San Pedro is Ambergis Caye's main town, located in the southern part of the island. Once a quiet little fishing village, it is now one of the most popular towns in Belize, if not in the entire Caribbean. Even though tourism has led to development and growth, it hasn't erased the Caribbean flavor or relaxed small-town atmosphere of this idyllic little settlement.
The top activity on the island is diving. There are several dive shops in town that offer PADI courses and guided dive trips. A great dive site not too far away is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where it's possible to frolic among the stingrays and harmless sharks. Facing the town there is also a reef that's perfect for snorkeling. The water is clear and visibility is excellent.
There are other ways to enjoy the crystal-clear water too. Sailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing are some of the popular water-sports to try. You may also charter a boat and go fishing. The beaches aren't very wide but there are plenty of piers and walkways where you might find a spot or soaking up the sun.
The little island town's convenient location makes it easy to visit other parts of Belize, whether you want a weekend getaway or just a quick day trip. Among the mainland's many attractions are mystical Mayan ruins and various wildlife sanctuaries. Among the other islands to explore is Caye Caulkner, famous for its lobster. For the ultimate diving experience, consider a trip to the Blue Hole.
When it comes to dining and entertainment, you're spoiled for choice. San Pedro is home to a great variety of restaurants as well as wonderful beach bars. At night, there's sure to be a party somewhere in town and a live band playing. For those days when you'd rather stay in, you'll find plenty of stores and supermarkets where you can buy the provisions you'll need.
Getting to the island is easy. You can fly in by light airplane from Belize City or take a boat instead. There are also boat connections to Caye Caulkner and several other popular destinations. The subtropical climate means that it's a year-round destination, but January to March is peak season because it's a little less humid.
Ambergris Caye has many accommodation options and for a longer stay, it's well worth renting an apartment, a house or a villa. You don't even have to bring a phrase book when you visit, since English is the official language of Belize. However, you'll be able to get by with Spanish too and most San Pedranos also speak Kriol, adding an exotic touch to your holiday in paradise.
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