The largest of Belize’s several hundred islands, Ambergris Caye is a dreamy, tropical place where shorts and flip-flops are the dress code, golf carts are the mode of transportation, and lazing away on sandy white beaches is the primary activity. A short plane flight or ferry ride from Belize City, Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s top travel destinations because it presents the ultimate Caribbean getaway with classic beaches, world-class accommodations, fabulous dining and ultra relaxation.
While there are a number of small villages and resorts, the only urbanized settlement on Ambergris Caye is the town of San Pedro, a picture-perfect scene of multicolored buildings, quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars. With crystal-clear waters and a half-mile distance to the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Ambergris Caye is one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations for diving and snorkeling, with hot spots like Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Swimming, sailing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing are other popular activities. Museums, a cultural center and several Mayan archaeological sites offer insight into the island’s history and heritage, and wildlife sanctuaries provides ecotours and encounters with exotic animals, birds, and reptiles.
Getting around the island is easy by walking, biking, water taxis, and golf cart rentals.