbean Sea and touches the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It contains the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, stretching nearly 700 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down through the Honduran Bay Islands. There are many different types of coral that provide homes and food to hundreds of fish species, marine turtles, and sharks. Along the shores, mangroves provide habitat for fish and shorebirds as well as protect coastal areas from the damage associated with hurricanes and strong storms.

All-Inclusive Package

Airfare (1 week) from DFW to Belize City, Belize:

Nonstop:

American: $864

US Airways: $864

1 Stop:

American: $867

US Airways: $1,022

United: $853

Delta: $879

Lodging (1 room, 2 guests):

Royal palm Island Resort: $684 per night

This is a resort style hotel that is located on the beach.

Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel: $91 per night

Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina: $155 per night

Things To Do:

Belize Reef Snorkel Tour: $75 per person (Belizean Adventures)

Goff's Caye Island Getaway (Snorkling Experience: $45 per person (Ecological Tours and Services)

Cave Tubing and Zipline Combo: $99 per person (Ecological Tours and Services)

Restaurants:

The Wet Lizard: Popular place to get American and authentic Caribbean cuisine.

The Smokey Mermaid: Fine international cuisine with the best Caribbean flavors.

Warnings/Restrictions/Risks

Vaccinations are suggested for hepatitis A and typhoid. The traveler’s tetanus and diphtheria vaccination should also be up to date. Passport must be valid for length of stay, except U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (i.e., cruises that begin and end at the same U.S. port) will be permitted to enter and depart with a birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID