Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and the main destination for travellers to this western Caribbean nation. The island’s only town, San Pedro Town, is known as the dive and water sports capital of Central America. Ambergris Caye has been the hub of Belizean maritime trade for centuries. The growth of tourism over the past 30 years has replaced islanders’ historic means of support with ecotourism. In fact, the island’s beautiful azure waters offer a spectacular variety of marine life that draws scuba divers here in droves, year round.
Once known as British Honduras, Belize is a democratic, English-speaking nation with the rich history and balmy tropical environment that makes it ideal for beach-seeking travelers. From its warm and inviting Caribbean waters to the Maya Mountains and Pine Ridge, Belize draws as many visitors to its spectacular limestone caves, picturesque waterfalls, virgin tropical rain forest and ancient Mayan ruins and temples as it draws to its beaches.
Visitors come to Belize for adventure on and off the water. Zip lining through the rain forest, tubing through Mayan caves, scuba diving and snorkeling the Belize barrier reef system – the second largest in the world; sailing, parasailing, or simply hiking through the jungle makes this a vacation destination of a lifetime.
Lying one-half mile east of the Ambergris Caye shoreline, the Belize barrier reef runs the island’s entire 25 mile length. The Great Blue Hole, Turneffe Islands, Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mexico Rocks, Lighthouse Reef, and many other diving areas are only a short boat ride from Ambergris Caye.
The people of Belize play a huge role in making a vacation here memorable. It’s unique mix of 10 different cultures includes Maya, Creole, Mestizo, Mennonites, East Indian and Garifuna; their friendly and relaxed hospitality provides a welcoming environment that visitors remember for a lifetime.
Ambergris Caye is a perfect destination wedding and honeymoon spot. With its rich history, spectacular vistas and unlimited adventures, this is a must-visit beach vacation that everyone will love.