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 vicinity. While there are certainly more secluded beaches in Belize than Ambergris Caye Southeast, it has the right combination of charm and personality to appeal to couples and families alike.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Keep in mind that the area right around Ambergris Caye Southeast is highly urbanized, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Ambergris Caye Southeast on the South West coast of Ambergris Caye; this area boasts other attractions such as The Palace Casino, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ambergris Museum, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of 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 very close to San Pedro, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The city of San Pedro is close-by and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, San Pedro is a fairly short distance away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those looking to find a place to stay close to Ambergris Caye Southeast shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of hotels to pick from close-by. You can find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those 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
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
Coconuts Caribbean Hotel 2.4 mi. NE Resort


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Lone Star Grill & Cantina. This restaurant offers a menu of Tex-Mex cuisine. 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 little ways away.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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, you'll find other beaches besides Ambergris Caye Southeast on Ambergris Caye.

Vacationers may also want to visit Tortuga Beach, which is located one and an eighth miles away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Ambergris Caye Southeast could end up a family favorite.


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