Ambergris Caye beaches are beautiful, but on this island only 25 miles long, you will have to do a bit of searching to find a proper beach for swimming and other such activities. Most of the beaches are thin strips of sand on the east coast. Many have seaweed and grass that make swimming difficult, so check in advance to be sure that the beach you are staying at is good for swimming if that’s what you seek.
Ambergris Caye is the largest of the some 200 islands that belong to Belize. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in the country, offering some nice beaches amidst the shallow, crystal-blue water of the Caribbean Sea. The island itself is approximately 25 miles long from north to south and about one mile wide. It is situated northeast of mainland Belize off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Whereas at one time the main trades on the island consisted of coconuts and fishing, it is now supported by tourism. The beach at Ramon’s Village is perfectly suitable for swimming and offers lifeguards during peak times. Mar del Tumbo is a beach located to the south of San Pedro that is above average and features a variety of beach amenities and public facilities.
Ambergris Caye offer something for everyone to enjoy, including all manner of eco-tourism activities such as hiking and exploring ancient Mayan ruins. The Basil Jones ruins at the northern point of the island and the Marco Gonzalez site to the south are the two most popular attractions when it comes to ancient Mayan civilization on the island. Perhaps the biggest attraction of the island is its close proximity to the 190-mile-long barrier reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, behind only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The barrier reef is located a mere quarter mile from the island and is easily accessible for diving and snorkeling. There are a bounty of dive shops where you can find all of the gear and equipment you will need. There is also expert dive instruction available for those who have not yet taken the plunge. The colorful and verdant reef provides for memorable underwater expeditions. Seasoned divers will find the abundance of marine life and the sheer size of the reef to be phenomenal.
Ambergris Caye beaches also play host to many other activities. Among the most popular are sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and sailing. You can charter boats for fishing or diving expeditions, as well as sailboats for cruises through the cayes. There are many guest accommodations on the island, including resorts and hotels. Many offer access to private stretches of the beach that provide lifeguards, chairs and umbrellas, and concessions. The beaches of Ambergris Caye are alluring because you can enjoy many beach sports, but there is also more than enough room to spread out and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Dive shops, restaurants, and beach bars line the coast.
San Pedro Town is the only place that is inhabited by residents of the island. It is the center of activity off of the beach, and offers much in the way of restaurants, gift shops, boutiques, and cafes. There are a good variety of places to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and entertainment of San Pedro. Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive are where many of the best places to shop and dine are located. You may also wish to take a tour of the lush rainforest on the island.
Whether trekking to archaeological sites of the ancient Mayans, drinking a beverage on the beach, or scuba diving along the barrier reef, Ambergris Caye Belize offers a memorable experience for all of its visitors.