How to Plan the Perfect Island Vacation on Ambergris Caye, Belize

by Larry Waight

Spending a beach vacation on Ambergris Caye, Belize is an incredible experience, as long as you’ve planned everything well. When visiting this island, there are dozens of beaches, attractions, restaurants and activities waiting for you. Fitting all these in your itinerary might seem like a lot of work, but here’s a quick guide to help you plan the most memorable island vacation ever.

Why Plan a Vacation on Ambergris Caye?

Secret Beach, Ambergris Caye. Image via Blue Eyed Compass

Ambergris Caye is the biggest island in Belize, and it’s half a mile from the Belize Barrier Reef, a top destination in the country. Snorkelers and scuba divers alike flock to this popular attraction. And on the island itself, a variety of water-oriented activities, including fishing, sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing, can be enjoyed. While here, you also have the choice of cycling, bird watching, taking a nature walk, or visiting the Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve.

Also to be enjoyed on Ambergris Caye: the local cuisine. Since it’s a tropical island, the food is often made using fresh produce and seafood. In addition to traditional Belizean dishes, there are also plenty of Mexican and Latin American foods available.

When is the Right Time to Visit Ambergris Caye?

Of course, you can visit this island at any time of the year, but the best time is from December to April, Belize’s dry season. By visiting during these months, you can expect to experience more sunny days, blue skies and cool nights. In Belize, winter is cooler than summer, but there’s still lots of warm sunshine. This makes Ambergris Caye an ideal winter destination. With such weather, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy offshore adventures and explore the island’s natural beauties.

Preparing and Packing for Your Vacation

Thanks to the conducive climate on the island, you don’t have to carry big scarves, coats or jackets. All you need to pack is plenty of casual, comfortable clothing (and lots of swim wear). As for preparation, you might need to exchange some currency before getting to the island. However, you can still use the banks or ATMs on the island if you need to make any exchanges after landing.

To make your trip easier and more fun, avoid creating a packed itinerary that’s so full you won’t have time to relax. Remember to leave time for sunset walks, late mornings in bed and afternoons relaxing by the water.

Top Activities to Do in Ambergris Caye

Depending on what you like, you can spend your time touring the island, participating in water activities, or relaxing on the beach. There are plenty of activities to do in Ambergris Caye, and here are a few that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Explore the Caribbean Sea

One of the natural wonders of this island is the nearby barrier reef that offers an array of water adventures. The Caribbean Sea is teeming with diverse marine life such as coral, docile sharks, rays, and fish. You can either observe the beautiful marine life from the comfort of a boat or get up close and personal with snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, or kayaking.

2. Relaxing on the Beach

Imagine how amazing it would be dressing in a light dress or a t-shirt and shorts and spending time on the beach! Relax and do some people watching. Or enjoy an afternoon cocktail.

The largest part of this island is undeveloped, lined by lagoons, swamps and lush mangroves. Therefore, it’s the perfect place for some sightseeing while you take a leisurely walk by the beach.

3. Visit San Pedro

San Pedro is one of the island’s biggest settlements and a popular destination. The town has many attractions, including art galleries, the Ambergris Museum, lively bars, local restaurants and gift shops. If you are lucky enough, you’ll find ongoing fiestas, such as the Costa Maya Festival. During such events, get to interact with the locals as you learn about different cultures and music.

Photo by ROEming Belize
Photo by Lily's Treasure Chest, San Pedro
Photo by ROEming Belize

Enjoy Your Island Getaway with Sunset Caribe

Once you’ve made your flight arrangements, the next step is securing the best accommodation on Ambergris Caye. Sunset Caribe is the perfect resort to stay in while visiting the island. Located on the tranquil bayside of San Pedro, this luxurious resort boasts amazing island views. Here you’ll enjoy modern tropical elegance, with their condo style units that include three bedrooms and a loft. The resort’s location grants you access to two restaurants, urgent care facility, and the Beach Basket grocery store.

Lounge by the freshwater pool for sunset and a sundowner at Sunset Caribe.

Regardless of the season you visit, Ambergris Caye is full of activities and wonders to be explored. Get to enjoy all the activities mentioned in this guide and any other tour that suits your tastes. Start planning your vacation today so that you can have a memorable getaway when visiting this stunning island in Belize.

Photos courtesy Sunset Caribe

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