Ambergris Caye Travel Guide
Diving is with a doubt one of the most popular things to do in Ambergris Caye. The island is a diver’s paradise, with the Belize Barrier Reef providing crystal-clear waters that are perfect for viewing tropical fish, nurse sharks, rays and 70 different kind of hard corals. One of the most popular diving sites in the world is here: the Great Blue Hole, a huge submarine sinkhole that is more than 120m deep; populated by midnight parrotfish and hammerhead sharks and lined with intricate limestone formations. Amazing ocean exploration doesn’t just happen underwater–catamaran and sailboat tours are great ways to get to see the island’s beauty.
Adrenaline junkies looking for things to do in Ambergris Caye should not miss the thrill of zip lining above the jungle, tubing through the underground caves of the ancient Mayan world, or renting a jet ski or a kayak. To explore the Mayan ruins of Lamanai, a boat can pick up your party in the morning and guide you through the New River until you reach this site, where highlights include the Jaguar Temple and the Mask Temple.
At night, Ambergris Caye comes to life with the sound of live music. Bars like Fido’s Courtyard and Crazy Canucks are ideal if you want to kick back with a couple of cocktails, but if you’re looking for a dance-fueled party, Jaguar’s Temple Club and Daddy Rock are two of the most popular clubs.
The three-square-mile Hol Chan Marine Reserve was created in 1987 to protect marine habitats in Belize’s coral reef, seagrass beds, Mangrove beds, and Shark Ray Alley. The reserve can be reached by a 15-minute boat ride from San Pedro.
This open-air, beachside restaurant at the exclusive, dual-villa Azul Resort sources locally-grown, seasonal ingredients.