Nestled in the most southern point of the island Ambergris Caye in the Belize District of Belize lies a fishing pueblo of approximately 14,000 people. A long kept secret by local residents and adventurers alike, San Pedro has become too beautiful to be kept hidden.
Ambergris Caye was discovered by TripAdvisor and named the #1 destination island in the world for 2013 and 2014. Belizeans are proud that the world now knows its secret. Hoping to hold on to the title for 2015, Belize was knocked out of the top place by Santa Teresa, Costa Rica but the little pueblo of San Pedro hit #2 on the 2015 TripAdvisor’s list for the Top 10 Destinations in Central America.
TripAdvisor also listed San Ignacio in the Cayo District in Belize as #10 giving Belize two kudos in the top 10 Destinations in Central America list. San Pedro and San Ignacio vied with some heavy contenders in the list including:
- La Fortana de Can Carlos, Costa Rica
- Granada, Nicaragua
- Tamarindo, Costa Rica
- Copan, Honduras
- Panama City, Panama
- West End, Honduras
- Antigua, Guatemala
Now a thriving tourist destination offering world class scuba diving in the bright turquoise waters surrounding the island, San Pedro still maintains its friendly small village charm and budget friendly tropical travel locals. San Pedro has becomes such a mecca for scuba diving it has its own decompression chamber on the island!
“La Isla Bonita” coined by Madonna in a song, San Pedro has amazing beaches to sink into and let the heat relax your weary bones or find one of the many dive shops and schedule a once in a lifetime diving expedition. Sidewalk cafes and small family owned business make a day in paradise more friendly and relaxing.
Shorts and sandals are the clothing of choice in this slightly off the beaten path destination where there are plenty of places to stay from guest houses to luxury resorts none of which are higher than three stories or that of a coconut palm. Golf carts, bicycles and feet are the most used forms of transportation on the island where the fish is fresh from the ocean and the beverages are delightfully cool.
The secret is out and San Pedrans are happy to share their little slice of heaven with the world. They feel their “Isla Bonita” will always be number one, regardless of what the outside world says.