Ambergris Caye Southeast

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Ambergris Caye stands as the most famous of the Belize's cayes. Located close to a reef, the caye's beaches are relatively small, though the available space offers clean, white sand and palm trees.

Located on the southern coast of the island of Ambergris Caye, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, might enjoy stopping by Ambergris Caye Southeast for a few hours. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
Transportation to the island requires travel by air or water. Water taxis travel from Belize City, while flights from the International airport takes around 15 minutes.

Amenities and Ambiance

The Ambergris Caye's beaches are relatively small even at low tide, making the area difficult to recommend for swimming. Still, in 2014 Fodors ranked it as one of the top 15 beaches in the Caribbean. The caye is relatively close to a large reef, making the area an excellent dive spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Since Ambergris Caye Southeast will be located in an area that sees many visitors, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Ambergris Caye. It is close to The Palace Casino, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one of a number of area's attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Ambergris Museum (one of the closest to Ambergris Caye Southeast) offer an entertaining diversion and help share a different side of Belize.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Belize. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Ambergris Caye Southeast
Attraction Type Distance Direction
The Palace Casino Casino 1.8 mi. NNE Ambergris Caye
C. Emmanuel Gallery Art Gallery 2.6 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Isla Bonita Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.7 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Museum Museum 2.8 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Artesano Art Gallery 3.1 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Belizean Arts Art Gallery 3.2 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Island Dog Art Art Gallery 3.2 mi. NE Ambergris Caye

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of San Pedro is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, San Pedro is a fairly short distance away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since this beach is in a pretty popular tourist destination, it is not usually very tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For vacationers wanting to find a place that's near the water, the table that follows lists the closest options to Ambergris Caye Southeast.

Accommodations near Ambergris Caye Southeast
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Royal Caribbean Resort 1.4 mi. NE Resort
Victoria House Resort 1.5 mi. NE Resort
Mata Rocks Resort 1.8 mi. NE Resort
Banana Beach Resort 1.8 mi. NE Resort
Villas at Banyan Bay 1.9 mi. NE Resort
Caribbean Villas Hotel 2.2 mi. NE Hotel
Coral Bay Villas 2.2 mi. NE Hotel
Corona Del Mar Hotel 2.4 mi. NE Resort
Coconuts Caribbean Hotel 2.4 mi. NE Resort
Pedro's Backpacker 2.6 mi. NE Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to dine at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest places to eat is Lone Star Grill & Cantina. The restaurant offers a menu of Tex-Mex cuisine. Many guests rave about their fish and chips and hamburgers. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Ambergris Caye Southeast
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Lone Star Grill & Cantina (501) 226-4666 Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.7 mi. NE
Black Orchid Restaurant (501) 206-2441 International Fine Dining 0.7 mi. NE
Island Time (501) 226-4220 Belizean Very Casual 1.4 mi. NE
The Palmilla Restaurant (501) 226-2067 Continental Fine Dining 1.5 mi. NE
Hidden Treasure (501) 226-4111 Caribbean, Latin American Informal 1.6 mi. NE
Robin's Kitchen -- Jamaican Very Casual 1.9 mi. NE
Rico's Bar and Grill (501) 226-3739 Caribbean -- 2.0 mi. NE
Caye Coffee -- Café Informal 2.1 mi. NNE
Casa Picasso (501) 226-4443 American, Asian Fusion -- -- --
Caroline's Cookin' -- Belizean Very Casual 2.3 mi. NE
Emerald Chinese Fast Food Restaurant (501) 226-2312 Chinese -- -- --
Antojitos San Telmo -- Latin American Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Ambergris Caye, so Ambergris Caye Southeast is just one of your options.

Travelers may also want to consider Tortuga Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.

Ambergris Caye Southeast could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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