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 edge of the island of Ambergris Caye, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Visitors will find that, though Ambergris Caye Southeast isn't considered a quiet and secluded part of the coast, it's not the most crowded beach in Belize either. It's the perfect choice for families who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since Ambergris Caye Southeast can be found within an active, busy area, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Ambergris Caye. It is near some interesting sites like The Palace Casino, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is among the attractions in the area.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Ambergris Museum. It's not far from the shores at Ambergris Caye Southeast, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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

Ambergris Caye Southeast is in the San Pedro area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The closest town is San Pedro, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the coast, San Pedro is just up the road, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Ambergris Caye Southeast will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those seeking a hotel room close to Ambergris Caye Southeast will find themselves in luck, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from in the area. You can find the closest and most convenient lodging options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

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
Belize Hutz 1.8 mi. NNE Hotel
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
Perla Escondida 2.3 mi. NE Hotel
Corona Del Mar Hotel 2.4 mi. NE Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Lone Star Grill & Cantina. This restaurant serves delicious Tex-Mex food. They are also famous for their fish and chips and hamburgers. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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
Hutz Grill (501) 226-4889 Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. NNE
Robin's Kitchen -- Jamaican Very Casual 1.9 mi. NE
El Divino Caribbean Steakhouse & Marine Lounge (501) 226-2444 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 2.0 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

Other Beaches

Ambergris Caye Southeast is just one of many beaches you can visit on Ambergris Caye.

Another option worth considering is Tortuga Beach, located within a couple of miles.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Belize, and dropping by Ambergris Caye Southeast is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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