Attractions in San Pedro

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The main settlement on the island of Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Town is where it all happens.  Most people who visit here do so with the hopes of puttering around in their rented golf cart, eating lots of good local food, and relaxing on the beach.  Of course, this is all possible, but you won't want to overlook some of the attractions outside of the beaches, which include a museum and a casino.  Birders have a great chance of seeing some unique species in town, and just outside of San Pedro is an expansive nature reserve and several other natural sites to explore. 


There are a couple of beaches to visit in and around the area. You can click on the name of each beach to get additional information about that particular location.

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 alternative that beach-goers can consider 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.

The beaches in and around San Pedro are listed in the chart below.

Beaches In and Around San Pedro
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

Needless to say, you will find many other beaches within Ambergris Caye. Use this link to see our discussion of beaches on Ambergris Caye.


If you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in San Pedro.

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 directly below enables you to get some details regarding a museum you might enjoy in San Pedro.

Museums In San Pedro
Name Phone Location
Ambergris Museum -- Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Historical Sites

If you like to immerse yourself in the history of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a historical site while vacationing in San Pedro.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve. It is located 3.7 mi. South West of central San Pedro. While the original structures are not well defined due to the site’s age, you will walk among ancient artifacts of pottery, conch shells and shells used for jewelry. This is a self-guided tour, so you are free to roam the premises at your own pace.

Historic Sites Near San Pedro
Name Type Phone Location
Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve Historical Site (501) 672-2725 3.7 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Belize

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time outside? You may be happy to find out that the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a great nature preserve situated 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of central San Pedro. Just off the coast of Ambergris Caye is the oldest marine reserve in Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

View the chart below for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near San Pedro
Name Type Location
Hol Chan Marine Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Pedro Belize
Shark-Ray Alley Marine Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. South of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye


Travelers can visit the local park in San Pedro.

Boca Del Rio Park is found in northeastern San Pedro. 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.

Parks In San Pedro
Name Type Location
Boca Del Rio Park Park 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in San Pedro are summarized in the chart below.

Land Formations In San Pedro
Name Type Location
Ambergris Lake Lake Central San Pedro
San Pedro Lagoon Lagoon 1.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central San Pedro


People do not usually stay in San Pedro to gamble, although there is one such venue nearby, 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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