Visiting San Pedro Ambergris Caye While on vacation
San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize's is one of the largest island, well known for its water sports, scuba diving and Caribbean beaches. Off the eastern shore, the Belize Barrier Reef features famed snorkeling and dive sites such as the Hole Chan Marine Reserve, with an abundance of sea life, and the 124m-deep Great Blue Hole. The town of San Pedro is the island's gateway and center for sailing and reef exploration. The island has quite a sandy streets which are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. Hole Chan Marine Reserve is a channel in an offshore reef. It features dive sites with parrot-fish and moray eels, plus nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. To the north, Bacalar Chico National Park protects wildlife and the Chac Balam Mayan ruins. Walking the Beach Path & Going for a Swim on a resort, or just swim on near a clean beach side.
The town is longer than it is wider, because of the geography of the island. There’s a beautiful path that’s lined with the Caribbean on one side and hotels and businesses on the other. There’s the occasional bar. There are a few spots along here that are good for a swim. Even if you’re not planning on going into the water though, walking the path is a beautiful way to spend some time while you’re in town.While the road there is a bit of an adventure on a golf cart, the beach and accompanying restaurant/bars were a lovely surprise. The beach is sandy and shallow for a long way making it great for kids and generally floating around in. If you get to meet the friendly Staffs around the island serves a great attraction for your services. They are as friendly and fun and the food can be amazingly tasteful for an inexpensive Breakfast, lunch or Dinner. Here's a list of spots to heng while being around town:
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Belizean Art Gallery
Sandy Toe's Beach Bar and Grill
Boogie's Belly Breakfast and lunch
Elvis Kitchen Restaurant
Famous Chicken Drop at Wahoo's Lounge
Estel's Dine By the Sea
Wayo's Sports Bar Down by the Beach
El Fogon Restaurant
Pupuseria Salvadoreno San Pedro
Blue Water Grill Restaurant
Belize Chocolate San Pedro
Finn and Martini restaurant
Dande's Ice Cream Custard
Lazy Pelican at Ocean Tide's Hotel
Celi's Deli Breakfast
Did you know the name Johnny cake was adapted from journey cake as this was a sturdy food that traveled well on long journeys?
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a marine reserve close to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, off the coast of Belize. It covers approximately 18 km² of coral. Biking - Bicycles are available through your hotel or rental centers located throughout town.
Golfcarts - Numerous businesses offer hourly and daily rentals.
Bird Watching - Wildlife watching is fast becoming a rage on this Caye. Visitors can be seen with binoculars glued to their eyes stepping quietly down the sandy streets in search of that special bird. Crocodiles, raccoons and a vast array of birds can be seen along the lagoon or along small mangrove cayes scattered in the north of the island.Water Sports - Jet-skis and Wave runners are available along the waterfront downtown, check in front of the Spindrift Hotel.
Windsurfing - Ambergris Caye is an excellent spot for all levels of windsurfer. Winter months can offer 20 plus days of 6.5 winds or better. October through March is generally the windy season, although in 99 may and June turned out to be 5.5 weather almost daily. July to September tend to be the calmer months. typical winds are cross- on or onshore. The warm clear water is protected by a coral reef about a half mile offshore. The water in between provides great bump and jump conditions and flat water speeding with runs of up to 5 miles on each tack. Most of this area is 6-8 feet deep. Outside the reef in the deep blue there are big waves and swells.
Kite surfing - Kit explorer, the Belizean kite surfing company from now 9 years in Caye Caulker, now offers a new exclusive riding spot in Belize, San Pedro Island. They offers 1/2 day trip from downtown San Pedro to a pristine island; to live a unique kite-surfing experience. Lessons with certified instructors or Pro Coaching with an international O’neill Pro Rider. From beginners to advanced riders, ride in one of the largest shallow water lagoon. There are kite lessons available for everyone! Kit explorer will guide you all the way.
The Lagoon- the Back Side - the back side. so quiet, peaceful. Tiny islands dot the area, you can see hundreds of miles if you get up at the top of a mast! Like the virgin everglades, beautiful and mysterious, so full of flora and fauna. There are caves back there that you have to see to appreciate. Currents come and out with the tides because there is a labyrinth of under island connections. On those hammocks and savanna's in the back are crocodiles, javelinas, deer and even jaguar and the birds abound. Click here for pictures...
Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where you are towed behind our boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a para-sail wing. The harness attaches the rider(s) to the para-sail, which is connected to the boat by the tow rope. The boat then takes off, carrying the para-sail and person into the air. Our boat is powerful enough so that two or three people can para-sail behind it at the same time. The rider has little or no control over the parachute and the activity is primarily a fun ride with an awesome view.
Watersports: Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Catamarans, Boating - rentals are available through most hotels or dive centers. Sailing tours can be arranged with local companies. The El Gato does many local trips. Sailing trips usually last the entire day and encompass a tour around Ambergris Caye as well as other nearby cayes such as Caye Chapel and Caye Caulker often with lunch being a beach barbecue. Kayaking is done both around the island, and all over Belize as well.