Find Your Place in the Sun on Ambergris Caye Belize
Rio. Cabo. Cayo. Does it sometimes seem that Central and South American hot spots all end with the letter “O”? In fact, Belize’s most often-visited destination happens to end with an S; from frequent visitors to award-granting publications and organizations, the shining star in the Belize galaxy is Ambergris Caye. But, wait! There is an O to be found in this paradise: San Pedro Town where all the action takes place, so remember this when planning your next Caribbean holiday: The Os have it!
As the largest island in Belize’s chain of offshore jewels, Ambergris Caye is geographically the closest point to the mainland. But what a difference that slice of the Caribbean Sea makes. Ambergris is a symphony of white sandy beaches, mangrove swamps and prehistoric rock that rises up from the ocean floor to host every type of tropical plant, tree and flower you can imagine. At just 25-miles long, getting around is a no brainer, but visitors usually headquarter in San Pedro Town, where the drinks are cool, the people are warm and the resorts are all top drawer.
Why you should visit
If you like to let your hair down, mingle with tourists from around the world, eat so much ethnic food you gain weight and then work it off jumping into myriad sports activities guaranteed to keep you energized, this is your island in the sun. Your holiday budget stretches far due to the wide variety of eateries and accommodations, so don’t let budgetary concerns keep you from making this your next vacation pick. Archaeology? History? Cultural treasures? Ambergris Caye gives you access to Mayan ruins that are so compelling, staying up all night partying may take a back seat!
Where in Belize is Ambergris Caye located?
Off the coast of Belize in the northeast corner of the nation.
Best time to visit
Your budget is a great way to decide when to visit because like other Caribbean destinations, if you make Ambergris your year-end getaway, you’ll spend more money when the weather is heavenly over the winter months. That said, splurge on aquatic sports, spa services and gourmet dining year-round. Save a bundle by coming in summer when rains re-energize Belize, rates are low and there are fewer people queuing up at major attractions throughout the nation.
Best way to get here
A plethora of domestic airlines now serve Belize so you can be at Belize City’s international airport in just a couple of hours. Tropic Air and Mayan Island Air can get you to Ambergris in style if you’re a rush to begin your vacation, or choose from water ferries that cost less than flying. If you’re touring the region, you can also take a ferry from Chetumal in Mexico or Belize’s ex-pat capital, Corozal Town.
Best way to experience Ambergris Caye
Fill your itinerary with landmark sites—the Belize Barrier Reef, ancient Mayan sites (caves and above-ground cities) and schedule your favorite aquatic diversions if you love to dive and snorkel. Leave time to stroll San Pedro where everything from street vendors to little shops, festivals and nightclubs will fill your days and nights. Since everyone here speaks English, everything you wish to see and do is effortless, so whether you long to float through caves on a tube or sail over forest canopies via a zip line adventure, your lodging host will make sure you never forget Ambergris Caye–which is exactly why this island has become so popular.