San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
San Pedro, with its population of 17, 000 is the largest town on Ambergris Caye, and therefore informal, barefoot “capital” of the island. Founded in 1848, it has grown from being a quiet fishing village to officially being a town in 1984. It is the focal point of island life and has its annual celebration on June 27, which is San Pedro Day.
San Pedro is a bit off the beaten path, but not too far - it can be reached within a day from most North American locations via Houston, Dallas, New Orleans and Miami. It requires a short local flight from Belize City to San Pedro Town (20 minutes) that offers a bird’s eye view of the lagoon, local cayes, mangrove swamps and the reef.
Relax Into the Barefoot Lifestyle
This is not, however, the glitzy high-rise tourism of Cancun, with millions of package tourists hitting the beach. It is an island with most of the modern conveniences, but without the plastic tackiness.
San Pedro has always favored slow controlled growth: no building may be higher than a tall coco palm! The town just recently began approving four story buildings within certain limits from the town center.
The streets are home to local and visiting barefoot strollers, casually making their way through the shops and restaurants or just relaxing and chatting with the friendly locals and transplants who are often eager to share their personal story of how they came to make San Pedro Town their home.