Laguncularia racemosa has a distribution along the shores of much of the tropical Americas including both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Specific locations include coastal areas of Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, the Yucatan Petenes mangroves, central and southern Florida, most West Indies Caribbean islands, Bermuda, parts of coastal Equador, northwestern Peru, and Brazil; in addition there are populations in western tropical Africa. Habitats are slightly more upland than most mangrove species, generally above the high tide mark.
Also known by the common name White mangrove, this species can attain a height of twelve to nineteen meters. The rough fissured bark is grayish-brown to reddish. Pneumatophores and prop roots sometimes occur. The elliptical leaves are opposite, and measure twelve to twenty centimeters in length.