Not only is Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island; Many make it their gateway into this stunning country, because it is easy to arrive by boat from Mexico’s Chetumal.
Most people do immigration on Ambergris Caye and then quickly bypass it for the smaller neighbouring island of Caye Caulker, but I say do both!
The reason why travellers miss Ambergris Caye is due to this island being more expensive and therefore targeted towards higher end, short vacations, rather than people travelling longer term on a budget. In contrast to this belief, There are many well priced hotels if you book in advance.
Ambergris Caye is larger and more touristic than other islands but San Pedro has real local flavour and a host of Belizean activities that are targeted at tourists, but really fun. You don’t get these on Caye Caulker!
You absolutely have to head to the Wahoo Lounge for Thursday night’s Chicken Drop, also Tuesday night plays host to Crazy Canuck’s Hermit crab races and Wednesday night you can find movies under the stars.
Make sure you spend a day or two lazing around in an inner tube at Palapa bar while you have a few Belikins. The island also has some of the best seafood in Central America, most noteworthy are the ceviche and lobster.
Because of all this magic, Belize quickly took hold of my heart with the colourful buildings, Caribbean blue water and white sands. The people have got serious fun vibes… You better BELIZE it, it is UNBELIZEABLE (probably my favourite country slogan ever)!
Where to stay in Ambergris Caye
If you’re on a backpackers budget but want to be in the heart of it all, you can’t go past Sandbar Beachfront Hostel.
Your best high end option is Matachica. It’s a 25 minute drive north of San Pedro Town and pure bliss.
If you’re looking to really treat yourself, Take a look at the villas on Cayo Espanto Private Island.
What to do
Aside from all my fun recommendations I’ve listed above, You HAVE to do the below while you’re here.
First of all, fly over the Blue Hole, one of the most incredible views in the world. Stretch your budget if you have to, This one is worth and you’ll regret it if you miss it.
Above all, snorkel and dive at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The free diving at Shark Ray alley was insane, maybe one of my favourite spots in the world. You will find yourself surrounded by sharks and rays as the name suggests. Did you know Belize is at the heart of the second largest coral reef in the world?
If you’re planning to come to Ambergris Caye, Make sure you check out Rebecca’s blog, San Pedro Scoop. This juicy website is brimming with local facts.
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