View of the isolated house built on the water in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Things to do in  Ambergris Caye

Gateway to Belize Barrier Reef

Ambergris Caye in Belize is a Caribbean paradise. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters home to vibrant marine life, it's no surprise that this relaxed island attracts so many visitors. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will be in heaven at the world-renowned Belize Barrier Reef just a short boat ride away. Other popular things to do include visiting the not-so-secret Secret Beach, a popular local hangout where you can lounge in a hammock with a cold drink in hand, feeling like you've discovered your own slice of paradise.

Top 6 attractions in Ambergris Caye

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Around 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) south of the shores of Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the most-visited snorkeling and diving area in Belize. Part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the reserve covers about 3 square miles (7.7 square kilometers) and is divided into zones according to marine habitat.More

San Pedro

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San Pedro Town is Ambergris Caye's main and only town. This is where the bulk of the island’s eateries, shops, nightlife, and businesses are located. The beach here is a sandy sidewalk at best, but the water and views are still beautiful, and numerous docks dotting the shoreline provide ample swimming opportunities. It also serves as a popular departure spot for dive trips.More

Shark Ray Alley

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Part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley is home to a multitude of 6-foot (1.8-meter) nurse sharks and stingrays with 4-foot (1.2-meter) wingspans. Over the years, fishers went to the site to clean out their catch—eventually, nurse sharks and stingrays started gathering in search of the boats and their daily treats.More

Great Blue Hole

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Recognized as one of the world’s top diving sites, and part of the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning, deep blue circular sinkhole is located on the Lighthouse Reef atoll. About 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter over 400 feet (122 meters) deep, the Great Blue Hole is a unique geographic phenomenon.More

Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve (BCNPMR)

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Located on the northernmost tip of Ambergris Caye, Bacalar Chico is said to be one of the most pristine reserves in Belize. In addition to being a protected marine reserve since 1996, the biodiverse park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s an ideal getaway for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.More
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Coral Gardens

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Coral Gardens is part of the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and is packed with unusual and colorful coral formations that can easily be explored thanks to the shallow depths of up to 13 feet (4 meters). Schools of fish such as angel fish, tree worms, and parrotfish can be seen here, adding to the overall beauty and uniqueness of the coral.More

Top activities in Ambergris Caye

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All about Ambergris Caye

When to visit

During the months of December to April, the weather is dry and sunny—perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying water activities such as snorkeling and diving. For a more laid-back experience with fewer crowds, head to Ambergris Caye during the offseason from May through November. Don't let the rainy season scare you away—these months offer the warmest weather with highs up to 90°F (32°C), though frequent rain showers might reduce your time on the beach.

Getting around

The best way to discover this beautiful island is by golf cart. This is the main way to get from your resort to the beaches. Most hotels rent them out, so you can explore the island at your own pace. If you want to get out on the water, there are many boat tours offering day trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Great Blue Hole, amongst other places.

Traveler tips

While the Great Blue Hole is Ambergris Caye’s main attraction, it's actually a dive site for more experienced divers. If you're more of a beginner, try snorkeling or diving in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve instead, which is much closer and only 10 minutes away by boat. This is also where you can swim with nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley. For one of the best food experiences, don't miss The Truck Stop, Belize's first shipping container food truck and beer garden in San Pedro.

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What is Ambergris Caye known for?

As well as being the largest island in Belize, Ambergris Caye is known for its powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, which lead into the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The island draws divers and outdoor adventure seekers who want to discover the incredible marine life of the Caribbean Sea.

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Can you swim at the beach in Ambergris Caye?

Yes, you can swim at the beach in Ambergris Caye. The island has some of the best beaches in Belize, with warm waters just begging for a swim. Boca Del Rio, Secret Beach, and Ramno's Village which are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.

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Is Ambergris Caye walkable?

While the island may not be as walkable as its neighbors, it is still navigable by foot. You can easily walk around the compact streets and beachfront areas of San Pedro, the town center. However, depending on where you're staying, you may need a golf cart to get into town.

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How many days is ideal to spend in Ambergris Caye?

Give yourself ample time to soak up the island's charm. From a few days up to a week is ideal. This will be enough time to indulge in the delicious seafood, explore the world famous Belize Barrier Reef, and of course, bask in the sun at the beach.

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Are there sharks around Ambergris Caye?

Yes, there are sharks around Ambergris Caye. However, incidents are rare and there are many types of marine life that are harmless to humans. In fact, diving with nurse sharks and stingrays in Shark Ray Alley is considered one of the best experiences in Ambergris Caye for all divers.

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What month is best for Belize?

While this tropical paradise is beautiful year-round, there's one month that takes the cake: March. It's one of the driest months of the year and still quite warm with temperatures averaging at 80°F (26°C). It's also when the crystal-clear waters are at their warmest, making for ideal snorkeling and diving conditions.

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