Ambergris Caye is Belize’s number one destination for activities in and out of the water. At over 26 miles long, Ambergris Caye (prounounced “Am-ber-GREES Key”) is the largest island off the coast of Belize and surrounded by the spectacular Caribbean sea.
AND THE REEF – it’s the reason tourists starting visiting Ambergris Caye over 50 years ago. The second longest barrier reef in the world runs just offshore. In just minutes, you can be diving or snorkeling world class sites. Hundreds of types of fish, sting rays, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and more can keep you busy for your entire trip exploring the vibrant coral reef system. Swimming with a manatee is something you will never forget.
But there is so much more to do – kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, reef and fly fishing, sailing…and even SKYDIVING – you can be as busy as you want to be. Or you can lounge by the pool, the beach or in true San Pedro style, on a dock with a cool rum punch enjoy the sun and sea breezes.
On shore, there is always something going on. Ambergris Caye offers the widest array of B&Bs, boutique hotels and resorts; restaurants and beach bars, live music and shops in the country – you can find everything from fresh baked French baguettes to locally caught seafood like lobster and conch.
For those who especially love lobster, June’s San Pedro Lobsterfest is getting bigger and tastier each year. Local restaurants compete to outdo each other with lobster dishes from simply delicious, like the bbq below, to over the top fabulous.
The only town, San Pedro, can be quite busy (for Belize) with golf carts, motorbikes, vehicles and bicycles – but you will find it quieter as you move farther south or north. Head to the west side of the island, much of which is only reachable by boat, if you want a more isolated Caribbean retreat.
Though still relatively untouched and mostly “off-the-grid”, the west (or leeward) side of the island is gaining more and more interest. Sandy white flats, impossibly clear waters and sandbars stretch for miles – and the area is best known for flyfishing and the coveted Grand Slam. Bonefish, permit and tarpon are near the top of every fly fisherman’s wish list.
One development is coming to the area. Blackadore Caye, a long thin island just a few miles west of Ambergris, is owned by Leonardo DiCaprio and his partners. The ambitious and impressive eco-development they are starting soon is drawing attention from around the world.
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