Ambergris Caye Island is rich in natural beauty, which is one of the reasons why so many people choose Ambergris Caye condos for their retirement. From the sapphire blue Laguna de Cantena to the lush mangrove forests, the dazzling white beaches and the underwater majesty of the reef, it's a stunning place to live and a place that itÂs important to protect.
Many retired people living in San Pedro and its environs choose to do volunteer work, and Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) is a popular organization to contribute to. Its aim is to protect the island's natural resources and ensure that new developments are approached with sustainability in mind. It works primarily through educational initiatives and there are always opportunities for new people to get involved.
Concerns About the Reef
Changing ocean conditions and less conscientious tourists are placing it at risk, and run-off from farming and industrial process on the island could add to the problem. However, environmentalists are confident that it can be saved. They point to the importance of the mangrove forests and the sea grass meadows in sheltering it from pollution. The reef is a favorite place for locals to dive and, as long as this is done carefully, there's no need for it to suffer as a result. It's a beautiful place to explore and newcomers to the island will be amazed by the variety of brightly-colored fish that inhabit it.
The reef is also important for preserving the stocks of food fish on which the island depends. Anyone who has eaten in the superb fresh fish restaurants in San Pedro will appreciate how much this matters, not just to the economy but to the island's culture and to its gastronome inhabitants. There really are few foods that delicious.
In a small place such as Ambergris Caye Island, every aspect of the ecosystem is dependent on every other, so it's important to think holistically when working to preserve it. For those residing in Ambergris Caye condos, looking out past the swaying coconut palms to the sparkling blue sea, every aspect of the island is a piece of paradise. Taking part in volunteer work is a great way to help secure its future and to make new friends along the way.