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Tobacco Caye, Stann Creek District, Belize

Tobacco Caye, Stan Creek District, BelizeTobacco Caye is a tiny island off the coast of Belize, popular with budget travelers. Hammocks, novels, group meals and a healthy dose of snorkeling are likely to fill your day.

At only about 200 feet wide and 400 feet long, the atmosphere is intimate and social, but relaxing and friendly. About 20 Belizeans reside here permanently, but there's no school, so children spend the week on a nearby island, and come home only on the weekends to stay with their families.

Kick off your sandals when you arrive to the island. You'll be walking around the island for the duration of your stay, might as well feel the sand between your toes. If you're a great swimmer and have some energy to burn, consider trying to swim a loop around the island... the hammock will still be there when you get back. Needless to say, there are no roads or vehicles of any sort on the island... not even a single sidewalk.

Things to do

Swim. The only exercise you could possibly hope for, short of bringing a yoga mat. While the island is almost entirely covered in sand, the water's edge is rocky, and no sandy beach exists. Several piers scattered around make for easier sea access.

Snorkel. About the only activity in the immediate vicinity of the island. There's a reef along the south edge, which you can swim out to and see a decent amount of things and a bit of coral or hire one of the men with a boat to take you a bit further south (1km) where the sea life is much richer. Day trips and 1/2 day trips that visit several snorkeling spots include mangroves to spot manatees, the reef near Thatch Caye, or Glover's Reef.

Clean Fish? Around sunset, on the western pier in front of Tobacco Caye bar, local fisherman prepare their fish (or ones caught by fishing tourists) and wash them here at the dock, drawing a little crowd of onlookers. Fish guts may not be that interesting, but the animals that swarm in to eat them are... you'll likely spot a variety of birds, stingrays and even a moray eel all converging on the scene.

Dive. Possible with one of the area dive shops. They both run trips to the beautiful Glover's Reef, the infamous Blue Hole, among others.