Island Paradise: 4 Days in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize. The coastline is a diver’s and snorkeler’s dream. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and teeming with fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays and other sea creatures.

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The first part of our Belize trip was spent on Ambergris Caye. We went from the airport to a taxi to the water taxi and to the island.

San Pedro is the main town on Ambergris Caye. The town has most of the island’s restaurants and shops.

Getting to San Pedro

Just getting to San Pedro is an adventure. We arrived at the airport and took a taxi to to the Marine Terminal. The Marine Terminal is a busy area with shops and it is a short walk to the water taxi.

Helpful porters will take and tag your luggage at the curb when you get out of the taxi. You then need to walk down to the terminal to obtain tickets for the water taxi. The ride to San Pedro is 90 minutes. It was $20 US per ticket.

Staying in Ambergris Caye

San Pedro and Ambergris Caye are popular island stops in Belize. We rented a condo on VRBO right on the beach. We had a gorgeous view from our condo.

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Getting Around the Island

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Rent a Golf Cart

Most of the time we walked. Everything is fairly close, so it wasn’t far to walk to downtown or along the beach. However, we rented a golf cart to explore all of the island for one of the days.


The beaches are not like Hawaii or the white sand beaches of Florida, but they are still beautiful. The best beach area on the island is by Ramon’s Village resort just south of downtown.

They also have a great pier for swimming and snorkeling from.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Alley

The main reason we visited Ambergris Caye in Belize was to see Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Seeing this amazing place was one of the best excursions. We snorkeled the reef for a few hours and then went to Shark Alley to swim with the sharks

This trip includes a stop at Shark Ray Alley. We chose Mystical Adventures to be our guide to this area and our guide was very knowledgeable.


There are all kinds of fun things to do along the beach. The kids went parasailing and had a blast.


An inexpensive thing to do is rent some kayaks and it is a great work out too.

kayak in ambergris caye

Exploring Ambergris Caye

One of the days we took the golf cart and drove north until the road ended. It was a fun way to see the island.

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