Ambergris Caye is the largest of the 200 plus islands that reside on the Caribbean ocean of Belize. The island of Ambergris Caye is a short 15-minute flight from Belize City and is one of the regions most sought-after destinations. San Pedro Town is Ambergris Caye’s largest city and provides tourists and expats a charming Caribbean destination that boasts the western hemispheres largest barrier reef. Over recent years Ambergris Caye has seen a surge in popularity from both tourists and foreign investors. This can be attributed to the desirable climate and favorable business system. No matter the season, Ambergris Caye typically has a climate that stays at 80-95˚F.
Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s most sough after destinations, not only has the island won numerous awards and accolades it receives over 70% of overnight tourists visiting Belize. The island was originally a sleepy fishing village, but has seen rapid growth and expansion over recent years, becoming a go-to place for expats.
Ambergris Caye is one of the most well-known and popular of the many cayes located off the coast of Belize. Ambergris Caye is a popular destination for tourists as well as retirees, in addition to the 15,000 locals who call Ambergris Caye home. Ambergris Caye used to be a small, unassuming fishing town; however, it’s popular spiked in the 1960s when it became known as a paradise for divers, thanks to its stunning barrier reef that is located just off the shoreline. Over time, Ambergris Caye became highly popular with retirees thanks to its beautiful beaches, excellent weather and low key lifestyle. In 2009, it was even voted “Best Island to Retire On,” cementing its popularity as a destination for people in their retirement stage.
Ambergris Caye is has the longest barrier reef in the entire Western hemisphere, which is why it is such a hot destination for divers, snorkelers and anyone interested in viewing and exploring the ocean and its marine creatures. In fact, Ambergris Caye is home to one of the top ten dive spots in the world, the iconic ‘Blue Hole.’
In addition to its diving and snorkeling opportunities, Ambergris Caye is ideal for just about any water based activity that locals and tourists can think of; including swimming, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, and riding on jet skis.
One of the most appealing aspects of Ambergris Caye is its old school charm, which it has retained despite the bustling tourist trade and popularity of Ambergris Caye with visitors around the world. The historic towns, businesses and areas of Ambergris Caye are filled with charming old homes, sandy roads, and a quaint, old school atmosphere which provides visitors with a glimpse into the past. Most people in Ambergris Caye get around the traditional way: walking, biking or sometimes driving golf carts which are easier to navigate over the sandy roads and beaches.
Despite its old school charm, Ambergris Caye has plenty to offer visitors who are looking for modern amenities such as resorts, new restaurants, night clubs, local coffee shops, and much more. Visitors who want to dip their toes into the more modern aspect of Ambergris Caye should consider looking for hipper resorts and spots that are more bustling–especially towards the evening and at night–than the sleepier areas of Ambergris Caye.
Visitors to Ambergris Caye who love history will definitely want to explore the ancient side of the island. The island is home to several notable ancient ruins, including ancient Mayan ruins that include the ruins of temples, a once-bustling trading center, and the remains of what used to be an ancient Mayan town.
The temperature drops down to the mid-60s in the fall and winter, and is typically in the mid-80s for most of the year. The water at Ambergris Caye is notably warm–from around the mid-70s all the way up to 84 degrees–which makes it perfect for swimming year round.
South Ambergris Village is an opportunity for private investors to own property around Mahogany Bay Village.