If you enjoy traveling, by now you’ve probably already heard about Belize (if you haven’t been there already) and the island of Ambergris Caye which is just off of its mainland coastal area. Ambergris Caye is known for its spectacular sandy beaches, friendly locals and flourishing culture. What most consider the focal point of the island is San Pedro Town, its incredible urban center. Over 160 years ago this wonderful town was a quaint fishing village and now is one of the most exciting destinations on the island with one of a main draws being its unique environment.
Following are just a few of the top things to do in Ambergris Caye’s vibrant San Pedro Town.
Enjoying Mother Nature’s Bounty
There are more than 500 species of birds on the island, and many varieties of land animals that you can observe in the island refuges or by taking tours. The marine life on the island is its star attraction, including a number of unique species thanks to the coral reef. You’ll also want to spend an afternoon exploring the island’s many caves, naturally carved out of limestone.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Off of the Coast
These are both preferred pastimes around Ambergris Caye, however, most diving tours start out from San Pedro Town. Taking a diving/snorkeling tour is the best way to enjoy the experience because you’ll benefit from a localís perspective and guidance. The local tour guides know all of the best places to dive or snorkel and will take you to marine life rich locations like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve or Shark Ray Alley.
Enjoy the Incredible Traditional Food
In San Pedro Town you’ll have a chance to enjoy incredible food that’s the perfect blend of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico flavors. Red beans and rice are staples served with local meals, along with perfectly seasoned chicken which is served in most of the eateries you’ll find lining San Pedroís Main Street. If you enjoy spicy foods you’ll want to top your meal off with ceviche, a variety of salsa made with vegetables and fish.
The Ambergris Museum
The Ambergris Museum and Cultural Center is definitely worth making time for and the ideal way to learn more about this exceptional area. The primary collection is home to an enormous variety of Meson American archeological artifacts, several of which are from the ancient Mayan civilization. There is also an exhibit for children that tells the story of how San Pedro Town came about and the impact this special town has had on Ambergris Caye’s development.
Festivities and Special Events
San Pedro Town hosts a series of special events and festivals through the year. Some top events and celebrations include Garifuna Settlement Day, a special holiday, the Savor Food Festival and the San Pedro Lobsterfest, both popular festivals that attract international visitors as well.
As you plan for your Belize vacation, be sure to include San Pedro Town on your things to do list. Whether you’re hoping to absorb the rich local culture or simply want to enjoy the ultimate in relaxing vacations, San Pedro Town delivers.