Ambergris Cay Things to Do

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    Indulge yourself in Spa treatments

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Although Belize is not known for their 5 star hotels with all the amenities, there are some hotels that do provide certain added features that Miriam and I were looking for. We chose Journey's End Resort because it has a beach, pool, water sports, isn't far from San Pedro Town and, because it has a Spa on premises (very few hotels do).

    Serenity Spa provides you with the usual spa treatments in a wonderful setting. The prices are comparative and during our stay it was easy to book our treatments with little notice.

    I had a wonderful Caribbean Sea Mud Wrap prior to sitting out in the sun. The treatmet cost $95 (US) for a 50 minutes and the best part is that you can add a mini treatment for an added cost. I choose the foot and leg massage for an additional $35 for 20 minutes.

    (Prices quoted in US dollars)

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    Hobie Cat/Kayaking

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Getting instructions on how to use the hobie cat

    Many of the hotels provide free water sports like the hobie cat and kayaks for your pleasure. All you have to do is sign up and get quick instructions on how to use them and off you go.

    It's a great way to spend an afternoon just enjoying the water sports, but make sure you listen and adhere to the instructions or you'll find yourself in some trouble.

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    Get invited to a Beach BBQ

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Beach BBQ here...
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    We were having dinner one night at Rendevous discussing with the waiter food, drinks and nightlife in San Pedro when the conversation came up about the Beach BBQ the restaurant was having the next day and how we should stop by. After dinner we thanked the Chef/owner Collen and she made it a point to again invite us to the bbq the following day, so we thought, why not? We were just going to lay around the beach and get some sun so it would be a nice change to the "gourmet" food we had been eating.

    The Beach BBQ was fun, we enjoyed a sausage and some home made potato salad and a cold beer and listened while a friend provided entertainment. It was really nice day out and perfect for the bbq. We had a good time and appreciated the warm hospitality that was given to us.

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    Scuba diving/Snorkeling with White Sands Dive Shop

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Having my Belikin while waiting for the boat

    Belize is blessed with beautiful clear water and a barrier reef that extends the whole of the country and water sports are part of any trip here.

    There are many ways to enjoy yourself especially if you like snorkeling or scuba diving. You can do some snorkeling on your own by getting on a hobie cat or kayak and getting close to the reefs which are only a few feet in depth, or join a tour that will pick you up and take you to one of the many designated areas like Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley or the Blue Hole.

    We enjoyed our 1/2 day snorkeling tour to Hol Chan then Shark Ray Alley with a guided tour from White Sands Dive shop. They picked us up on their boat and provided us with snorkel gear (at an additional cost) and took us out to a few wonderful locations. Since it had been raining for the past week and on the day we went out on our tour the skys were still overcast and it was chilly the visiability was less than optimal, but we had a wonderful guide which pointed out all the wonderful creatures out on the reef, so we did get to see quite a bit.

    I saw a few sea turtles, giant parrot fish, morel eel, nurse sharks, sting rays and an assortment of shoals of fish. Unfortunately the pictures are not as clear as I had hope due to the overcast skys, but the trip was lots of fun.

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    Mayan Ruins at Lamanai

    by CayeCrazed Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lamanai

    You are picked up at 7:00 a.m. in a fast boat for a one hour ride to the mainland and up the river stopping here and there to view crocs,iguanas,and many species of birds and flowers. Then a one hour bus ride to another river ride gets you to the Lamanai site where you have a picnic lunch {very good}.You then walk the Site which is huge and extremely captivating. After the tour you then return home the same way arriving about 5:30 p.m. Howler monkeys and keelbilled toucans are bonuses. Wonderful day trip!

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  • Tuff E Nuff Tours

    by tahoe.california Written May 15, 2010

    Whatever you do, use them.. a lot! The service that we received from Tuff E Nuff was impeccable. Who would guess that with absolutely no previous experience whatsoever we were able to go scuba diving down to 30 feet and experience the Hol Chan Marine Reserve up close and personal. A shark attacking a conch, turtles up to the size of a VW bug, rays, eel, and all the colorful fish and coral that you can imagine. The highlight for me was swimming with a huge school of Tarpon. It would not have been the same without Billy who made us so comfortable. His unwavering patience is something I most certainly aspire to attain someday. Erwin even took the time to make our dinner reservations. Tuff E Nuff is far more than good enough.

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    Big sand box

    by kyoub Updated Feb 22, 2009

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    Playing in the sand

    There is no beach really but Coral Bay Villas has it's own private white sand beach in front of the condos. The little ones really enjoyed playing in the sand. It is also a great place for adults to hang out and get some rays.

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    Manatee and Goff's Caye Tour

    by kyoub Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    There are many tour/dive operators on the island. We used Hustler Tours but I wouldn't recommend them. One of our favorite tours was the one we took out to Goff's Caye.
    We stopped to see the Manatees on the way out. It was cloudy so we really didn't see much. We did see dolphins on the way. On Goff's Caye we saw colorful marine life and we loved the white sandy beach on crystal clear waters. Our tour included a light lunch after we arrived.

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    People perch

    by kyoub Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    Up high

    Next to our condo is another very nice place with standard rooms and suites. The grounds are spacious. They have 2 outdoor hot tubs and this 35-foot observation deck for bird viewing.
    Of course I had to check out the later. I like being up for a look in the tree tops.It was cloudy the day we were up there but on a clear day one could see for miles.

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    Glass-bottom boat

    by kyoub Written Feb 21, 2009

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    Boat ride
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    Go out on a glass-bottom boat. If you have young ones in your group they will love watching the fish through the glass bottom. The boatman will probably take you out to Hol Chan Marine reserve . It is a five square mile underwater park. You will also go to Shark Alley. While there we saw nurse sharks, sting rays, big eye jack, and giant grouper.
    The boat will stop for awhile and you will be able to go snorkeling.

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    Enjoy the sun and beach

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    Beautiful sunny day enjoying my frozen drink
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    Sitting out in the sun in a wonderful beach is all we wanted and needed after each of us had such busy work loads in the past few months.

    The beach at Journey's End is nice white powdery sand with a protected beach coast from the barrier reef. During our stay the country had experienced unseasonably weather with plenty of rain and although the beaches were clean, the water had quite a bit of seaweed on the shore.

    Nonetheless, sunning and taking a dip a few times was exactly what we wanted and we were lucky that the weather finally changed for the better as only the first day of our arrival was it actually raining.

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    Swim with sharks and sting rays.

    by kuchunga Written Nov 29, 2007

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    We took a half day trip to Ho Chan marin reserve and Shark alley.
    At Ho Chan you can see a lot of kind of fishes and corals we even saw a couple of eels swiming it was wild!
    At Shark alley, there are nurse sharks and sting rays swiming around. Our guide could chatch both of sharks and sting rays and he let us hold a shark and pet it! no one went for holding sting ray but we touched it. It was so mcuh fun! We booked through Monkey business.

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    The Beach 'Scene'

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    The always popular 'BCs' beach bar/restaurant

    We had arrived on Ambergris Cay in late-morning on a Sunday, so by the time we checked-in at our hotel and found a bite to eat, it was already early afternoon. It was only then that we found out the place to be is at BCs Sunday beach BBQ, only a few steps away from the Water Taxi dock! The photo shows the square beach cabana on the left, sheltering a central bar area with seating at the bar, or stand-up, around it's four sides. Scattered around the sandy beaches are some tables and chairs for customers as well as the old abandoned cabana on the right side. We tried to find a spot at or near the bar on this Sunday afternoon, and again on the Monday evening, but we had no luck. The place was always packed out, with hardly any room to move at all - so get there early if you are planning to go! There are a few other 'happening' places in this same general area of San Pedro - such as 'Mango's' or the 'Crazy Canucks Beach Bar'.

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    Chill Out at Your Hotel

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    Ruth relaxes on a hammock as we talk
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    After a stroll around San Pedro on our first day on Ambergris Cay, Sue and I returned to the Hotel del Rio to spend a few hours just relaxing in our new surroundings. The hotel has a beautifully treed area just off the beach (third photo) where guests can relax under a thatched roof shelter with a large table, several chairs and hammocks available as you watch the beach activities.

    We were reading our books when Ruth, the lady who runs the place for the absentee American owners (her husband did the paperwork as we checked in), came over and sat down beside us for a chat. It was interesting to hear her story, having emigrated from Guatemala 13 years ago because of all the civil unrest at the time. She and her husband have complete control over the running of the hotel and, not having any children, she has taken on a couple of cats as permanent guests. One of them took a liking to Sue, and ended up asleep on her lap (second photo). This cat had its jaw broken some months before after an attack by one of the many roaming beach dogs, but Ruth and her husband had forked out quite a bit of money to have a vet fix the cat up so the jaw is still useable. The afternoon passed quickly in conversation instead of reading, and we got some useful tips from Ruth regarding bicycle rentals and good local restaurants!

    We finished the afternoon off with further conversations with other guests (all American) as they joined us on returning from their various day-trip excursions.

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    Enjoy the Beautiful Beaches

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    The north end beach near Hotel del Rio
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    The eastern (reef) side of Ambergris Cay has some beautiful beaches to play with and this photo shows the street of Boca del Rio which is actually the beach itself. There was a good amount of pedestrian, bicycle, golf cart and vehicle traffic along this stretch as the locals went about their business. Even the school fronts onto this street, so it was cute to see the children parading along in groups of two or three with their school uniforms on.

    There are good swimming spots dotted along this beach and we spent some time on it in front of our hotel, where we saw a Heron (second photo) wading in the shallows as he quickly darted his beak to pick up a snack or two in the shallow tidal pools.

    Unlike these 'people' oriented northern beaches of San Pedro, those at the southern tip of Ambergris Cay are pretty well locked up for the guests of the fancy resorts located there (see my 'Tourist Trap' tip for a look).

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