Breaking Barriers In Belize

Breaking Barriers In Belize

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Looking around the world, two unprecedented swims in the Central American country of Belize would appear to be very beautiful and very challenging swims.

The shorter swim would start at the Turneffe Atoll, a group of small Caribbean islands off the coast of Belize. It would be a tad shorter than an English Channel swim to the capital of Belize City.

The warm-water swim would be approximately 20 miles (32 km) in tropical seas where swimmers would encounter an abundance of marine life.

Turneffe Atoll is a long 30-mile (48 km) atoll where plenty of possible start sites could be investigated.

The longer swim would start at the Great Blue Hole of Belize [shown above] and would require a swimmer to go around the Turneffe Atoll, a not-insignificant barrier that would require significant navigational planning. The swim could start at the large circular sinkhole, located near the center of Lighthouse Reef reserve, and would require a swim of at least 70 km through the Belize Barrier Reef to reach the mainland.

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Steven Munatones