Belize Barrier-Reef Reserve System

Belize Barrier-Reef Reserve System

The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south within the country limits. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300-kilometer (190 mi) long section of the 900-kilometer (560 mi) Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is continuous from Cancún on the north-eastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya and up to Honduras, making it one of the largest coral reef systems in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the New Caledonia Barrier Reef. It is Belize’s top tourist destination, popular for scuba diving and snorkeling and attracting almost half of its 260,000 visitors. It is also vital to the country’s fishing industry.

Charles Darwin described it as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies” in 1842.

Outline
The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south within the country limits.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Miguasha National Park

    Miguasha National Park

  2. Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

    Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

  3. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

    Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

  1. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

  2. Pre-Historical City of Chichen Itza

    Pre-Historical City of Chichen Itza

  3. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

    Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

  1. Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

    Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

  2. La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

    La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

  3. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

    Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

  1. Tikal National Park

    Tikal National Park

  2. Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

    Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

  3. The Rideau Canal

    The Rideau Canal

  1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park

  2. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

    Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

  3. Viñales Valley

    Viñales Valley

  1. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

    Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

  2. Chaco Culture

    Chaco Culture

  3. Ruins of León Viejo

    Ruins of León Viejo

  1. Historic Town of Morelia

    Historic Town of Morelia

  2. Old Town Lunenburg

    Old Town Lunenburg

  3. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

    Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

  1. León Cathedral

    León Cathedral

  2. Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

    Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

  3. Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

    Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

  1. Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

    Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

  2. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

    Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

  3. Nahanni National Park

    Nahanni National Park

  1. Independence Hall

    Independence Hall

  2. Historic Centre of Puebla

    Historic Centre of Puebla

  3. Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia

    Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia

  1. Luis Barragán House and Studio

    Luis Barragán House and Studio

  2. University of Virginia

    University of Virginia

  3. Darien National Park

    Darien National Park

  1. Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

    Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

  2. Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

    Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

  3. Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park

  1. Pitons Management Area

    Pitons Management Area

  2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  3. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

    L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top