Ambergris Caye Belize: A Vacation Spot for Everyone
If you’re the big city sort, you may think that friends who consider a journey perfection only if they can roam a solitary beach without seeing another person for days on end are clueless! You love people. You love excitement. You might be in the mood for a moonlight stroll with your love, but bring on the colors, the lights and the tropical vibe–an apt description for Ambergris Caye, the largest, liveliest Belize island of all. Perched on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, Ambergris has become such a popular destination, it’s to get its own international airport down the road. Come see why they can’t stay away.
Things to do in Ambergris Caye
If you love to compartmentalize, Ambergris Caye is for you. The only metropolis you’ll find is San Pedro Town, a fun-loving mix of hotels, shops, markets, bars, eateries, boutiques and pure energy. Stay in town and meet all of the characters you’d find in a novel: beachcombers, young couples, ex-pats, newlyweds, kids and people speaking many different languages. They’re all here for the fun and sun.
Leave town on excursions and be equally enchanted. The Belize Barrier Reef is just a short sail offshore, and while this spectacular landmark is a tourist magnet, new protective measures have been put into place by the Belize government and UNESCO to save this World Heritage Site from deterioration. Of course you can visit. Swim, scuba dive and see for yourself what the second longest barrier reef in the world looks like up close.
Extend your aquatic adventure to The Big Blue Hole. Diving into this surreal circle of blue takes you downward to see fish and other aquatic creatures at different depths, so you could meet everything from shrimp to giant groupers. Deep within the hole see primordial-looking stalactites and stalagmites—plus the occasional shark or two. Make the Hol Chan Marine Reserve your fall back destination if you can’t get to the hole. Come in late spring/early summer to swim with Whale Sharks when the moon is full.
Where to eat in Ambergris Caye
The restaurants on Ambergris Caye are as numerous as stars on cloudless Belize nights, so we apologize for choosing just a few to hold you over until you arrive. First, you cannot go wrong if you order the lobster burrito at Waraguma, a little seafood restaurant with some of the most tourist-pleasing prices in Belize. One of the first restaurants opened on the island also deserves your respect: Elvi’s Kitchen isn’t so much an eatery as an institution. It’s where you come for Belize’s signature stew chicken with beans and rice plus Mayan dishes like pibil. In light of the fact that tens of thousands of visitors and ex-pats require their burger fix while vacationing, we are compelled to add DJs, home to the ultimate burger served a variety of ways. Vegetarians can purloin all of the sweet potato fries that come alongside every burger.
Where to stay in Ambergris Caye
Since Ambergris Caye is home to celebrities, retirees, backpackers and families, the sheer number and variety of lodgings available is staggering. Consider a stay at Victoria House, a 43-room plantation-style manse that earns five stars for lush gardens, beautiful suites, pristine beaches and a super-friendly staff. The Villas at Banyan Bay is just a short stroll from town and if a hammock on a balcony with endless views of the ocean appeals to you, it could be your vacation headquarters. The Portofino Beach Resort, with its five-star ratings, tropically-styled beachfront suites, luxury baths and spa offer the good life on steroids. The staffs at all of these properties are happy to book you on unlimited numbers of off-site excursions to Mayan ruins, wildlife refuges, jungles, rain forests, sailing, diving and other land and aquatic adventures.
Is your vacation budget limitless? Catch a commuter flight to Ambergris Caye at Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport and enjoy a scenic ride over Belize’s lush jungles and crystal waters. It takes about 20 minutes on either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. Take the more leisurely option that allows you to decompress slowly: A cab from the airport gets you to the Belize water taxi center where you board a boat for the 1.5 hour journey to San Pedro. The second option is cheaper, so spend that cash on your first cocktail once you arrive!
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