Ambergris Cay Things to Do

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    Enjoy the Beautiful Beaches

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 4, 2007

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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).

    The north end beach near Hotel del Rio Heron Stalks at Low Tide, waves hit offshore reef
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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.

    Bottom Time Dive Shop
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    The Beach 'Scene'

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    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'.

    The always popular 'BCs' beach bar/restaurant
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    Chill Out at Your Hotel

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 4, 2007

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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.

    Ruth relaxes on a hammock as we talk A hotel cat has made a new friend Beachfront entrance - lounge area at right
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  • Shark Ray Alley

    by CoAir13 Written Apr 5, 2004

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    Fisherman used to come to this area to clean their catch, which attracted Nurse Sharks. Now, it has become a sanctuary for them and stingrays. Get into the 8 foot warm water and swim with these beautiful creatures!! This is not an enclosure!! They are attracted to the hum of boat motors and are rewarded with food by local fishermen and divers!

    Rays
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  • Caye Caulker

    by CoAir13 Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    A vacation destination in itself, I only spent a day here. This small island (about 5 miles long and only up to 1.2 miles wide) serves as home base for many divers visiting Belize. With sand streets and golf carts for tranportation.....laid back is the required state of mind. Shoes are optional. The beautiful white sand beaches are the perfect backdrop for windsurfing or fishing. There are sailing, birdwatching, and jungle trips offered from here, as well. Accomodation, restaurants, bars, and shops all line the main street.

    Main Street
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    Beaches/Snorkeling in San Pedro

    by saraheg77 Written Jul 2, 2004

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    If you go to Ambergris, you must spend some time on the beach and try to get in a little snorkeling, although it's probably not the best snorkeling you'll find. Just don't expect to see TOO many fish and you won't be disappointed. Snorkeling is always fun, though! This beach is one we walked to less than two miles up the main drag. Enjoy!

    Ang & Amanda in the Ocean!
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  • The Reef

    by CoAir13 Written Apr 5, 2004

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    There are so many companies here that offer some sort of day trip that has something to do with the reef. It is the second largest Barrier Reef in the world....and you must explore it when you are here. I snorkeled....it was amazing!! If you don't like the water, go along for the ride and enjoy a barbecue lunch on one of the many small (very small) islands that sit atop the reef.

    The Reef from the Air
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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.

    mangroves
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    Mexico Rocks

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 20, 2004

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    North of San Pedro, about halfway up the Island the Mexico rocks are a coral formation just of shore. Still a ways inside of the barrier reef the rocks are big, mainly round coral formations with canals between them.

    Being inside of the barrier keeps out the currents so it is easy to wind your way between the rocks finding interesting fish at every turn. I highly recomend it, best snorkeling I found

    My sisters Fish Pic
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    Shark-Ray Alley

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 20, 2004

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    It's a touristy thing to do but it is still a must. In the Hol Chan Marine Preserve you can dive or snorkel with reef and nurse sharks and sting rays.

    The fishermen used to come here to clean their fish, bring the sharks in for a free meal. Now guides lure the sharks here with chum. These sharks aren't too big but still provide an amazing experience. Actually the coolest thing was a baby nurse Shark that seemed to love being held and pet. It's pretty cool.

    A Back Scratch
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    Mayan Ruins at Lamanai

    by CayeCrazed Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

    Lamanai

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    Get invited to a Beach BBQ

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 8, 2013

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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.

    Beach BBQ here... The Live entertainment My sausage and potato salad
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    Enjoy the sun and beach

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 3, 2009

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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.

    Beautiful sunny day enjoying my frozen drink Ah...I love the hammock for a bit of shade
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    Hobie Cat/Kayaking

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    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.

    Getting instructions on how to use the hobie cat
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