Port Honduras Marine Reserve
Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR) home to the popular Snake Cayes where visitors can find white sandy beaches, migratory birds and even boa constrictors! PHMR is a 160 square mile marine reserve recognized for its high biodiversity. The area serves as habitat for various endangered species including the West Indian manatee, the American saltwater crocodile and the Morelet's crocodile.
Port Honduras Marine Reserve, though only declared in 2000, has been under the watchful eye of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). By patrolling for illegal fishing activities, TIDE's efforts keep aquatic species populations sustainable and therefore provide adequate fish -- the major food staple in the area -- for human consumption. In addition, the reserve has become essential to the fly-fishing community, and protecting fish populations has resulted in a booming sustainable business for local guides.
Port Honduras Marine Reserve is located north of Punta Gorda Town. A five to ten minutes boat ride will take you to the entrance of the marine reserve. Within a few more minutes you will reach premier fly-fishing, snorkeling, diving and swimming areas.