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Ambergris Caye (San Pedro), Belize

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 Peninsula.

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 diving.

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 small children.

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 & Xunantuinch

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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