Where is Ambergris Caye (San Pedro)?
Ambergris Caye is the name of
Belize's largest island. The history of the island goes back to the days of the
Maya, European Pirates, and Mexican Refugees who fled during the Caste War. The
descendants from Mexico make up most of the island's population today. The
economy of the island was once dependent on the coconut industry, followed by
the fishing industry, but it is now dependent on tourism.
Ambergris Caye (pronounced Am-BUR-gris or Am-BUR-grease Key) is the largest of
some 200 cayes that dot the coastline of Belize. Ambergris is 25 miles long and
a little over a mile wide, in some places, and it is located in the clear
shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico's Yucatan
Her coastline is protected by the
190 miles long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world.
In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The Marco Gonzalez ruins at
the southern tip of the caye and the Basil Jones site to the north, as well as
the many recently excavated "home sites" in the heart of San Pedro Town
give evidence to a former Maya population of 10,000. The narrow channel that
separates Mexico and Belize was dug by the Maya to provide a trade route from
the bay of Chetumal to the Caribbean.
Following the Maya came the whalers and buccaneers and the ancestors of present
day residents who were fishermen and workers in the coconut plantations. Today
tourism has replaced fishing as the major source of income for the islanders
although the mahogany skiffs are still in service for charter fishing and
Getting to Ambergris Caye (San Pedro).
You can arrive in Ambergris Caye
(San Pedro) by air or by water through the San Pedro water taxi. Two local airlines fly to Ambergris Caye (San
Pedro) several times a day from the International Airport and the Belize City Municipal;
at Toucan Vacations we can assist you with all flight information including reserving
flights at discounted rates. There are several water taxi operators as well as
private water shuttles that you can use for an adventurous sea ride out to the
Island. Toucan Vacations can assist you with booking your tickets and making
necessary transfer arrangements to the water taxi terminal from any location in
Belize. If you need information on any of the options to get to Ambergris Caye
(San Pedro) feel free to contact one of our local experts for assistance.
Locations in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro)
1. Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) Village
San Pedro Town is the only inhabited area on the
island. It's atmosphere is that of a small bustling fishing village but with
"hot spots" of events, restaurants, and entertainment it has
developed to major tourist destination.The town is clustered with wooden houses,
some with Mexican decor, others Caribbean, and some still remain with the
English colonial architecture. Gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and
restaurants adorn Front and Middle streets (now named Barrier Reef
Drive/Pescador Drive). A short walk in town and you'll feel the friendliness of
the people and witness the ease of their lifestyles as they go through daily
life. Barefeet, tee-shirts, and shorts is the typical island dress code.
The people of the island are called
"Sanpedranos" and speak English, Spanish, Creole, and Maya all at the
same time, making it their own island dialect. They are proud of their heritage
and are willing to share it with tourists. Before tourism picked up in the
eighties, the islanders were mostly Mestizos (Maya-Spanish). Today they share
their island with the Creole, Maya, Central American refugees, and Americans
that have made San Pedro their new home.
2. North of
San Pedro Town
San Juan or St. John, is a community located directly north of the center of
San Pedro Town. The area is home to majority of the work force on San Pedro and
has its own unique mixture of people from all over Belize, Central America,
North America and even Europe. The Zaak Ba Ajo Lagoon is a great spot to snorkel,
boasting unique aquatic life and the lagoon's own little blue hole.
Boca Del Rio or Mouth of the River - is a settlement in the north of the
island located directly after San Juan and just before the river. A bridge wide
enough to accommodate people, bicycles and golf carts links Boca Del Rio Area
to other areas in the far north of the island. Visitors to Boca Del Rio can
enjoy swimming where this salt water river meets the sea as well spending time
at the Boca Del Rio Park. The water slides in the park are especially fun for
3. South of
San Pedro Town
San Pablo - Saint Paul is a small community
located just over a mile and a half southwest of the center of San Pedro Town
and facing the lagoon. Visitors often take bicycle or golfcart rides up Avenida
Del Sol which stretches to the Lagoons edge - in San Pablo to watch to
sparkling sunsets over the glossy surface of the lagoon. Swimming and
snorkeling can be enjoyed along San Pablo
Mar De Tumbo or the Tumbling Sea is the only spot on the island where the
waves tumble to the shore through a break in the reef instead of first breaking
on the reef like the rest of the island. This is a popular swimming area
located just over a mile south of San Pedro.
Other communities include the Escalente Sub-division in the south, San
Miguel near San Pablo, San Telmo in the south near Mar De Tumbo, Sunset Coves
in the south, San Pedrito located along the San Pedro Lagoon, Tres Cocos in the
north, Las Palmas, and the Basil Jones area both also located in the north.
Things to do and see in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro).
1. Snorkeling – Belize Adventure
Snorkeling, Hol Chan Reserve, Shark Ray Alley & Mexico Rocks
2. Scuba Diving – Hol Chan
Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Reef, Scuba Instruction
3. Blue Hole Diving &
Snorkeling- Swim, Dive and Snorkel the amazing Blue Hole.
4. World Class Fishing - Fly
Fishing, Sport & Recreational Fishing
5. Manatee Tour & Goff’s Caye
– Wildlife and Manatee Watching River Tour.
6. Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve -
Jungle Hike, Waterfall Swim & River Tubing
7. Sailing Charters -
Catamaran Sailing, Rasta Sailing & Learn to Sail
8. Mayan Ruins – Altun Ha, Lamanai
9. Bird Watching - Enjoy
various bird watching tours including Red Bank Scarlet Macaw.
10. Cave Tubing & Zip lining
- Tubing through Mayan Caves & Zip lining through the Jungle.
11. Cave Tubing & Belize Zoo
– Visit the mystical Mayan caves and the best little zoo in the world
12. Kayaking - Kayak the sea
or pleasant lagoon
13. Wave Runners - Waterfalls
Hike and Ruins
14. Kite & Windsurfing -
14. Real Estate Shopping -
Investing in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) Condos, Hotels, Land and Property
15. Biking - If you like
biking you will enjoy biking through the villages and communities.
16. Golf Cart Rides- Rent a
cart for an hour, half day or day and explore the peninsula.
Shops, Restaurants and Entertainment in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro)
As a developing tourist destination Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) boasts interesting small restaurant and shop options. Whether its beach restaurants such as De Tatch and Cozy Corner in the village or upscale choices such as the Turtle Inn restaurant, Robert's Grove seaside restaurant or the Bistro in Maya Beach you are sure to feel and taste the Caribbean flavor. Other notable restaurants are Wendy's Restaurant, La Dolce Vita Italian, Habaneros Mexican Grill and Purple Space Monkey for food and great entertainment. There are a host of small gift shops in the village along the sidewalk or on the main road. Nightlife in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro)
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