An enchanting tropical paradise off the coast of Belize, Ambergris Caye abounds in spectacular scenery, superb recreational activities and incredible wildlife. With its perfect weather, laid-back vibe and exciting water sports, this little bit of heaven is one of the most quietly spectacular getaway spots in the world.
You’ll never be at a loss for things to do on Ambergris Caye though in such lovely surroundings, you may prefer to lie under a coconut tree and do nothing at all. Located beachfront in lively San Pedro, the Exotic Caye Resort boasts a friendly, knowledgeable staff ready to help you take full advantage of all this amazing island has to offer, whether it’s a wild zip-line tour, a meet-and-greet with chummy monkeys or a breathtaking hike through mysterious Mayan ruins.
Adventures on the Water
Naturally, much of the fun on Ambergris Caye centers on the surrounding crystalline waters and vivid coral reefs. Boat charters and rentals offer sunset cruises, diving expeditions, snorkeling tours, fishing trips and sailing adventures. Kayak, canoe, jet-ski, parasail or windsurf the tropical waters off the caye, pausing to picnic on a white sand beach, snorkel shallow reef pools or explore intriguing shoreline caves.
The area is famous for its superb scuba diving, with many certified dive companies available to guide you to the best spots. The island’s reef is about a half-mile off the eastern shoreline and runs the full length of the 25-mile-long island, offering amazing choices of dive sites, including the Turneffe Islands, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley and the legendary Blue Hole. Popular night dives are a unique and magical way to experience the undersea wonders of Ambergris Caye.
The natural wonders of Ambergris Caye range from stunning jungle landscapes to incredible land and marine wildlife. Over 500 colorful species of birds make Belize a bird-watcher's paradise, and visitors to the Lalas Bird Sanctuary can bird-watch from a “people perch,” hike to a secluded waterfall or enjoy a butterfly tour while other wildlife-watching destinations include the Belize Zoo and several spectacular protected refuges. Once a Mayan trading post, the caye boasts several intriguing ruins perfect for hiking and exploring.
Traditional vacation activities abound. Rent a bike, play a round of golf, fish at sea or on rivers, shop, dance at colorful village festivals, savor a fine fish dinner or stay up the wee hours at one of the island’s laid-back nightclubs. Shoppers will love browsing the mahogany carvings, handcrafted jewelry and native crafts of the National Craft Center.
Kayak through mysterious mangrove swamps, explore astonishing limestone caves or just enjoy a quiet cocktail as the sun sets in an explosion over the sparkling Caribbean. Let Exotic Caye Beach Resort help you experience the vacation of a lifetime.
This article describes the myriad of amazing things to do in the unspoiled tropical paradise of Ambergris Caye, largest of the islands off the coast of mainland Belize. Visitors can enjoy a wealth of outdoor recreational options including swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, zip-line touring, sailing, kayaking, river tubing, kite-boarding and cave exploring. Other fun-filled activities include visiting Mayan ruins, shopping, hiking, wildlife-watching and simply sun-bathing on scenic beaches. After busy days in the sun, it’s fun to head out for sunset cocktails, followed by a seafood dinner fresh from the ocean and a night of dancing under the stars.