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Ambergris Caye, Belize

Scuba diving, snorkeling, beaches, excellent dining...


Of all the dozens of cayes that float in the Caribbean waters off the coast of Belize, the best known and popular is the Ambergris Caye. Spanning about 30 miles north to south alongside the Belizean Barrier reef, it is the northern most caye and closest neighbor to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While the Ambergris Caye serves as Belize’s prime tourist destination, a unique quality about this island is that it does not exhibit a ‘touristy’ feel. There are no high-rise hotels, chain stores, or huge gaudy nightclubs. Big buses don’t congest the roads. Instead, barefooted people and golf carts share the sand-paved streets. Ambergris Caye is a small tropical paradise ideal for the sun, sand, exploration, and relaxation, as stretches of white sanded beach run parallel to the reef on the eastside and wildlife flourishes all along the western shore. Small bungalow style resorts offer private and personal atmospheres. Eclectic restaurant menus satisfy every craving and curiosity in flavorful ambiance. Evening strolls set to the music of local mariachi bands lead many to dancing at local bars, enjoying good music, and occasionally being called up for their turn at Karaoke.




HISTORYSAN PEDROACTIVITIESSELECT ACCOMMODATIONS


HISTORY


Evidence has led to the belief that the Mayans first inhabited the island, clearing the narrow channel that divides the Caye from the southern tip of the Yucatan. After their disappearance, whalers discovered the Caye, followed by the arrival of buccanears, explorers, and coconut plantations.

The island was purchased for $635 by James Hume Blake in the 1800’s from the British government. After a failed industry of coconut farming, fishing took over the island’s main economy.

Beginning in the 1970’s, tourism gradually started to replace fishing as Ambergris’s main source of wealth as a steady rise in visitors wishing to indulge in the island’s crystal waters, sun-laced beaches, and gracious community became apparent. However, fishing still remains closely tied to the roots of this island.



SAN PEDRO


Most tourists who visit Belize fly directly to San Pedro, the island’s sole town. Situated near the southern tip, it is about 8 blocks by 4 blocks in square area, a place small enough to feel right at home in about an hour’s walk.

Super relaxed and lazy, San Pedro possesses a friendly, outgoing, and safe vibe. Boutiques, cafes, Tiki bars, guesthouses, shops, and restaurants fill the village. Golf carts and bicycles easy to rent kick up sand as they buz through the streets. The locales, or San Pedroans, are very hospitable and generally have time to help out with any questions when approached.

Founded in the mid 1800’s, Ambergris is now a colorful and picturesque center mixed with the Caribbean, a bit of Mexico, palm trees, soft sand, clear torquoise water, great stories, and plenty of reasons to revisit time and time again.

Many small settlements also lie to the north and south of San Pedro. As more people acquire land on Ambergris Caye, their pieces of paradise are often christianed with original names and unique features that both visitors and locals have come to love and enjoy. Such communities include: San Juan, Boca Del Rio, San Pablo, San Miguel, San Telmo, Sunset Coves, San Pedrito located along the San Pedro Lagoon, Tres Cocos , Las Palmas, and Basil Jones.



ACTIVITIES


Ambergris Caye isn’t as big on hanging out at the beach all day as it is on filling up the morning and afternoon with activities before returning at the day’s end for a tranquil evening. A variety of activities to enjoy are offered both offshore and inland. For more information, please click below.

Ambergris Caye Activities | Belize vacation About half a mile off shore, draped along the beach on the eastside of the island is the longest and most spectacular coral necklace in the Western Hemisphere, ... >>
Ambergris Caye Activities | Belize vacation



SELECT ACCOMMODATIONS


We have carefully chosen the most exquisite accommodations that have met our highest standards for comfort and style to assure your stay on Ambergris Caye is an unforgettable one.

Banana Beach Hotel From $95/night San Pedro, Belize The friendliest resort sitting on the powdery sand of Mar de Tumbo Beach just south of San Pedro Town on the Ambergris Caye of Belize, Banana Beach Resort has been a haven of fun, adventure,... >>
Banana Beach Hotel From $95/night San Pedro, Belize

Hotel Captain Morgan, s Retreat From $179/night Ambergris Caye, Belize With a private 1,100-foot beach, first-class accommodations, unforgettable tours and activities, and all the amenities you could ask for, Captain Morgan’s Retreat is the ideal resort for you... >>
Hotel Captain Morgan, s Retreat From $179/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hotel Ramon, s Village From $150/night San Pedro, Ambergris Caye You know the old adage, "You have to see it to believe it"? Well, that pretty well summarizes Ramon's Village Resort on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Styled after the Tahitian cottag... >>
Hotel Ramon, s Village From $150/night San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

SunBreeze Hotel From $199/night San Pedro, Ambergris Caye The charming ocean front SunBreeze Beach Hotel is a great base to coordinate your diving, snorkeling, fishing trips, or an archaeological adventure on the mainland of Belize. Here you'll fin... >>
SunBreeze Hotel From $199/night San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Hotel SunBreeze Suites From $199/night San Pedro, Ambergris Caye The SunBreeze Suites Hotel is situated on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, a fast growing vacation destination allowing for the perfect balance between modern amenities mixed with the... >>
Hotel SunBreeze Suites From $199/night San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Hotel Victoria House From $199/night Ambergris Caye, Belize Victoria House is a complete and total retreat, free from the boundaries and pressures of day-to-day life and renowned as one of the best bare-foot resorts in the region. Nestled among tall ... >>
Hotel Victoria House From $199/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Matachica Hotel From $265/night Ambergris Caye, Belize Escape to paradise with a short water-taxi ride from the village of San Pedro and awaken your spirit to an alluring realm of white beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and lush tropical g... >>
Matachica Hotel From $265/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hotel Portofino From $280/night Ambergris Caye, Belize Portofino is located on Ambergris Caye, the largest Island (Caye) along the Belize Barrier Reef (second largest in the world). Needless to remark that this is the most spectacular dive parad... >>
Hotel Portofino From $280/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Coco Beach Resort From $325/night Ambergris Caye, Belize Coco Beach Resort is nestled on a stretch of pristine white sandy beach, a haven of romance, barefoot luxury, relaxation and adventure. Coco Beach Resort is located just 3˝ miles north of th... >>
Coco Beach Resort From $325/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Las Terrazas Hotel From $299/night Ambergris Caye, Belize Located just 3.5 miles north of San Pedro, Las Terrazas Resort invites you to experience exceptional, spacious townhome-style accommodations and gracious hospitality. Situated on one of the ... >>
Las Terrazas Hotel From $299/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

El Secreto Hotel From $830/night Ambergris Caye, Belize El Secreto is a unique barefoot luxury resort surrounded by tropical beauty and bathed by the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. From its privileged and secluded location on North Amber... >>
El Secreto Hotel From $830/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Azul Villas From $600/night Ambergris Caye, Belize The villas of Azul are designed to marry the best of natural elements and materials with modern comforts and sophisticated conveniences. The beauty of the villas lay in their simplicity. Har... >>
Azul Villas From $600/night Ambergris Caye, Belize

Cayo Espanto, A Private Island From $1,495/night Ambergris Caye, Belize At Cayo Espanto, Belize, paradise and luxury come together as one. This five-star, world class Belize resort is for the discriminating few who demand the best life has to offer. We invite yo... >>
Cayo Espanto, A Private Island From $1,495/night Ambergris Caye, Belize





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