Whether it's your first time visiting the country of Belize or you're a seasoned traveler, one area that continues to draw visitors back time and time again is Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize and draws visitors in through its mix of traditional Caribbean atmosphere alongside incredible views and the warm hospitality of the locals who inhabit the island year round.
Fun and Adventure on the Water
Ambergris Caye Belize provides some of the best conditions for water activities of all kinds. For example, several companies rent various water equipment by the hour, including jet skis, kayaks and canoes.
Trade wind conditions are also perfect near the island for sailing and windsurfing. However, it's the barrier reef running alongside the island that acts as the main attraction as the reef is ranked as the second largest in the world.
When looking at scuba diving in Belize, Ambergris Caye includes some of the best areas to see large rays and shark species including whale sharks and hammerheads alongside the more common nurse sharks. Don't forget all the options on the shoreline as well, including fishing or just relaxing on the beach.
Exploring San Pedro
Most of the shops, hotels and restaurants on Ambergris Caye are located in San Pedro. This city is home to about 10,000 year-round residents and expats and stands apart from other tourist-driven areas by maintaining its old Caribbean feel.
While much of the city is walkable, you can also rent a bicycle to explore or live like a true local and rent a golf cart.
San Pedro is the gateway to most everything you can do on the caye, from exploring Mayan ruins such as the Marco Gonzalez archaeological site to taking a trip bird watching in the mangrove forests surrounding the city.
Typically, San Pedro is also where you'll hire tour guides and boats for most activities on and around the island.
A Fusion of Food and Culture
Ambergris Caye, much like the rest of Belize, is a virtual melting pot of different cultures, especially Garifuna and Mexican as the island once was part of Mexico.
This fusion of cultures mixed with the natural surroundings of the caye has resulted in food that spans the culinary spectrum, from spicy Mexican-inspired fare like tacos and tamales to menus featuring freshly-caught and prepared local seafood including conch and lobster. Most of the restaurants are centered in and around San Pedro.
Whether you choose to rent a kayak and spend the day out on the water or put on a pair of comfortable shoes to search the San Pedro shops for a perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip, Ambergris Caye will not disappoint. With such a close proximity to Belize City and easily accessible by both boat and plane, there's no reason not to explore this beautiful Caribbean island.