Of the hundreds of islands off the northeast coast of Belize, Ambergris Caye is the largest. A wonderful beach resort, the island gives its visitors the authentic tropical experience without dominating commercial surroundings. The relaxed atmosphere and perfect weather help to provide a true restful retreat, but snorkeling and fishing, as well as extreme water sports such as deep-sea diving for the adventurous are also a part of the island life of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
The Place and the Weather
The island is formed as a circle of sand with a marsh in the center. The sand is white and edges the water making dreamy beaches while the marshy inland portion is a mangrove forest.
Ambergris Caye in Belize has two seasons. The season from June until December is wet, and the time between January and May is dry. Meanwhile, the temperatures are normally mild and range between 21 and 31 degrees Celsius.
Local Outdoor Things to Do and See
While scuba diving is always popular, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a great place to snorkel. Just about anyone can learn to enjoy this water sport. Exploring at their own pace, visitors to the marine reserve can see an incredible amount of marine creatures from sea turtles to sting rays. Manatees are also known to live in the area. Of course, the tropical fish come in neon rainbow colors.
Sections or zones of Hol Chan Marine Reserve also include mangroves and Shark-Ray Alley. This habitat is where gentle rays and nurse sharks congregate and seem to like swimming with divers.
No matter whether visitors participate in water activities or not, all guests should spend some time appreciating the beach. They can stroll along the sand in the island breezes, have a picnic or lounge and soak in the sunny scene.
For a boat ride to visit an amazing site, people can cruise the less than 50 miles to Lighthouse Reef and its spectacular Blue Hole. The reef is shaped in nearly a perfect circle with a deep pool of blue in its center.
Those who want to get involved in local cultural events can take part in the annual Lobster Fest or go to a soccer game. Additionally, they can stroll the village and mingle with islanders.
Fabulous Island Cuisine
While imported food in the stores is expensive, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as meats and seafood are in abundance. Making up meals from the local stores may be quite economical if local choices are purchased.
Travelers should also have room in their budget to enjoy local restaurants as well like Licks Beachside Cafe that serves lobster and other fresh seafood at low prices. Another top restaurant is Robin's Kitchen. This establishment serves jerk chicken Jamaican style.
The Island Experience
Ambergris Caye in Belize is the place to get out in the natural tropics. The great outdoors on this island means white sands that stretch around the coastline, the verdure and wildness of the mangrove marsh and the blue waters and marine life of the ocean. Whether visitors to the Exotic Caye Beach Resort like extreme sports such as deep-sea fishing and diving or they enjoy snorkeling and boating, everyone can take some time exploring the beaches and the village for the best of the island experience.