Belize, found on the northeastern coast of Central America, boasts of almost 450 islands and islets known as cayes. The largest of all the cayes is the vibrant Ambergris Caye, which nicely sits on the north-east of the country. The island breathes a tropical island air, and due to its crystal-clear waters and fine sands, Ambergris has been named as an island that is most desirable for the holidays.
Its lack of modern facilities and high-rise establishments is a perfect picture of what a laid-back and relaxed destination is like. Because of its modest size, getting around the island is pretty much a breeze. In fact, people prefer touring around by simply walking, and it is easy to reach areas of interest by biking, walking or golf-carting. The rental rates for these vehicles are considered tourist-friendly, so there is no need to worry when it comes to transportation budget.
The Belize Barrier Reef and the stunning beaches put Ambergris Caye to the map. Thanks to the tourists who regard Ambergris Caye as their piece of heaven on earth, the long and thin island has been hailed as a top destination in Central America. The north side of the island is where the gem of Ambergris Caye lies. X’Tan Ha is the island’s trendiest and hippest beach known for its soft sand, white beach, festive mood and fascinating dining scene. Meanwhile, Tranquility Bay is a gorgeous secluded beach that breathes a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
Part of the reason why Ambergris Caye is famous to the world is its diving opportunities and most of the international visitors come to the island for this feature. Hol Chan Marine Reserve found four miles southeast of San Pedro, is popular for its wealth of corals and marine life. Meanwhile, Shark Ray Alley, favorite for snorkeling, equally grant a stunning view of brightly colored parrot fish and rays. In some instances, sharks will be there to entertain, too! Other water-sports happening in the island include jet skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, parasailing, canoeing, kayaking and boating.
Ambergris Caye’s only city, San Pedro, is a bustling, boisterous town that has a high concentration of shops, restaurants and accommodations. San Pedro used to be a quiet, reserved village studded by bright Caribbean houses until it morphed into a tourist spot filled with bars, dining places, souvenir shops and galleries. Despite the transformation, good old San Pedro remained to be one of Ambergris’ most relaxed and laid-back places. Its newest attraction, the Butterfly Jungle, is also being raved by tourists. And when it comes to nightlife, San Pedro is the place to be. Lots of dancing, singing and drinking happen in this town which makes a perfect cap for the Ambergris Caye getaway.