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The small reef of Mexico Rocks emerges from the middle of Ambergis Caye lagoon. It is found to be a perfect spot to discover the underwater world of Belize from its shallow depths. Not only can you find small colorful fish, you can also spot huge moray eels, sharks, and rays- all within 3 meters from the sea floor.
Mexico Rocks is easily located in the lagoon, north of San Pedro. You can go there through boat tours that last a few hours, often combining Mexico Rocks and Tres Cocos snorkeling spots (around $50 per person, with National Park tax included).
You can enter into the water directly off your boat.
While exploring Mexico Rocks, you can see its small reefs surrounded by seagrass beds. Founded by its moderate depth (↕1.5-3m), it is situated halfway between the island and the coral reef.
Here, the reefs are rather degraded, but we are still able find extraordinary areas of massive coral, brain coral, and a wide variety of gorgonians. We can also spot a few colored sponges attached to the reef. Around this coral reef lies grand areas of seagrass beds, where you can see queen conchs, the well-known symbolic shell of the underwater meadows in the Caribbean.
Mexico Rocks is one of the most popular spots to visit in the region. Due to the feedings practiced by certain boats, many species inhabit or frequent the reef. In particular, you can see huge green moray eels, nurse sharks, and Southern stingrays which are more friendly and don’t hesitate to approach very close to fellow snorkelers in the area. If you have the chance, you might see a spotted eagle ray or a turtle cross the seagrass bed, which are two less common species that can also be found in these waters. Also commonly found here are lobsters (spotted by their long antennas peaking from their hidings in the overhangs of the reef), gray angelfish, and porkfish.
This spot is suitable for beginners, as you can spot exceptional species just from the surface of the water. Although it is located in the lagoon, this area can sometimes be less ideal when it is too windy.
Tours to Mexico Rocks can be arranged from virtually 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.
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Reef cut with sharks, turtles, moray eels and schools of fish
Seagrass meadows with nurse sharks and stingrays
Sandy channel edged by mangrove
Shallow coral gardens with many fish
Fringing reef and seagrass beds
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