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7 BEST Belize Overwater Bungalows (with Epic Hidden Gems!)

Dreaming of an unforgettable Caribbean vacation? Here is the definitive guide to the best Belize overwater bungalows for the ultimate escape!

Does Belize have overwater bungalows? You better Belize it! We’ve put together the definitive guide to the top Belize overwater bungalows you’ve been waiting for ⏤ featuring the very best that Belize has to offer, from budget to bucket list!

Lori and I called Belize home for over a year, and what a year it was! This amazing country holds a special place in our hearts and ranks as one of the most unique and breathtaking places we’ve visited.

We are so excited to introduce you to some of the best overwater bungalows in the Caribbean, not far from U.S. shores!

If we were planning an unforgettable over-the-water getaway in Belize for ourselves right now (woohoo!) this guide would be our shortlist.

If you’re planning your own escape to paradise, you’re sure to find something to love in one of the Belize overwater bungalows below.

So pack your swimsuit and sunscreen and let’s get to it!

In a hurry? Here’s a quick look at our picks to get you started

Read on for all the details and start packing for paradise!


7 Breathtaking Belize Overwater Bungalows

Picking the perfect island stay will be a breeze with our hand-picked list of top overwater bungalows in Belize (arranged in no particular order – they’re all fabulous!).

Interactive Map – Overwater Bungalows in Belize

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Open the map in a new window to zoom and scroll. Map Key: [1] Thatch Caye Resort; [2] St. George’s Caye Resort; [3] Little Peter Oasis Private Island; [4] Lina Point Belize Overwater Resort; [5] Coco Plum Island Resort; [6] Cayo Espanto; [7] Tobacco Caye Paradise.

Use our custom interactive map, above, to compare locations of overwater bungalows in Belize featured in this article.

Whether you are planning the island vacation of a lifetime or looking to get away from it all for a while, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for below.

Don’t miss our top tips for making the most of your stay at overwater bungalows in Belize at later in this guide.



NEAR DANGRIGA ALL-INCLUSIVE ALL AGES

Thatch Caye, a Muy’Ono Resort

No doubt, Belize is home to some fantastic over-the-water stays.

But if you are looking for some of the best overwater bungalows in Belize with an eco-driven philosophy, chances are the Muy’Ono Thatch Caye Resort will top your list.

You could find more luxurious (and more expensive) island resorts in Belize, but few of them match the privacy and views of Thatch Caye’s ‘Premier Overwater Bungalows,’ as well as their excellent food, welcoming staff, and personalized service.

Thatch Caye welcomes everyone, but is especially popular with honeymooners, scuba divers, and yoga enthusiasts looking for an escape from it all without sacrificing modern comforts.

HOT TIP  If you have the option, it’s a good idea to spring for the all-inclusive package, as it generally ends up being a better deal for most guests. The nightly rate on sites such as Hotels.com and Booking.com currently includes the all-inclusive package. However, it’s always a good idea to thoroughly read the hotel and room description as things do change from time to time.


NEAR BELIZE CITY ALL-INCLUSIVE ADULTS-ONLY

St. George’s Caye Resort

If you’re looking for overwater bungalows in Belize with outstanding amenities, top-notch service, and a stunning location not far from Belize City, then be sure to check out the superb St. George’s Caye Resort!

This adults-only slice of Caribbean paradise features air-conditioned Tahitian-style water cabanas, excellent food, a friendly and casual atmosphere, and some of the best diving and angling in Belize just a short distance away.

A truly memorable overwater stay in Belize.

HOT TIP  The Overwater Cabanas face the mangroves to the west and get stunning sunsets, while the Oceanfront Cabanas are east facing toward the Caribbean Sea breezes and spectacular sunrises.


NEAR BELIZE CITY ALL-INCLUSIVE AGES 10+

Little Peter Oasis Private Island

Dream of having a tropical island all to yourself? Then check out Little Peter Oasis Private Island!

Three amazing acres of prime Caribbean island real estate can all be yours in this unique stay not far from Belize City.

At the heart of the island is an exquisite overwater villa, equipped with a water-level sun deck, two bedrooms and two baths (for up to four guests), and a well-stocked kitchen.

Also included in your stay is your very own private chef to prepare you three gourmet meals a day in paradise.

Hands down, one of the best overwater bungalows in Belize and a true bucket list stay!


SAN PEDRO (AMBERGRIS CAYE) ALL AGES

Lina Point Belize Overwater Resort

Looking for a luxury overwater cabana in Belize with its very own private plunge pool?

Top-rated Lina Point Belize Overwater Resort in San Pedro offers some of the most well-appointed overwater bungalows in Belize!

Featuring a welcoming vibe, fantastic sunset views, lots of nearby activities, and glass floors in some of the bungalows, you may find yourself extending your stay for much longer than you planned.



NEAR DANGRIGA ALL-INCLUSIVE ADULTS ONLY

Coco Plum Island Resort

Coco Plum Island Resort wows guests with its spectacular 16-acre private island, stunning Caribbean views, and first-class service and amenities.

This all-inclusive adults-only stay offers some of the most private seafront cabanas you’re bound to find in Belize, in addition to incredible service, excellent cuisine, and world class snorkeling, diving, and fishing.

Coco Plum has been listed as one of Travel+Leisure’s 15 Best All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts in the World and it’s easy to see why.

One of a very few true bucket list stays in Belize!

HOT TIP  If you’re craving the most peaceful and private lodging options at the resort, book the 3-Bedroom Overwater Villa or one of the Premium Suite Cabanas toward the end of the island.


NEAR SAN PEDRO ALL-INCLUSIVE ALL AGES

Cayo Espanto

Do you dream of escaping to your own jungly island paradise in the Caribbean (without sacrificing the amenities of a vacation getaway)?

Cayo Espanto might just be your dream come true!

Offering one overwater bungalow and six villas with over-the-water sun decks, it’s easy to lose yourself in this bucket list stay, located just offshore from Ambergris Caye.

Rest assured that lush vegetation, white sands, and crystalline waters will be all you see during lazy and sun-filled days.

That is, until you’re ready for room service or a visit from a masseuse.

HOT TIP  While the villas each have their own private pier, Cayo Espanto only has one completely over-the-water cabana – Casa Ventana – which is located at the end of a 150-foot pier offering privacy and luxury touches. If you’re set on staying in Casa Ventana, make sure you book well in advance! It’s a hard one to snag.


NEAR DANGRIGA MEAL PLAN AVAILABLE ALL AGES

Tobacco Caye Paradise

Tobacco Caye Paradise resort offers the quintessential Belizean over-the-water cabana experience for visitors, and does not disappoint.

The island of Tobacco Caye is located about ten miles off the coast of Dangriga, Stann Creek, and right smack on the Belize Barrier Reef.

On one side of the island, calm, shallow waters beckon snorkelers and swimmers. And on the other, the Caribbean Sea for spectacular sunrise views.

Each overwater cabana is equipped with a hammock, sea deck, and ensuite bathroom.

Take advantage of breathtaking stargazing opportunities, spectacular snorkeling around the island, and falling asleep to the sound of the Caribbean Sea lapping just feet away.

Few stays in Belize offer a better opportunity to truly unplug and relax. Tobacco Caye offers the best rustic overwater bungalows in Belize at an affordable price!

HOT TIP  Tobacco Caye Paradise offers a meal plan option for guests which we highly recommend, as there aren’t a lot of dining options on this remote island.



BONUS Belize Beach Bungalows!

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Photo credit: Ray Caye Island Resort

Ray Caye Island Resort

While they might not extend over the water, the exceptional cabanas and villas at Ray Caye Island Resort won’t fail to impress discerning guests with exceptional amenities and service just steps from the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Enjoy the resort’s large, private beach, fully-furnished and well-appointed accommodation, snorkel and scuba trips, massages, paddle boards, kayaks, Hobie Cats and more!

For honeymooners, be sure to check out the resort’s amazing beachfront Honeymoon Suite, complete with private deck and plunge pool!


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Photo credit: Manta Island Resort

Manta Island Resort

The newest offering on our Belize list is Manta Island Resort, an exceptional all inclusive beach resort on Glover’s Reef Atoll.

Offering one of the few true all-inclusive resort packages in Belize, guests have a variety of activities at their fingertips in and around Glover’s Reef Protected Marine Reserve.

Manta Island Resort offers beautifully constructed private cabanas and reef villas with air-conditioning, covered decks, and loads of other amenities.

For the ultimate stay at Manta Island Resort, check out their Belize Reef Villa with Plunge Pool – for the perfect island honeymoon or any special occasion.



Top Tips for Getting the Most Out of Overwater Bungalows in Belize

  • Not all Belize overwater bungalows are created equal! There can even be significant differences between different bungalows in the same property.
  • Some of Belize’s overwater bungalows are located on remote islands 1-2 hours from the mainland. We recommend bringing plenty of snacks and even a small first-aid kit, as stock on the island may be limited.
  • On that note, if your resort offers a meal plan, it’s usually a good bet to take advantage of that. On Belize’s offshore cayes, restaurant options outside of your resort may be seasonal, limited, or non-existent.
  • Before your arrival date, it’s a good idea to contact the resort directly to touch base regarding transport to the island (date, time, location, and cost).
  • Belize overwater bungalows (even luxury villas) tend to have a very limited number of power outlets in each bungalow (sometimes only one). If you plan to bring more than just your phone, you’ll want to pack a small power strip to charge your devices.
  • Don’t bet on WiFi at even the most luxurious overwater bungalows in Belize. WiFi on the cayes is generally dependent on cell coverage and often non-existent. Best to keep this in mind when planning your trip. If WiFi is a deal-breaker, contact the resort ahead of time regarding availability and reliability.

Belize Frequently Asked Questions

Does Belize have overwater bungalows?

YES!!! Belize is one of the few countries on the Caribbean that offers overwater bungalows. Bungalows range from very basic to quite luxurious. Be sure to check out our carefully curated guide to overwater bungalows in Belize, above, for our absolute favorites.

When is the best time to visit Belize?

With the right attitude, any time of year can be a great time to visit Belize! If you’re after the driest, sunniest weather, December through May is your best bet. However, expect the highest prices and worst availability during this time, particularly in December and January. If you’re looking for the best prices and availability, think about visiting from June through October. But be prepared for rain and the possibility of severe weather, particularly in Southern Belize (Stann Creek and Toledo), which receives the most rainfall.

Is the water deep in Belize?

Depends on where you are! Most of Belize is protected by the Belize Barrier Reef. In the north, depths can be measured in mere feet within the area bounded by the mainland and the reef. As you head farther south, the water gets deeper, forming the Main and Victoria channels (reaching ~100 feet). On the eastern side of the Belize Barrier Reef, the shelf drops quickly to depths of around 9,000 feet. All of the resorts listed in this guide are located either in the shallows between the mainland and barrier reef, or directly on the barrier reef itself.


Thanks for Reading Our Guide to the Best Overwater Bungalows in Belize!

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Cover photo credit: Lina Point Belize Overwater Resort

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