San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize is the perfect trifecta of sea, sun and fun. Measuring twenty-five miles long and just over a mile wide, Ambergris Caye is the largest of Belize’s two hundred offshore islands.  With the barrier reef less than a half mile away, San Pedro is a prime fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and water sports destination. Dive shops dot the coastline, with countless options for day trips to explore Belize’s underwater world.  The Caribbean Sea is a playground for watersport enthusiasts.  Beyond incredible natural beauty, what really makes this island special is its authentic charm and relaxing atmosphere.  San Pedro is the place to take off your shoes and make yourself at home.  Island residents welcome visitors year round.

In the early days, the Maya used the island as a trading post.  Whalers then came looking for the once popular perfume ingredient ambergris, which is how the island got its name. After that, Mexican families fleeing the Caste War settled on the east coast of Ambergris Caye and called the town San Pedro, for Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishing. San Pedro’s population has grown exponentially since, with ethnicities from around the world. It is now a town but that same welcoming, genuine hospitality lives on.  Everyone is treated like family.

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The north and south ends of Ambergris Caye are split by the sea.  A bridge spans the channel, and is open to pedestrians as well as vehicular traffic. The most popular vehicles of choice on the island are the bicycle and the golf cart. The once sandy main streets of the town are being replaced with cobblestones. Visitors to the island will find Ambergris Caye Hotels designed to meet every traveler’s desires, whether it’s five star luxury or the basic essentials. No Belize vacation is complete without a visit to this popular destination.

Getting Here

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize is accessible by boat from two water taxi terminals, both located in the downtown area of Belize City. The San Pedro Belize Express is at the Brown Sugar Marketplace.  The Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association terminal is adjacent to the Swing Bridge. Boats run between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily. For a twenty minute journey by air to the island, use local carriers Maya Island Air and Tropic Air. Direct flights depart from Belize City and from the Phillip Goldson International Airport throughout the day.

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