Ambergris Cay Things to Do

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    Visit the ruins

    by CaptainDan Written Oct 7, 2006

    This is a great day trip. They take you buy boat on a tour through the swamps and to the mainland of Belize. Then they dropped you off with a guide at the ruins and even feed you lunch 1/2 way through. You can take some cool photos here and even climb up to the top of the ruins. When it's all done come back to a beautiful island instead of staying on the dirty mainland...

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    Explore the island

    by CaptainDan Written Oct 7, 2006

    Rent a gold cart and drive it around the island finding new beaches. The roads aren't great on the island but they all lead to great white sand beaches. The island is super small and you could get one from side to the other in a gold cart no problem.

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    croc hunting

    by CaptainDan Written Oct 7, 2006

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    We heard stories of local kids tying up raw whole chickens to ropes and pull the crocs out of the local lakes....so we had to try it out for ourselves. Went to the local hardware store bought some roped and tied a whole chicken to it and had a blast taking pics. You throw the chicken in the water and slowly drag it out to lure the croc out. The locals get a kick out of watching all the crazy tourist do this...

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    do nothing and enjoy life

    by CaptainDan Written Oct 7, 2006

    Ambergris caye is a very slow paced relaxing place. Its such a beautiful island and relaxing here is just what the doctor ordered. No matter where you stay on the island you'll be surrounded by crystal blues waters and white sand beaches.

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    Swimming off the pier at Ramon's

    by Annie77 Written Sep 11, 2006

    There isn't a real beach on Ambergris but if you want to go swimming, go to Ramon's. You don't need to be a guest at the hotel to use their pier (at least, no one bothered us). The water is fairly deep and free of seagrass. There's also a nice covered area with benches in your companions just want to sit, stare at the sea and stay dry.

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    Explore on a Golf Cart

    by marc_berryman Written Jul 2, 2006

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    Renting a Golf Cart for transportation is a popular activity in San Pedro. Rent a cart for a day or two and explore the island, we sampled the food and drink from one end of the road to the other. Do not forget sunscreen and bug repelent!

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    Altun Ha Mayan Ruins

    by marc_berryman Written Jul 2, 2006

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    A short boat then bus ride, including an up-the-river portion, from San Pedro, lies the myan ruins of Altun Ha. Inhabited since the 1st century B.C., with the temples and buildings seen at the site being began in the second and were added to until the nineth century. The Altun Ha site was an important trading center of the Maya, and a main religious center. Once home to an estimated 10,000 people, the site is one of the best excavated in Belize. The ruins were not discovered until 1963, with excavation beginning in 1964, so the ruins are in very good shape. The main temple can also been seen in the movie, The Mosquito Coast with Harrison Ford.

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    A day on the water with Ernesto

    by Foundryman1 Written Jun 15, 2006

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    This is a fishing guide named Ernesto Bernardes.We met him one afternoon when he helped push our golfcart out of a mudhole.We struck up a conversation and he told us he could take us out for a day on the water.We gave him a lift andtold him to look us up in the next couple days and sure enough he shows up on time and off we went.The fishing was great we caught some nice grouper

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    Plenty of Water Activities

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 22, 2006

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    As would be expected on the various northern Cays of Belize, there are many different water-based activities available for visitors. We had already done our little bit of snorkeling on Caye Caulker, so were content to just sit back and watch the activities during our 2 days on Amergris Cay. In addition to the various SCUBA diving tours, such as those arranged by the Bottom Time Dive Shop, we also watched large speed boats readying to take small groups of people out for a bit of deep-sea fishing. With a decent sized airport located in downtown San Pedro, sky-diving was also a popular activity, with most of the jumps actually landing in the off-shore waters.

    A group of tourists that was staying at our Hotel del Rio arranged an all-day boat trip from Ambergris to the mainland where they were taken on a tour of one of the many Mayan temple complexes dotted around this part of the Yucatan Peninsula. We were planning to take in similar ruins later in our trip when we were near the Guatemala border, so we passed on this chance at it.

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    Shopping

    by larsy Updated Sep 14, 2005

    The shopping in San Pedro is mostly tourist items, shirts, shot glasses etc. There are few art shops, jade shops and we made our biggest purchase at Graniels Dreamland which is a Belizan hardwoods store, stop by to try their unique chairs, we ordered two and they arrived at our house in Texas in excellent condition.

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    Snorkeling for beginners

    by larsy Updated Sep 14, 2005

    There are many tour providers on the island that visit the Hol Chan Marine reserve and Shark Ray Alley. We went with one of the less expensive options, Sea-farous. It was around $35 a person versus the $47 charged at Ramons. It was an excellent trip though you may want to practice your breathing in the hotel pool before you go out to the reefs. The reefs are bursting with fish and bright coral and you can get a good look at everthing since the area is so shallow. Sting rays and nurse sharks also swim by you.

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  • Amigos Del Mar

    by Matt875 Written Aug 3, 2005

    Amigos is the best dive shop on the island. The crew is very professional and the equipment (if you rent) is very solid. The Blue Hole trip (diving and/or snorkling) is fantastic - well worth the money.

    We went with Adventure Tours (or Adventure Belize - I can't remember) on a day tour. We thought they were terrible - poor rental equipment and other problems plagued the trip.

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    Get a massage-Tropical touch Spa

    by larsy Written Jun 30, 2005

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    We first went to Sol Spa but if you are even SLIGHTLY alergic to cats and dislike incense stay away, I only lasted 1 minute in the place. We booked at Tropical touch and had wonderful massages and scrubs, if you have a sunburn they will use seaweed to soothe the burned skin. It is right on the water so you can hear the waves while you relax.

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    Exploring North of the Cut

    by JetlagCity Written Mar 11, 2005

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    North of "the cut" that divides the island in two it's still relatively undeveloped and uncrowded, though I don't know for how long. I've heard they're going to put a bridge over this span of water so the north area won't be as remote anymore. For now, it's still your best bet for "getting away from it all" on this island, where you can wander among the palms, coconut trees, and mangroves. Here you can commune with nature and pretend you're Gilligan, marooned on an unknown island.

    Be sure to take a little money to pay for your ride across the cut on the little hand-pulled ferry, and take plenty of water.

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    Scuba!

    by diver-x Written Sep 20, 2004

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    Now, do I go the Caribbean and not scuba dive??? Well, I have to say again, that I was disappointed with the scuba diving in Belize. The last time we were there, we dove down south at Placencia and we were a little underwhelmed there. But we thought, most people dive around the Cayes, so we had higher expectations at Ambergris. It's not that it's bad diving, it's just not as good as some other places, like Bonaire or the Caymans. Visibility averaged only about 60 feet (about 25 meters), so the colors don't pop out as much as places where 80-100 feet of viz is the norm. It also makes it tough to see the critters. A large hawksbill turtle came by to check us out once and I couldn't get a picture of him because of the bad viz. I woulda got that shot in Bonaire! Similar situation when an eagle ray swam by. Anyway, we saw a whole lot of nurse sharks, a few turtles, a bunch of baracuda, huge groupers, and the usual cast of Caribbean critters. One thing I enjoyed and will remember about the diving around Ambergris was the topography. The rock & coral forms some of the most dramatic canyons I've seen underwater. There are also some tunnels that are fun to explore, similar to Eden Rock in Grand Cayman.

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