Pack up your flip flops, bathing suits and floppy hats, and head down to the tropical paradise that truly offers ocean adventure, relaxation and a lively nightlife without the usual rowdy tourist crowds. San Pedro Town, on the island Ambergris Caye, is still a quaint Caribbean paradise with all the activities, amenities and conveniences usually found in larger resort destinations.
San Pedro Town
When you first visit San Pedro Belize on Ambergris Caye Island, you'll be amazed by its charming small community feel. Buildings, even the resort-style condominium developments, are no taller than three stories high, or about the height of a large palm tree. The town is filled with brightly colored Caribbean homes, hard-packed sand streets and delightful shops.
San Pedro is sheltered by the second longest barrier reef in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef. The reef's 500 fish species, more than 100 coral species and hundreds of invertebrates make the reef areas near San Pedro perfect spots for diving and snorkeling. It is also contributes to the island's reputation as an excellent fishing destination.
If you're looking for other water adventures, San Pedro is the place to be. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing and para-sailing are popular with and accessible to San Pedro visitors.
Birdwatching and exploring the island's nature preserves are rapidly becoming favorite activities, as well. While many of the bird species can be seen in San Pedro Town, the lagoon areas around the outskirts of town are also brimming with bird life. For a unique look at the island's bird life, visit the Lalas Bird Sanctuary. The spot provides a "people perch" tower with multi-level platforms for an actual bird's eye view of the avian wildlife.
The area's lagoons and mangrove marshes offer opportunities to spot other wildlife such as crocodiles and raccoons. The town's one kilometer Ecological Nature Trail is a guided walk through the jungle, alive with intriguing trees, plants and insect habitats. Tour the Butterfly Jungle for a unique view of all stages of butterfly life and a few occurrences of unusual butterfly behavior such as "mud-puddle clubs."
Mayan ruins, extensive networks of limestone caves, tubing down tropical rivers and large jungle tours are just day trips away from San Pedro.
Colorful shops dot the streets of San Pedro. Belizean jewelry, local art and a variety of local, Guatemalan and Mexican souvenirs are just some of the goodies you'll find at San Pedro's shops. Wine, liquor, Cuban cigars, clothing and bamboo products are also available at local stores.
After a day of playing and relaxing in the water, walk over to one of San Pedro's many hot spots for some evening entertainment. Live music, dancing, karaoke and fun games are just some of the activities offered at San Pedro's bars and clubs.
Getting Around San Pedro
Although there are a few taxis and private vehicles in San Pedro, most people get around town on foot or by golf cart. Bicycles are usually available at area resorts, as well, but walking around town gives tourists a better feel for the Caribbean community.
San Pedro is the only town on Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize. Getting to San Pedro and Ambergris Caye is just a short trip from the U.S. A two-hour flight from Houston, Texas, or Miami, Fla., will take you to Belize City, where you can catch a commuter flight to Ambergris Caye's air strip. High speed ferries can also take you to the island from Belize City.
Taking the trip to San Pedro is an easy, rewarding adventure. With all that San Pedro has to offer, it's no wonder that the town is thought to be the inspiration for Madonna's 1987 song, "La Isla Bonita."