Laughing Bird Caye



No Laughing Matter

Off the coast of Placencia in Belize lies the type of island most of us can only dream about: tiny, secluded and pure heaven.

Of course, we’re describing Laughing Bird Caye, part of Laughing Bird Caye National Park, a protected area and haven for laughing gulls, brown pelicans, green herons and other bird species who enjoy the palm-tree-covered island almost as much as tourists do.

Secluded and Protected

To get to this tiny beach spot in the Caribbean, you’ll need to book a boat ride from a local guide offering day tours, which can last anywhere from one to six hours.

Remember when you get here that there will be plenty of scenery, but not much in the way of amenities.

Don’t miss out on the excellent snorkeling opportunities, where you can see angel fish, parrot fish, barracuda and lobsters, among other species.

Come Prepared

The best time to visit this minuscule paradise is November to April, when rainfall levels are low. Bring some snacks and treats; Laughing Bird Caye is an excellent place for a relaxing picnic and even has some picnic tables.

Laughing Bird Caye at a Glance

City:Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Country or State:Belize

Access:By boat

Best time to visit:November to April (dry season)

High Season:November to April

Low Season:May to October


  • Chairs and picnic tables
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded