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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

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Belize City, Belize
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Belize's barrier reef is the largest in the northern hemisphere and an outstanding natural system. Comprised of multiple offshore atolls, sandy cays, coastal estuaries and mangrove forests, the reef ... Read more
is a hotbed of ecological diversity. Some of the rarest marine species in the area call the reef home, including manatees and marine crocodiles. UNESCO designated the reef a World Heritage Site and, in 2009, added it to the list of WHS in danger of destruction.

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Second largest barrier reef in the world! See the expansive diversity of this incredible ecosystem. Well worth a visit.

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The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system's seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species.

The reef extends from the border with Mexico to the north, to near the Guatemalan border to the south. The Belize submarine shelf and its barrier reef, represent the world second largest reef system and the largest reef complex in the Atlantic-Caribbean area. Outside the barrier, there are three large atolls: Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef and Glover's Reef.

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one of the top dive sites in the world

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