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Ambergris Caye | Belize
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  • Type: Beaches, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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With its plentiful outdoor activities, this 36-mile-long island off the coast of northern Belize caters to the snorkeling and diving set. The island was originally built by the Mayans to serve as a far-extending trade route, spanning from present-day Mexico into Belize. Today, Ambergris Caye welcomes thousands of visitors seeking easy access to the barrier reef that surrounds the island. Snorkelers and intrepid divers alike will want to explore Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Amigos del Mar, a dependable scuba-diving and snorkeling service, offers a variety of daily excursions that depart from San Pedro. Excursion prices vary between $40 and $235 USD, depending on expedition type and length.

When you're not underwater, explore San Pedro, Ambergris' main town. Here you'll find beachside restaurants, lounges, shops, luxury hotels. You'll notice the difference between this tourist hub and Belize City as soon as you step onto cobblestone streets, which are filled with golf carts and bicycles, rather than cars. One VirtualTourist user raves, "Friendly people, slow paced, good food, lots of activities."

It's easy to get around Ambergris Caye by golf cart. You can rent a four-seater from Ultimate Rentals Belize for about $ $16.30 USD per hour. For further details on how to rent a golf cart, check out the Ultimate Cart Rentals website. You can reach Ambergris Caye by boat or plane from Belize City. For more information, consult our guide to Getting Around Belize.

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