Vacationing at Ambergris Caye

Historically, Ambergris Caye was mainly a maritime trading hub in Belize. It now seems to have made it to the international tourism scene, and the island has seen a large influx of tourists. On top of being the biggest island in Belize, the island is widely known as the gateway to the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s no wonder that the island is one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. The only established town on the island is called San Pedro. There are various activities that will keep you happy and busy in Ambergris Caye. With its clear azure waters, palm trees and romantic sunsets, the island will wow you.

Ambergris-CayeThe highlight of your visit is the extensive coral reef system known as the Belize Barrier Reef. It stands as the worlds second largest and a sanctuary for an incredible array of marine animals. Fortunately, tours can easily be organized to bring you to this remarkable reef, which lies half a mile east of the Caye.

The barrier reef is not the only diving attraction in close proximity to the island. While here, you can also choose to schedule expeditions to other popular diving sites like the Shark Ray Alley, The Great Blue Hole, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Mexico Rocks. If diving and snorkeling are not for you, you can try offshore fishing, which can be very rewarding as the area is swarming with hundreds of fish species. Cave systems are found everywhere, and they make remarkable exploration venues. Water sports and activities like jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing are also available.

Golfing, bird watching, and biking are some of the popular dry activities offered on the island. You can even rent a golf cart and drive around town. While on the island, you will be in contact with a great mix of cultures, which is also an interesting part of the travel to Ambergris Caye. Some of the groups living on the island include Garifuna, Mennonites, East Indians, Creole, Mestizo, and Maya. These groups, no matter how different, are known for their friendliness and hospitability.

If you are more of a history buff, then you should also visit the island’s Mayan Centers such as Xunantunich and Altun Ha. These places boast the ruins and remains of the mysterious Mayan civilization, which are believed to have reigned on the island for hundreds of years. In addition, nature trails and trekking in places like the Butterfly Jungle are always a hit among tourists.

After a day of sea exploration and physical activities, you can just relax and dine in one of the restaurants overlooking the water and chill in a tropical style club or bar in the area. While sipping your well deserved drink, have an engaging conversation with a fellow traveler. Yes, such is the life in Ambergris Caye. There are no hassles and reasons to hurry. Just take your time and enjoy your holiday.

But before you leave this paradise, stop by the National Craft Centre or any specialty stop to buy a souvenir , whether it is a postcard, a straw hat, or a piece of jewelry, to remind you that coming and returning to Ambergis Caye is all worth it.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!