San Pedro Belize, whose population has grown to over 4,000 full-time residents, is the main town on the island of Ambergris Caye. Its citizens are predominantly of Mexican descent and are bi-lingual. The island boasts the largest number of visitor lodgings in Belize. San Pedro’s hotels, diving, snorkeling, and fishing are some of the finest in the country.
San Pedro’s Picturesque Setting is Reminiscent of a Post Card
Modest and vibrantly painted houses line the sandy streets against a backdrop of a crystalline azure sea. Coconut palm trees bend and sway in the trade winds. Single-story hotels in Belize, cottages and chalet-style resorts, from simple to extravagant, are found throughout the town and along the coast.
If a comfortable, relaxed seaside vacation that is affordable is what you are after, San Pedro, Belize is for you. The seafood is fresh off the boat and the beer is ice-cold. There is phenomenal snorkeling and diving to be had, stunningly white, sandy beaches and the clearest water imaginable. Add to this all the conveniences of home without the contrived ambience and you’ve got a wonderful vacation to look forward to on the Island of Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye: A Ticket to Paradise
Ambergris Caye has a lot to offer its visitors. On the outskirts of town, there is an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. A considerable portion of the island is swathed in a broadleaf jungle that attracts some fascinating wildlife. The hotel grounds and yards of the cottages in San Pedro are all in bloom with exotic tropical flowers and plants. San Pedro functions as an excellent home-base for day trips to proximate attractions and the distant atolls and islands. The markets are always well-stocked with a vast selection of food, and the country’s finest chefs take great pride in their culinary creations.
As far as getting around on the island, golf carts and bicycles are available as are taxis. Many visitors choose to walk, as almost everything is within walking distance. San Pedro, Belize, has ten avenues and none are paved! It is not uncommon to see barefoot people anywhere and everywhere.
Underwater Adventures at the Barrier Reef
There is great diversity among the types of reef in Belize, which make for absolutely spectacular snorkeling. The Barrier Reef is about 190 winding miles of pristine splendor. It is eleven miles from the mainland, and less than a mile from the shoreline of Ambergris Caye. To a great extent, the reef is entirely uncharted and can be easily reached by boat. The reef is not unlike a colossal barrier that runs parallel to the shoreline. Amid the interior and the Barrier Reef, you will find shallow, sandy waters with copious mangrove-covered atolls called “cayes.”
San Pedro Belize makes for a wonderful vacation destination for the snorkeler or diver, fishing enthusiast or for the visitor who simply wants to relax and appreciate the wonder of an island paradise.