The largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, the Mesoamerican Reef extends along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the entire coast of Belize, and parts of Guatemala and Honduras. Gladden Spit sits towards the southern end of the reef, directly east of Placencia, off the southern coast of Belize. Angelers have used Gladden Spit since the 1920s to catch mutton snapper and grouper, but these days the area is more popular as a diving and snorkeling hotspot, especially in summer when whale sharks come through in large numbers.

 
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Beach Review of Gladden Spit Marine Reserve

Away Travel Expert: Travis Marshall
BeachExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Scuba Diving,Snorkeling
Gladden Spit is the only place in the Caribbean where you can actually scuba dive with a whale shark. (Most whale shark tours are snorkels-only.) The 18- to 25-foot-long beasts come to these waters in summer only, and their appearance coincides

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Address:
Offshore Barrier Reef
Placencia
Belize


Visitor Information


Neighborhood: 25 miles offshore from Palencia
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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