Attractions on Ambergris Caye

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If you're looking for something to do while on your vacation on Ambergris Caye, most likely you'll find it in San Pedro.  There is a museum and a casino, not to mention the easy access to the island's most sought after dive sites.  Outside of San Pedro, however, is where you'll find an important nature reserve that is just waiting to be explored. 


There are a pair of beaches to enjoy on the island. Just click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that specific beach.

South Beach: South Beach is a clean and quiet beach on the south-east edge of Ambergris. Connected to a resort and with a few bars open to the public, it's a great spot to stop by, relax, and grab a drink, away from any big crowds.

A second location worth considering is Not-So-Secret Beach. The rocky shoreline is easily ignored once you reach the crystal clear waters. Abundant with sand bars and dense mangroves, this beach is closer to nature than your average tourist beach.

Be sure to look through the table just below to learn more.

Beaches On Ambergris Caye
Name Location Coast
Not-So-Secret Beach 4.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro West
South Beach 1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Pedro South-Southwest

Luckily, Belize has other beaches. If you want to learn more about beaches in Belize on this page.


If you enjoy learning about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Ambergris Caye.

Ambergris Museum: Tours are given of the museum collections, which includes a good quantity of Maya artifacts like pottery and flint tools. Then learn the 17th century history of Ambergris as a pirate hideout.

The chart below provides you with more information on a museum on the island.

Museums On Ambergris Caye
Name Phone Location
Ambergris Museum -- 0.4 mi. East of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Historical Sites

If you like to explore the history of foreign countries, you might want to visit a historical site during your time on Ambergris Caye.

A common landmark for vacationers is Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve. It is southwestern Ambergris Caye. They are open Monday through Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Many travelers also choose to visit Chac Balam. It is located in northern Ambergris Caye. Chac Balam is a small Maya community that existed in the area from around the year 600 AD to 900. However, it consists of all the major facets of a Maya city, including the main plaza and sacrificial alters.

Be sure to look at this table to find out more about historical sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Ambergris Caye
Name Phone Location
Chac Balam -- 7.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Xcalak Ambergris Caye
Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve (501) 672-2725 3.7 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Belize

Natural Attractions

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most enjoyable natural attractions. Just off the coast of Ambergris Caye is the oldest marine reserve in Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Boca Del Rio Park is another place that you might enjoy. On a hot Belizean day, there is no better place to have fun with family than Boca Del Rio Park, which is part playground, part water park, and always open to the public.

Ambergris Caye offers a full range choices. To get more information on natural attractions on and around the island, click this link.


Belize Casinos

People do not generally go to Ambergris Caye to gamble, but there is one such venue, Captain Morgan's Retreat Casino. <p>Despite the fact that you're on Ambergris Caye, you can still get a taste of Las Vegas. This classy Las Vegas-style casino is open until 4 a.m. so you can have the night of your life.</p>


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