World famous for it’s diving and fishing, the exploding popularity of this island destination provides an ideal tropical vacation with both quiet relaxation and fun nightlife. San Pedro is the main town on Ambergris Caye (pronounced am-BER-gris kee), the most northerly and largest of the 200 cayes off the coast of Belize. The Belize Barrier Reef (largest reef in the western hemisphere and second largest reef in the world) is just a 20-minute boat ride from the mainland making this truly a world-class fishing, diving and snorkeling destination.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a snorkeler’s dream, alive with schools of fish, big and small. Shark Ray Alley allows visitors to get up close and personal with friendly nurse sharks and stingrays. The island’s clear, shallow waters and prevailing winds are ideal for windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing.
North of the island, the Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve is an adventurer’s paradise. The lagoon on the island’s western side provides an excellent opportunity for birding and flat fishing for tarpon, bonefish and permit. There is even a small 2,000 year old Maya site, Marco Gonzalez, on the south end of the island.
San Pedro town has a unique feel and offers sophisticated international cuisine at beachside restaurants mixed with local cafes and bars serving traditional Belizean food and drinks. The town streets bustle with local artists and craftsmen displaying their wares.
San Pedro is a nicely developed little town with water, sewer, electricity, mobile network, and medical facilities. For more serious issues, it is 15-minute flight to Belize City or one hour by boat.