Ambergris Caye is a Caribbean paradise isle administered by Belize. This island of flat coral sand is some 25-miles in length and is the most southerly part of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has the expected warm Caribbean climate but does benefit from refreshing and cooling sea breezes. To the east the island is protected by a coral reef that runs for 185 miles along the Belize coastline.
Traveling to Ambergris Caye
Getting to Ambergris Caye is very straightforward as it is just two hours flying time from North Carolina, Houston, Miami and New Orleans.Â A further 15 minutes on a local air service gets you from the mainland to the island's airport. An alternative means of transfer is to take a boat trip to the island from the mainland. This will take about two hours if the boat makes other stops along the way. On a straight run the island will be reached in about 45 minutes. Tickets for the ferries are obtained from the Maritime Museum in Belize City.
San Pedro Town
The main settlement on the island is the delightful San Pedro Town. This is conveniently close to the local airstrip and transport is readily available. In town you will find pleasant restaurants and clubs providing excellent food and entertainment. The lifestyle is pretty laid-back on Ambergris Caye and slowing yourself down adds greatly to the enjoyment and the relaxation benefits of a vacation on Ambergris Caye.
Interesting and Exciting Things to do on Ambergris Caye are Numerous
Vacationers, and the large number of retirees and second-home owners that have purchased Ambergris Caye real estate, benefit from all the positives that such a tropical isle can provide. The warm sea and the proximity of the reef makes for great diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, windsurfing, parasailing and fishing, plus almost all the other water sports one can think of. All the support services are in place to facilitate the hiring of equipment.
Bird watching is also a very popular pastime as the Caye is home to more than 500 species. Wildlife watching in general should produce sightings of raccoons and crocodiles in the mangrove areas in the northern part of the island.
All in all this Caribbean gem should be on everyoneÂs possible vacation list. After visiting for the first time many individuals decide to invest in Ambergris Caye real estate for a permanent residence upon retirement or as a vacation hideaway. Can you really blame them?