Isla Marisol Resort, Southwest Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll
No Caribbean bar is complete without a pirate story. Glover’s Reef Atoll is named after 17th pirate John Glover who allegedly discovered it (although Mayan artifacts have been found, so they found it first!). Pirates used the islands at Glover’s as a base to raid Spanish ships that had run aground on the reef, and modern-day atoll residents claim to have found historical artifacts such as cannon balls and glass bottles (but so far, no booty!)
Isla Marisol is a rustic diving and sports fishing retreat with classic Belizean charm. Owned by the Usher family since 1942, when it was a coconut plantation, it opened as a small resort in 2002 and has remained locally owned ever since, operating as a diving retreat. Jacques Cousteau claimed that the wall at Glover’s offered some of the most impressive diving in the world, and for our scuba divers, we can arrange diving for you directly with Isla Marisol.
Prefer to snorkel? The 700+ patch reefs in the atoll lagoon will keep you occupied!
Accessing the Atolls requires a 2-hour speedboat from the mainland, or, much easier – sail over on your own private floating hotel and spend a few days exploring the islands. The over-the-water wooden bar could possibly be one of the most remote in the Western Caribbean. Being on the west side of the atoll, be prepared for the ultimate sunset before being smothered in the bath of electric stars.