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Last updated on September 30, 2022
The small reef of Mexico Rocks emerges from the middle of Ambergis Caye lagoon. It is a great location to discover Belize’s shallow underwater world. Not only can you find small colorful fish, but you can also spot huge moray eels, sharks, and rays- all in less than 10 feet of water.
Mexico Rocks is located in the middle of the lagoon, north of San Pedro. You can go there with half-day boat tours, which often combine snorkeling in Mexico Rocks and Tres Cocos (around $50 per person, with National Park tax included).
Water entrance is from your boat.
Mexico Rocks features small patch reefs surrounded by seagrass beds, in a moderate depth (↕4-10ft/1.5-3m). It is located halfway between the island and the coral reef.
The reef is overall damaged, but large areas of healthy massive coral, brain coral, and gorgonians are still visible. You can also spot a few colored sponges attached to the reef. Around this coral reef lies extensive seagrass meadows where queen conchs are common.
Mexico Rocks is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Belize. A large diversity of fish species call the area home, including green morays, nurse sharks, and Southern stingrays, which can be quite inquisitive. Lucky snorkelers might also spot a spotted eagle ray or a hawksbill turtle, regular visitors to the site. Also commonly found here are lobsters, gray angelfish, and porkfish.
This spot is recommended for beginners, who will enjoy vibrant sea life in a shallow sea. Although it is located in the lagoon, this area can sometimes be choppy when it is too windy.
Tours to Mexico Rocks can be arranged from any hotel in Ambergris Caye.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
Reef cut with sharks, turtles, moray eels and schools of fish
Seagrass meadows with nurse sharks and stingrays
Sandy channel edged by mangrove
Free shore access
Shallow coral gardens with many fish
Shallow seagrass beds and coral patches with colorful fish