Ambergris Caye

Located in the Belize District

Ambergris Caye, in the very north of Belize, is the largest and by far the most visited caye (prounounced KEY) in the country.  The island is about 25 miles long and separated from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula by just a thin canal widened by the Maya hundred of years ago.

Wait…take a look at the top 10 things to do on the island.  It will get you started.

Just a 15 minute BEAUTIFUL plane ride from Belize City (and the International Airport) or a 1 1/4 hour boat ride, your transfer to the island after you fly into the country is an easy one.

Photo by AJ Baxter
Photo by AJ Baxter

The beaches are white and sandy, the water countless shades of blue and the reef is just a short boat ride off shore.  The town of San Pedro is located towards the south end of the island and even though it is getting busier and busier, it has lots of charm.  The main form of transportation is golf carts after all.

Photo by AJ Baxter
Photo by AJ Baxter

The streets and beach are lined with bars, lounge chairs, shops, dive shops, palm trees and restaurants.  And after you spend the day snorkeling and diving the reef that is a very short boat ride off-shore, there are countless things to do at night.

Photo by AJ Baxter
Photo by AJ Baxter

Farther north and south of the San Pedro town were considered “the boonies” not long ago but resorts of all sizes are popping up all along the coast.   Tourism on the island really just started in the 1970s and before that?   The relatively tiny town was considered a fishing village.

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It’s also the island I am proud to call home.

 

Wondering what Ambergris means?  It’s basically whale vomit or excrement (the scientists can’t seem to decide which)…that washes up on beaches and then is used in perfumes and fragrances.  Duh.  You didn’t know that?

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Picture borrowed from nytimes.com