Sun, Sand & Ocean-Fronting in Belize at Las Terrazas in North Ambergris

by Carolee Chanona

After a year at home to contemplate where to next, we won’t blame you if sun and the salt take precedence. Some things (or rather, places) are popular for a reason: the beachy, mangrovey, 25-mile-long, mile-wide Ambergris Caye is proof enough. It’s hustle and bustle on Belize’s most visited island, although the most danger you’ll encounter in San Pedro, the caye’s only town, is risk of getting your foot run over by a tipsy driver on a golf cart (the main form of transport). I apologize in advance. I say sun and salt, but the real draw of San Pedro is what lies just a mile offshore: the Belize Barrier Reef, attracting all sorts of snorkel-faced visitors. That’s the reality—p.s., did anyone watch TLC’s 90-Day Fiancé filmed on San Pedro? If you’re looking for where to lay your head, rest assured that there are no homogenous hotels on Ambergris Caye. What makes Las Terrazas Belize extra special, however, is its attention to detail and locavorean flair both inside its rooms and at onsite O Restaurant.

Swanky Lodgings

A few miles north by golf cart brings you to the swanky, crisp Las Terrazas Resort—its iconic wooden, over-water swings and white Pueblo Revival architecture are only the beginning. Immediately, you’re drawn to its 70-foot infinity pool that acts as the focal point of the property, framed by the on-site O Restaurant and oversized white residences. Stay for a few days—possibly in an Ocean Front Sea House or a Penthouse with its own plunge pool—each high-ceilinged townhouse ranges up to 3,100 square feet, fusing barefoot casual with luxury lodgings.

Adventure Planning in an Open-Air Lobby

On arrival, head straight into Las Terrazas’ open-air lobby towards their have-all, need-all activities desk. Although exploring on golf cart is the standard, grab one of the complimentary bikes and head out to explore: there’s plenty places to resort-hop this far up north.

Las Terrazas Bikes

And sure, there’s complimentary water sports equipment like stand-up paddle boarding or even kayaking, but the real gems lie underwater. Take a PADI Discover SCUBA Diving course or even ask to sail their Hobie cat. After, grab a Belikin and be lulled into a glorious salt-tinged afternoon nap inside a beachfront cabana.

Rooftop Vistas atop O Restaurant

Aerial Las Terrazas resort san pedro

Las Terrazas Resort & Residencies

The resort’s onsite O Restaurant is best enjoyed from up on its roof, serving up a du jour menu (meaning Belizean one night, Mexican the next, and Asian another). And because you’re on an island with fresh catch of the day everyday, make sure to order the fish and sushi!

Cilantro, tomatoes and onion brighten fresh seafood in their zingy Ceviche. Photo by Las Terrazas


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