Only half a mile from the Barrier Reef, with its dazzling variety of underwater life, 25-mile-long Ambergris Caye (pronounced “key”) is a premier destination for scuba divers and snorkelers and the main destination for most first-time visitors to Belize.
San Pedro serves as the hub for visitor activity on Ambergris Caye and is the major settlement on the island. About a mile long and only a few blocks wide, this picture postcard, the former fishing village transforming the past with an array of colorfully painted wooden structures, which have been converted into hotels, shops, and plenty of good places to eat and drink. The vehicles of choice (after feet and bikes) are golf carts, which are readily available.
North Ambergris Caye, with its mostly higher-end resorts, has a more tranquil feel and has more secluded beaches. For easy access to San Pedro restaurants and shops, water taxis make regular runs between the North Ambergris Caye resorts and San Pedro Town – Ambergris Caye is situated 35 miles northeast of Belize City; a short 15-minute flight or scenic 75-minute water taxi ride from the mainland.
Things To Do from Ambergris Caye
Sea Kayaks, Catamarans, and other boat rentals are available through most hotels and dive centers. Sailing trips with snorkeling usually lasts the entire day and encompasses a tour around Ambergris Caye to popular snorkeling spots, such as Shark Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks, as well as other nearby cayes, including Caye Caulker.
Wind surfing and kite boarding – The constant trade winds and wide expanse of calm waters inside the barrier reef make Ambergris Caye an ideal playground for these kinds of water sports. Whether you’re an expert or just learning, it’s a great way to be one with the wind.
Para-sailing – Fly the friendly skies: Floating serenely above the reef and beaches offers a bird’s-eye-view of the Caye and requires nothing more athletic than desiring to sour above the waves. You will want to bring your camera along.
If you would like to reserve some time for taking it easy … may we recommend:
Glass Bottom Boat Tours – On this sightseeing and snorkeling tour, enjoy viewing beautiful corals, such as elkhorn coral, sheet coral, grooved brain coral, finger corals, and many more through a 20-inch wide 16-foot-long viewing glass. See colorful purple, yellow, and red sponges. Swimming and hiding amongst these corals are a colorful array of playful and curious fishes and other sea animals such as flounders, starfish, crabs, nurse sharks, stingrays, octopus, yellow tail snappers, blue stripe grunts, parrot fish, and more.
Sunset Cruises – Experience a radiant Caribbean sunset from the deck of a sailboat, whilst sipping on rum punch. Everyone from honeymooners to retirees will enjoy this evening activity. Set sail towards Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where you can sit back, relax and watch as the sun sets on the Caribbean.
Manatee Watch – There are few places in the world where you can still see the gentle manatee. The wonder of watching these huge animals in their natural habitat is a sight you won’t soon forget. Full-day trips include lunch, snorkeling, and of course, a chance to watch the Manatees.
Birding – For the true bird lover there are dozens of species of birds in and around San Pedro. Bird sanctuaries on the island provide ample viewing opportunities of some rare birds such as the Spoonbill and Pink Ibis. The Lalas Bird Sanctuary offers a unique “people perch” for birdwatching. The perch is a large multi-leveled tower with many vantage points to view birds. The sanctuary is located just a few minutes to the south of San Pedro Town.
Golf Carts are the most popular mode of transportation in San Pedro and make for a great opportunity to see more of San Pedro town and for easier shopping. With golf carts, you can take in the more northern part of the island.
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