Visiting the tropical paradise of Belize's Ambergris Caye for a few days only? Use this 24-hour sample itinerary — put together by the local experts at Exotic Caye Beach Resort — to help you make the most of the time you have.
8:30 a.m.: After you’ve booked a room, head to Estel’s for a little breakfast by the sea. Try the shrimp omelette or banana pancakes for an authentic local treat.
10:00 a.m.: Spend the morning relaxing by the azure waters on your hotel’s beach, or try your hand at a few thrilling water sports like wind-surfing or jet-skiing. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Plan a snorkeling trip to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve or exciting Shark Ray Alley.
1 p.m.: When it comes to lunch, there’s no place like El Patio. Grab an outdoor seat surrounded by the restaurant’s lush landscaping, and enjoy local specialties such as lime-marinated grouper and fresh seafood salad.
2 p.m.: An afternoon on Ambergris Caye is all about playing it by ear. Make your way back to the beach for a little more sunbathing, arrange a kayaking tour through the area’s lagoons, or wander through the Ambergris Museum to learn all about the island’s history. Anything’s possible.
4 p.m.: Of course, no getaway is complete without a little shopping. Head over to San Pedro’s Barrier Reef Drive to stroll through unique local shops that sell island art, hand-made jewelry and tropical clothing. Running low on energy? Recharge with a rum drink surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery Ambergris Caye has to offer.
7 p.m.: Stop by your hotel to drop off your purchases and watch the sunset, and then settle in for a relaxing dinner at Blue Water Grill. Situated right on the beach, this family-owned eatery specializes in island favorites such as ceviche, conch chowder, pan-seared grouper and jerk chicken. You’ll even find some irresistible vegetarian dishes.
9 p.m.: Top off your meal with a drink or two at the famous Wet Willy’s. Perched at the end of a boat-dock, this vibrant night spot is legendary among both tourists and locals for its cold drinks and bustling atmosphere.
11 p.m.: Not quite ready to say goodbye to your perfect day? Take a moonlit walk on the beach, and listen to the calm sounds of the late-night surf. If you’re interested in getting a peek at the island’s most unforgettable views, some of the resorts on Ambergris Caye feature open rooftops. Plus, you can always cozy up on your balcony at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort.
One Last Thing
8 a.m.: After one more walk along the shore, bid the island farewell with an oceanfront breakfast at Ms. Sara’s Kitchen. Your day in paradise may be over, but the memories you take home will last forever.