Ambergris Cay Travel Guide

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Ambergris Cay Things to Do

  • Indulge yourself in Spa treatments

    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...

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  • Hobie Cat/Kayaking

    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...

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  • Get invited to a Beach BBQ

    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...

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Ambergris Cay Restaurants

  • Jambel Jerk Resturant

    4 out of 5 stars

    I checked out the Jambel Jerk Restaurant after my morning out snorkelling. I was quite hungry and did not want to wander far for a good place to eat. The Jambel did the trick. I am fond of Jamacian food in general and this place was just a short walk from my hotel. To my pleasure the food was good and they serve Red Stripe beer, which is a Jamacian...

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  • Cocina Caramba

    3 out of 5 stars

    We went to Caramba as we read some positive reviews about the place... They had a sign out front advertising a seafood platter special... and in we went. The seafood platter was nothing more than a regular-sized plate, with an even smaller dish holding some shrimp and scallops. It was a huge disappointment, and even bigger rip-off, considering the...

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  • Elvi's Kitchen

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is Rapheal. We met him at Fido's one afternoon and ran into him a couple of times on the Island . Very nice guy-He knows his local music too.I promised him I'd put his picture on the internet All the guide books will have a listing for this restaurant -it's One of the oldest restaurants on the Island . The seafood is all great

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Ambergris Cay Nightlife

  • Fun bar at the end of a pier

    We had spotted the Palapa Bar and Grill on various ferry rides to and from San Pedro and thought it would be a great place to stop and have a few drinks, so on the day we rented bicycles we made the Palapa Bar & Grill the incentive to bike over a mile from our hotel. As we arrived we parked and chained our bikes on the lower deck and proceeded up...

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  • Excellent frozen drinks

    Smiling Toucan is the name of the hotel bar. The bar is open daily from about 11:30 til about 2am. They serve a large selection of yummy freshly made frozen drinks, all sorts of mixed drinks and of course wine. They also serve a small selection of food items which you can enjoy with your drink as a quick in between meal or as an evening...

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  • A Good Bar but Mediocre Restaurant

    I visited Fido's twice. Once on my first night in San Pedro to eat and later for a couple of beers and to check out the band. The restaurant is upstairs and really was only average. I had lasagna and it was passable. When I took in the band four nights later, I was most pleased. The band was pretty good and did a mix of their own music and good...

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Ambergris Cay Transportation

  • Island Ferry

    If you stay at one of the resorts north (or sourth) of San Pedro town then Island Ferry is probably the best and fastest way to get from point A to point B. The Island Ferry runs on a scheduled stop (Belizan time, lol) at piers along the island. Get a listing of scheduled stops to make it simplier to make any restaurant reservations or to time your...

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  • Riding around in a bicycle

    On a beautiful afternoon Miriam and I decided to rent some bicycles and drive along the beach for some wonderful exploring. We rode our bikes along the beach path for about 2 miles in each direction stopping to photograph the birds fishing, the new constuction of condos and for a quick drink at Palapa's Bar and Grille. The price to rent the bikes...

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  • Pricy Water Taxi

    We didn't take the pricey Water Taxi, but our friend Ann Marie mentioned to us that if we were ever stranded in San Pedro after missing the last Island Ferry going north that the Water Taxi would be the only other option. The price per pick up is about $26 US (give or take a few $$). So make sure to know the time of the last ferry out of San Pedro.

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Ambergris Cay Shopping

  • Gift shops and novelty stores

    When you stay at a resort you are at the mercy of their gift and novelty store and Journey's End Resort was not different. They had a small shop selling the usual stuff you may forget or need while on the resort.I purchased some post cards, a few beers and Miriam purchased a Journey's End tote to carry her purchases back home. Anything you may...

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  • Souvenir shopping

    Toucan Too Gift Shop is located on the main street downtown San Pedro.It is not a big shop but it is crammed with nicer quality souvenirs.We all enjoyed shopping here and stayed much longer than we planned. San Pedro's main street has many little shops with local crafts and tacky souvenirs.You can also find some quality items if you look long...

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  • Beautiful crafts

    It is like an art gallery full of beautiful wood crafts, paintings, jewelries, a lot more.I think it's very reasonable considering the level of products they sell.It is a great place to relax and look around also a gift shopping.

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Ambergris Cay Local Customs

  • Creole is spoken here

    On various occassions we noticed that some of the locals were speaking a language other than English or Spanish. During our boat ride through the Belize River I asked our guide Aaron what language they were speaking and he said Creole, but not the New Orleans Creole.He told us that his ancestors were slaves that learned to shorten the English words...

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  • Belizian People

    I've traveled all over the world and I've been fortunate enough to meet some really great peple but I would have to say that the Belizian people are some of the most friendliest and genuine people of them all. While we were in Belize every single person we met were happy to speak to us and assist us without expecting anything in return, they didn't...

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  • The only English Speaking South American...

    Belize is the only country in Central America who's official language is English. Although English is the official language you will also find people speaking Spanish and Creole as well. The people of Belize are a melting pot of different cultures from the neighboring countries espeically Haiti, Honduras, Cuba and Jamaica.Foreigners who speak...

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Ambergris Cay Warnings and Dangers

  • Water Sports - Be informed

    We were sitting on a lounge chair in the beach enjoying a few frozen drinks when we noticed two young couples getting instructions on how to use the hobie cat. The guys seemed to pay very little attention, let alone the ladies, who were too busy applying sun screen and adjusting their suits. After the intructions given the two pair of couples...

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  • Mosquitos!

    Okay, I normally don't complain about mosquitos since I'm an island girl, but the mosquitos here were horrible. I came prepared for them with Off repelent with a high dose of deet, but even though I applied the Off these pesky annoying mosquitos seemed to love my blood. I was bitten in one location at least 6 times from what appared to be the same...

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  • Just be careful!

    I got mugged in Ambergris! The mugger snatched my brand new digital Canon camera and few Belizean dollars that were inside the camera case. Luckily I didn't get hurt and luckily I had just taken out the hotel keys and golf cart keys from the camera case -just minutes before it happened!The incident occurred at around 11:30pm - 12am at the beginning...

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Ambergris Cay Tourist Traps

  • San Pedro, the beach. What beach?

    If you came to San Pedro and Ambregris Caye for the beach you will be sadly disappointed. There is no real beach to be had here. Most the waterfront in San Pedro is occupied by buildings that actually reach almost all the way to the water. On some spots there is some sandy stretches but quite often it is just breakwater or wharf. If you insist on...

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  • The Old 'Time Share' Pitch

    On the morning of our only full day on Ambergris Cay, as we left the San Pedro supermarket, we were approached by two people asking us to participate in a prize draw. Sure, so Sue hauled out a ticket that said she had won US$100 and I pulled out a US$2000 'value' ticket. Wow, they said, you've won the grand prize, so we will take the $100 ticket...

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  • Hol Chan Marine Preserve

    Just off the Coast of Ambergris is the Hol Chan Marine Preserve. In a gap in the Barrier reef you can dive and snorkel with an abundance of coral life. This place is heavily visited by tourists so the reef is not at its healthist there. It is still worth it when part of a tour with the Shark Ray Alley I'd recommend the Mexico Rocks over the gap.

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Ambergris Cay What to Pack

  • Be ready for any type of weather

    If you're here for a week a roller board and a large carry on should be enough to carry all the clothing you will need. Belize is a subtropical location and there are two types of seasons, the rainy and dry season, so cool and casual clothing is recommended. Summery dresses, shorts, t-shirts and tanks, bathing suits (more than one), flip-flops,...

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  • Beach and water activity supplies

    I recommend that you bring a beach bag, those with little perferations to carry all items you will need during beach and water activities. Make sure to bring either water shoes or flips, towel, sunblock, windbreaker, hat, glasses and your own snorkeling or scuba gear. An underwater camera so you can take some great pics.

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  • Bring along a poncho

    The island is very casual and if you go in the rainy season you will get wet.Shorts and cotton tops/t-shirts are fine in the daytime. Capri's at night.Shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Bring along a lightweight rain poncho. Don't forget the sunscreen and the mosquito repellent. Bring extra batteries and lots of memory or film. It is...

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Ambergris Cay Off The Beaten Path

  • Bird Island

    The girls decided they should take mom on a tour to see some birds. They found a nice guy that would take us to a local bird island. It was a four hour tour starting at 7am.After a short boat ride, he anchored off shore, and we walked around the island.We saw herons, cormorants, brown pelicans, and frigate birds.

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  • More Croc watching

    The crocs just float there and the kids just doink them on the head with chicken parts on a string until they snap at it.After they have gotten most of a chicken down they just kinda hang out floating on the bank.For a few bucks the teenagers will hold your hand and help you pet him.For twenty bucks,they'll tell you, they' will kiss the croc for...

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  • Fun with Saltwater Crocodiles

    First you need a chicken,Then someone starts throwing the chicken out about 20 feet and letting it smack onto the water to attract the crocs.The kids know how to tease these guys up on the beach with some chicken from the supermarket.The crocs are pretty mellow but it's still kinda freaky.Most of the time they are just floating there with the kids...

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Ambergris Cay Sports & Outdoors

  • SCUBA

    There are several dive shops on the island, take your pick. They will take you out for diving or snorkeling. One place that we went was Mexico Rocks. It is a shallower area, 8-15 feet, and the water is quite clear teeming with beautiful fish.

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  • Snorkeling with White Sands Dive Shop

    White Sands Dive shop was our logical choice for our snorkeling trip since it was conviently located just steps away from our hotel. We choose to do an afternoon 1/2 day trip of snorkeling to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley which cost $55 US including transportation and gear (if you have your own snorkel gear the price is $45 US).The shop also has...

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  • Dive shops

    There are several dive shops on the island, take your pick. They will take you out for diving or snorkeling.One place that we went was Mexico Rocks. It is a shallower area, 8-15 feet, and the water is quite clear teeming with beautiful fish.

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Ambergris Cay Favorites

  • Meet new friends

    The people of Belize are extremely friendly, warm and genuine. You will definitely meet new friends while you are here. On one of our trips into San Pedro for an evening of partying and just hanging out we met Ann Marie. A wonderful Italian women who hailed from NYC then Palm Springs who works in one of the Condo's here in Ambergris Cay. Althought...

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  • Cash/ATM/Credit Card usage

    We had done some initial research about usage of cash, ATM's and credit cards and decided that for us the best thing would be to take enough cash to cover most of our expenses and take along our ATM and Credit Cards. Definitely happy we went this route. The Belize dollar is 2 to 1 American dollar and anywhere you go you can use them interchangably....

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  • Red Light, Green Light

    If you travel during the evening on the Island Ferry there are a few things you should know. At the end of each pier north of San Pedro are switches for a red and green lights. The Island Ferry does have a schedule of pick-up times, but during the evening will only stop at the pier if the red or green light is on.If you would like to travel north,...

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Ambergris Caye

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While most street food involves a cart or a hawker center, isn't the definition of street food supposed to be fresh, on the go, and not in a formal restaurant? If we define it that way, it's impossible for us to not mention how great food can taste on a beach, freshly caught in salt water and prepared in front of you. While recouping from a snorkel or sail in Ambergris Caye, Belize, you might be offered red snapper or barracuda, but lucky travelers who visit Belize between September 30 and April 24 will be able to have conch ceviche, a seafood dish comprised of raw fish marinated in acidic citrus such as lemon or lime and spiced with chili peppers, cilantro, or regional spices. This specialty, at least the conch variety, must be enjoyed while it can, since conch recently became an endangered species and the season has actually been cut two months short for the time being in Belize. VirtualTourist members also recommended Peru, Costa Rica, and Isla Mujeres in Mexico as great spots to get some beachside ceviche. If you can't make it quite that far, a slightly easier option is My Ceviche, a small takeout window in South Beach, Miami, that despite only being open for two months has already garnered great word of mouth around town!

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