Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, sunning and swimming on our beautiful coral beach, the gin-clear waters of Ambergris Caye,Belize are a diver's, snorkeler's, birder's, and fisherman's paradise.
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and the main spot for travellers to this Caribbean nation. Originally a peninsula in Maya times, the connection to the Yucatan was severed by the Maya to facilitate trade and transportation.
Ambergris Caye has been the hub of Belizean area maritime trade for centuries. Fishing, coconuts, and chicle were historic means of islanders support, but in the last twenty to thirty years the incredible scenery of Ambergris Caye has led to a large growth in both the Belize dive and scuba trade, and ecotourism. The variety of things to do rival only the weather in their beauty!
The amazing coral reef system, the second largest in the world, lies one-half mile east of the shoreline and runs the entire 25 mile length of the island. This has made San Pedro Town the dive and water sports capital of Belize and Central America. The Great Blue Hole, Turneffe Islands, Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mexico Rocks, Lighthouse Reef, and many other diving areas are all only a short boat ride away from this coconut palm lined island.
A map on the site details the locations of many of these diving and snorkeling spots.
Local dive shops give advanced certification classes with PADI instructors, and also provide guides, equipment, and cameras if needed. Or rookies can just put on a mask and drop down into the six foot deep water that runs a half mile out from Ambergris Caye. This inland sea provides the swimmer or snorkeler a great look at the vibrant coral gardens, sponges, plunging walls, schooling fish, sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks, and many other beautiful, colorful fish awaiting your Belize diving adventure. Sitting on the bottom, surrounded by schools of glimmering fish, with the graceful ray cruising by in packs, man sized nurse sharks too fast to keep up with, and the playful dolphins, disappointed when you move on to further discoveries. Quite an amazing sight as the sun reflects off the fish. The water is so clear. The shallow water, the light sandy color of the bottom, and the reduced wave action due to the reef protection make for incredible visibility underwater. There are so many types of aquatic plant and coral life that you have to see it to Belize it!
The Belize mainland is also a short boat or plane ride from Ambergris Caye, allowing a visitor to stay in San Pedro Town yet visit such Belize ecotourism attractions such as the Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary, the Belize Zoo, the Rio Bravo Conservation Area, Baboon Sanctuary, Bacalar Chico, and boating up jungle rivers and seeing huge wild orchids and bromeliads, countless (well, 33 last trip) varieties of birds, crocodiles, manatees, and who knows what else might be out the day you are there...
The Maya ruled these parts for centuries, and their culture has left many spectacular remains including the structures at Lamanai, Xunantunich, Tikal, and Altun Ha. These Maya temples and ruins are but a small part of those available to visit. The incredible diversity of the natural wildlife- the animal and fish, plant and flower, and bird populations of this tropical paradise make it a must see for anyone wanting a relaxing yet funfilled visit to Belize and the Caribbean. We have just added a Birding Photo Gallery to this site also.
The huge number of trophy fish caught in these Belizean waters make San Pedro Town a destination stop for the serious fisherman. Sailfish, shark, blue marlin, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, groupers, lobsters, and others top the list of "whopper" stories reeled in from this Belize fishing wonderland. Deep-sea sportfishing charter boats are available for half day and longer use. The captains will take you out for the fishing experience of your life- and even cook some of your fresh catch up for you on the way back to the dock!
Many local businesses are represented on this site, the best of Belize hotels, Belize tourism, Belize travel, Belize scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing, Belize restaurants, airlines, and travel agents, are all only one click away for more information.
Real estate in Belize is also a growing area of this site, as sections focusing on relocation, the economy and investment in Belize are very popular with site visitors. Find out about Belizean tax laws, immigration information, labour laws, ministries, and contact information, Government Policy on Private Investments, Economic Policy & Development Priorities, Foreign Exchange Regulations, Investment Advantages, Investment Incentives, Land Development & Purchasing Information, and more are all available on this website.
We hope you enjoy your visit to this virtual version of Ambergris Caye, Belize, and hope it convinces you to come see us for real!