Ambergris Caye, Belize. My hometown, my Isla Bonita. The town that saw me grow and gave me all the opportunities I enjoy today. I welcome you to our slice of paradise. While the island has seen tremendous development in the last recent years, it still provides locals and visitors with the best of both world. If you are looking for total relaxation, we got it. If you want to go shopping, we got it. If you want to enjoy some delicious meals and drinks, we got it. Want to go fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, or enjoy an activity out at sea, we got it. Mainland tours? Yup, we offer that too. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize has become the main tourist destination in Belize and the hub to get around the country. Yet, it is still very laid back. The main means of transportation are still golf carts and bicycles although you will see some vehicles and taxis running around.
The town core is a livelier but once you hit the beach, then you will realize what I am talking about. All beaches in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize are public. Don’t be afraid lay on the sand and soak up some sun. Or you can even try a dock for a little bit more privacy. Please note though that while docks are public during the day (6am – 6pm), owners reserve the right to keep them locked or inaccessible after 6pm. Though it is very seldom.
Ambergris Caye, pronounced /æmˈbɜrɡrɨs ˈkiː/ am-BUR-gris KEE, is the largest island of Belize located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea. Though administered as part of the Belize District, the closest point on the mainland is part of the Corozal District. It is the only part of Belize that is completely separated from the mainland.
The caye is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) long from north to south, and about 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) wide. It was named after large lumps of ambergris which washed ashore here.
San Pedro Town is the largest settlement and only town on Ambergris. There are also a number of small villages and resorts. Captain Morgan’s and Mata Chica resorts north of San Pedro played host to the first season of Fox’s Temptation Island in 2000, aired in 2001. The availability of skydiving during the winter has become a draw for tourists.
The Belizean island, where it has not been modified by man, is mostly a ring of white sand beach around mangrove swamp in the centre.
A Maya community lived on the island in Pre-Columbian times, and made distinctive polished red ceramics.
Tourism development of Ambergris Caye began in the early 1970s and grew considerably in the later years of the 20th century. The main attractions are the Belize Barrier Reef and its beaches. That barrier reef is the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The caye has a small airstrip serviced by Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, and can be reached by plane from Belize City as well as by numerous fast sea ferries. In the meantime Ambergris Caye can also be reached by ferry from Chetumal in Mexico and Corozal Town in Belize.
San Pedro Day is celebrated annually on June 27.
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