Tobacco Caye

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Coordinates: 16°53′54″N 88°3′43″W / 16.89833°N 88.06194°W / 16.89833; -88.06194

Tobacco Caye
Dock in Tobacco Caye
Tobacco Caye

Tobacco Caye is a tiny island in Belize, about 10 miles (16 kilometres) east of Dangriga. It is approximately three acres (1.2 hectares) in area, shaped like an egg, with a north-south dimension of about 240 m (260 yd) and an east-west dimension of 125 metres (137 yards). It has a permanent population of about 20, and sees a regular stream of travelers thanks to the four small lodges on the island.[1][2]

Tobacco Caye lies within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, part of Belize's national system of protected waters, with a range of restrictions on fishing.


The island is believed to have been named for the early cultivation of tobacco there.[3]

The earliest known European chart to indicate Tobacco Caye was by the British geographer J. Speer in 1771.[4]

The island was ravaged by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 but has since been rebuilt.


  1. ^ posting Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Moon guide article
  3. ^ Stoddart, D.R. (1982). Cays of the Belize Barrier Reef and Lagoons. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.
  4. ^ Speer, J. (1771). The West-India Pilot. London. p. 15.

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