The Secret Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Ambergris Caye is one of the most delightfully secluded spots in Belize. While the low population density and wild frontier atmosphere of the country means it’s never too hard to get some time to yourself, the lack of walk-in beaches makes Ambergris a more exclusive stretch of territory that’s only accessible by boat or a local flight with either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. And Secret Beach ramps that level of exclusivity to a whole new level. While many of the locals are intimately aware of what Secret Beach has to offer, it’s generally an unknown variable to vacationers. That makes it the perfect place for the savvy traveler to unplug and relax free of crowds of foreigners.
It’s not that Secret Beach is hard to access, more that you just have to know how to get there. While the beach is accessible by water via a boat or jet skis, the most popular path involves a golf cart. The bumpy, singular road to Secret Beach can get you there from San Pedro Town in somewhere between 35 and 45 minutes, and it’s a delightful little trip that gives you a great view of the more untapped wilderness Belize has to offer. The path winds through the lush mangrove swamps, so you’ll want to make sure to not diverge from the trail. Also make sure to bring five dollars cash with you to get through the toll bridge. And don’t worry about getting lost. Despite its “secret” reputation, helpful signs can guide you right to the beach once you set out on the right path.
Once you find Secret Beach, you’ll discover an idyllic stretch of surf and sand that isn’t as desolate as you might have expected. A few restaurants and bars line the water, allowing you to enjoy a cold drink or a fresh meal as you bask on the sand, and there are even massage services right on the beach. Kayaks and paddleboards are both available for rental as well, and this is a delightfully shallow stretch of water. You can comfortably venture out two hundred feet and still only be standing waist deep in the Caribbean.
Secret Beach may not be such a secret anymore, and its location is slowly starting to trickle out, so there’s no better time than the present to visit. If you want to enjoy a scenic stretch of beach that’s largely bereft of crowds, book your flight sooner rather than later. Secret Beach isn’t likely to stay a refuge for locals for much longer.