Finding the Best Beaches On Ambergris Caye: 2022 Update
Let’s talk about the beaches of Belize and more specifically, the best beaches on Ambergris Caye – the most visited destination in the country. Belize is becoming more and more popular even as I type this – for our aqua blue waters, for the hemisphere’s 2nd largest barrier reef – second only in the world to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia – for the spectacular diving, snorkeling, the flyfishing, for the food and the friendly people…
Out of all the places that I visited in the Caribbean and around the world known for their fantastic beaches – from Tulum to Thailand to the Croatian islands (they all have amazing beaches) – no place grabbed me like Belize did. Not place inspired me to quit my whole life in NYC and move… Not even close.
What Are The Beach of Ambergris Caye Like?
But…I’m just going to say it. Not many places on Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker have broad white sand beaches with waves crashing on the shore. In fact, because we are so close to the amazing reef (see the pic below taken of the shoreline of Ambergris Caye), the water inside the reef is quite shallow and relatively still. A haven for young sea creatures. There are large patches of turtle grass where juvenile fish live, feed, and hide from the bigger fish! The ocean floor can be silty in spots – because it is not being constantly pushed and pulled by the open ocean. Our beach is quite narrow in spots – some of the undeveloped coastlines are mangrove forests instead of beaches at all.
That does not mean that Belize isn’t a FANTASTIC place to swim, lounge in the sun, and prance. (Fear not, you can still prance!)
Swimming off docks is one of life’s greatest activities. Trust me on this.
The dock of Ak’Bol Eco-Resort in the Tres Cocos neighborhood. It’s one of the best swimming spots on the island.
Swimming off the docks (and boats) is awesome, please trust me!
BUT if you want to also find a beach where you can wade in to cool off, there are definitely places to do it. All over the place. Here is a list of some of the best. Some of my favorites.
And remember, all beach in Belize is public. So while you may not be allowed to use a resort’s chairs and pool, you are definitely able to roll out a towel ANYWHERE.
Beaches are public always.
Here are the best beaches on Ambergris Caye and all of Belize.
Just south of town is one of the original and most famous resorts on the island, Ramon’s Village. They have a beautiful strip of beach (and a popular swimming dock for the kids in town) that is great for wading in.
Boca Del Rio
Boca del Rio is the neighborhood just north of town that lines the beach. You can actually drive along the beach – and may be the prettiest street in the world. It’s a stretch lined with bars and restaurants, homes and very small hotels and even the island’s only high school. Find your favorite spot and just hang out. On weekends especially, you’ll see families and kids…people just park their golf carts along the water and wade in.
A windy day.
Many of the beach bars (like Sandy Toes, below)…
…and Palapa Bar have spots specifically set up for swimming and lounging.
At about 5 miles north Ambergris Caye. Do you like to combine your beautiful beaches with a bit of luxury, a spectacular dock for lounging and perhaps some romance? Matachica Resort is your spot. You can view my overnight (Honeymoon for one please) that I spent there last year. Or just take a look at the pictures below.
The next two just happen to be my neighbors. One to the south, one just to the north. So I’ve done the research!
X’tan Ha Resort
About 8 miles north Ambergris Caye. Just offshore is the Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve – known for some of the bluest water on the island. X’tan Ha is a relatively small resort but they have a beautiful patch of beach.
For this next one, you need to charter a boat but…man…it is worth it.
The Sand Bar
The leeward side of the island is scattered with small cayes and around some of them, sandbars form. Beautiful pinkish sand sandbars just barely peeking out of the water. Bring along some beach chairs and some well iced drinks AND LOTS OF SUNBLOCK and you are in business.
So there you have it…some of my favorite beaches. But I’m still TOTALLY a dock fan. Something about coming out of the water and laying on a warm dock…free of sand…that makes me very happy.
If you have any suggestions, one you think I may have missed – please message me!
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