I’ll be quite honest with you, I did not know that the Caribbean extended as far west as Belize. Nor had I heard of Ambergris Caye. But I’m super excited to learn about it! Many thanks to Aimee from Aimee’s Compass for sharing information about the largest island in Belize.
Name and Blog Name/URL
Aimee Binstead, Travel Life Blogger at Aimee’s Compass https://aimeescompass.com
Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?
San Pedro is an English-speaking town on the island of Ambergris Caye, in Belize. It’s often forfeited for the island next door, Caye Caulker, but San Pedro has plenty to offer a traveller looking for a vibrant and atmospheric getaway. While Caye Caulker radiates chilled vibes and pastel-painted wooden shacks, San Pedro pulsates with lively residents, colourful homes, and the chime of reggae music from houses and bars alike. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Jamaica! I visited to get a taste of the Caribbean while travelling Central America.
How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?
Between 2-4 days is plenty of time in San Pedro.
Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?
My arrival in San Pedro couldn’t have been more perfect. After a long journey from Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, taken by bus and boat and lugging a 13kg backpack the whole way, you could say I was pretty exhausted coming through customs. That was, until I made it to the town centre and discovered that I was just in time for the Belize Independence Day festival! There’s nothing like loud, distorted reggae tunes blasting through the air, while locals dance covered in orange paint, to give you a good buzz of excitement. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
What is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?
Any visitor to Ambergris Caye absolutely has to rent a golf cart and seek out the ‘secret beach’. Supposedly a 45-minute bike ride from San Pedro, the mission took me a good 4 hours and ended up requiring multiple beer stops and two new friends in order to find it. I can promise you though, when you get there for sunset it’s well worth the adventure!
Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?
Fancy floating on the sea in a rubber ring, and having food and drinks lowered down to you by bucket? (Silly question really). Then you MUST go to Palapas. Palapas is a wooden bar perched on the end of a pier, and while the food isn’t anything out of this world, the experience is pretty unique.
What Surprised You About this Island?
What surprised me the most is the constant energetic atmosphere of the island, which is the result of local children that run barefoot through the streets without pavements, waves between neighbours and strangers, colourful flags that link the painted wooden houses, and shop signs in bright reds, yellows, and greens.
Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?
San Pedro is a great first stop for anybody travelling into Belize from Mexico. It’s easily accessible from Chetumal ferry port, and though the journey requires all of the visa processing needed to leave one country and enter another, this is simple and straightforward at each port. One big tip for those thinking of heading here though, is to keep hold of any evidence showing that you have already paid a departure fee from Mexico, or you’ll be made to pay it again (around 360 pesos).
If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article?
To read about my experience on Ambergris Caye; seeking out the secret beach, swimming with sea turtles, and eating street food at the Independence Day celebrations, you can take a look here: https://aimeescompass.com/2015/10/10/sea-turtles-and-the-secret-beach-of-san-pedro-belize/
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